Kindergartners Will Have Individual Graduation Experiences
Cumby ISD will recognize seniors and eighth graders’ during events later this month. Both the Cumby senior graduation and 8th grade promotion will take place outdoors, Superintendent Shelly Slaughter announced this week.
Following the COVID-19 graduation guidelines established by the state for schools, each student will be limited in the number of guests allowed to attend. Those unable to attend the high school commencement can view the senior parade to the stadium and follow along with the ceremony during KSST’s live broadcast May 22.
Anyone exhibiting any of these signs is asked to please refrain from participating in or attending the graduation and promotion exercises:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle Pain
- Sore Throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees
- Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
Cumby Senior Graduation
Cumby High School seniors will graduate at the Frazier Lawrence Football Stadium in Cumby, with up to 15 guests seated inside the stadium, at 7 p.m. May 22.
Cumby senior graduation festivities, however, will being at 6 p.m., with a Senior Parade. Students will line up at 6 p.m. in separate Jeeps at I-30 Fastmart in Cumby, for a Senior Parade. The senior procession will follow the regular parade route to the school. Graduates will then be lined up with the required 6 foot distance between each to prepare to file into the bleachers.
Students and staff will be seated in the bleachers. Graduates will file into the stands 6 feet apart and sit in the home stands with a 6-foot distance in all directions.
Each graduate will have three separate labeled “family groups” for a total of 15 guests on the football field, in a “pod” of five facing the home stands, 8-feet in all directions. All guests and special guests will sit in groups of up to 5, with each pod at least 6 feet away from any other group.
Guests will be assigned arrival times in alphabetical order, spaced out in 5 minute increments.
Additional guests will be allowed to park in the elementary school parking lot, then stay in their vehicle to view the ceremony from the vehicle. Anyone who do not remain in their vehicle in the elementary parking lot will be asked by the campus officer to leave the school property.
Guests will be dismissed by pods, one at a time, at the conclusion of graduation. Each person should go straight to their vehicle instead of congregating in the parking lot in order to meet requirements for a live outdoor graduation.
KSST will also be broadcasting live those unable to attend Cumby senior graduation can tune in May 22 to catch it live.
Any additional questions or clarification may be obtained by contacting CHS Principal Jennifer Dracos at the high school Tuesday-Thursday or via email at [email protected].
Cumby 8th Grade Promotion
Cumby 8th graders will have a promotion ceremony at 7 p.m. May 21 in front of the gymnasium. All 17 eighth graders will sit 6-feet apart at the gym entrance.
Viewing for families will be drive-in style. Each student will be allowed one vehicle per family attend the promotion ceremony, unless their parents are divorced. Then, the students will be allowed to have two cars in attendance.
Guests park their vehicle facing where they can see the gym to view from the vehicle. Families will be allowed to roll their windows down or for those in trucks, to sit in the bed of the truck, to remain in compliance with social distancing guidelines outlined by the state.
Additional information can be found on the school website by clicking the COVID-19 link, then selecting “Communication” as well. Any additional questions or clarification may be obtained by contact Principal Jennifer Dracos at the high school Tuesday-Thursday or via email at [email protected].
Cumby Kindergarten Graduation
Kindergarten Graduation will be a bit different, with each student and family having an individual graduation on either May 20 or May 21. Parents sign up for their desired day on the sheet located on the bench under the awning in front of the elementary building.
Parents should park in the elementary parking lot, then sit in one of the chairs spaced 6 feet apart. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed per kindergartner.
Each ceremony will last about 15 minutes, with 30 minutes allowed for each kindergarten graduate and family to arrive, leave and celebrate.
The kindergartner will walk down the sidewalk with Pomp and Circumstance playing. The teacher will speak about their students, while standing 6 feet from the kindergartner. The child will retrieve their diploma from the table, receive a cupcake in a sealed box and grab a goody bag before leaving the property so the next student’s ceremony can begin.
Students will be able to have their photo made in front of a backdrop with their teacher and family, with social distancing observed.
In the event of rain, the kindergarten ceremony will move into the elementary foyer.