Update: The School District of Palm Beach County has issued a new statement to clarify that it is exploring new commencement options.
In an email sent to seniors and their parents yesterday by the School District of Palm Beach County, Superintendent Donald Fennoy announced that all graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 at the South Florida Fairgrounds have been cancelled.
In the statement, Dr. Fennoy wrote “Cancelling this annual tradition at the fairgrounds is something I never would have envisioned before COVID-19 changed life as we know it.
“Please know that your teachers, your principals, your superintendent and everyone who assisted you along your educational journey are profoundly proud of you and your accomplishments. You deserve to be celebrated in grand fashion. I regret, more than I can say, that this is just not possible to safely accomplish in a public setting at this time.”
It is a move that did not come as a surprise, yet is still another major casualty of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, the School District of Palm Beach County closed all campuses, and is currently operating “distance learning,” with both teachers and students staying home to exercise social distancing.
On March 17, it was announced that the School District had extended school closures to April 15, but that date has since been extended to May 1 throughout the State of Florida.
Seniors have been hit particularly hard by the restrictions and cancellations that have resulted from the coronavirus crisis. Last month, we spoke to seniors from Boca Raton High School about how they‘re handling the impacts.