Jacksboro HS releases graduation plans
Jacksboro High School has released its altered plans for graduation due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. The school plans to host the ceremony in Tiger Stadium at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 22.
The change in location from the high school gymnasium to Tiger Stadium will allow for a greater opportunity for social distancing and keeping those in attendance as safe and healthy as possible, according to a press release.
“In a meeting with administration, the 2020 Class Officers expressed their desire to have an in-person graduation on the originally scheduled date if allowable,” the press release reads. “ (…) For those uncomfortable attending, the District will live stream the ceremony.”
The district plans on limiting occupancy to 50% to stay within Governor Greg Abbott’s current guidelines. The school plans on allowing each graduate to invite 20 guests, according to the release.
Tiger Stadium’s capacity is 2,800 people with the home side having 1,700 seats and 1,100 seats are on the away side. On the home side, there are 628 reserve seats (purple seats.) According to the release, of the 20 tickets giving to the graduates four will be reserved seats while the rest will be general admission.
The district said graduates will be seated on the football field with appropriate social distancing space in-between each graduate.
According to the release, the district will also encourage social distancing for all attendees by keeping at least two empty seats between parties in any row. Two or more members of the same household may sit next to each other with two empty seats on either side. Two individuals not from the same household, but are attending together can sit adjacent to one another with two empty seats on either side. The district will also leave every other row empty between attendees.
The school also plans on encouraging, but not requiring, face coverings or mask for those who attend. It is also encouraging hand washing, use of hand sanitizing stations and for at-risk population to watch the ceremony via live stream, according to the release.
The school laid out May 23 at 8:30 a.m. as the backup date should there be bad weather on the night of graduation. Should COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines become stricter, the district has June 5 as the first backup date, June 19 as the second backup date and July 3 as the third backup date.