County schools are finalizing their plans to hold graduations that keep students and their families as safe as possible.
In Hayfork, 15 students will mark their final moments in high school by driving their cars around Mountain Valley Speedway.
Acting Supt. AnMarie Swanstrom said each student may have two cars of family members joining them on the track. Cars will come to the podium one at a time. Each grad will get out of the car, accept a diploma, pose for a photo and get back in the car. One graduating student will not be at the ceremony.
Swanstrom said no one will be allowed in the track’s grandstands and Sheriff’s deputies will be on hand to enforce the rules. The ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, and will be livestreamed.
Swanstrom said the 8th grade graduation will happen in the same place and fashion at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11.
Two to graduate in Southern Trinity
In Southern Trinity, only two grads will celebrate their last day as high schoolers, which may leave some room in the STHS Gym for attending family to spread out a bit.
According to Assistant Principal Andy Felt, the graduation will take place Friday, June 12, and will be open to graduates’ family members only. He said several precautions will be in place: The gym doors will remain open to avoid contact with door handles, each graduate may only have 12 guests, seating will be arranged to accommodate social distancing, masks will be encouraged and hand sanitizer provided. In addition, there will be no direct contact between staff and students, the diplomas will be placed on a table and picked up by the graduates and the gym will be closed immediately after the ceremony.
A middle school graduation with four students will take place before the high school graduation.
Times will be announced soon.
Stay tuned at THS
Over at Trinity High School, plans are still on to have a drive-up graduation ceremony on Friday, June 12. Sarah Supahan, superintendent of schools at the Trinity County Office of Education, said only seniors and immediate family members will be invited in the track area for the event.
“Unfortunately, the public is not invited for safety reasons, but the district will be recording the speeches ahead of time and posting them on their website,” she said. “They will also live-stream the actual event so everyone can watch from home.”