TEA issues guidance for restricted graduation ceremonies, including outdoor events

Although typical indoor high school graduation ceremonies will not take place this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Texas Education Agency announced this week that school districts will have some options, both online and in-person, and subject to restrictions.

Districts can conduct completely virtual ceremonies at any time. Beginning May 15, districts can conduct “hybrid” ceremonies (a video compilation of students filmed individually or in small groups) or “vehicle” ceremonies (graduates and families participating while in autos at an outdoor venue, such as a drive-in theater).

More-traditional outdoor ceremonies, with social distancing and other restrictions, will be permitted in some rural counties between May 15 and May 31, and will be allowed in any county, beginning June 1.

The TEA news release

Texas outlines guidelines to allow socially distance graduations to continue

Also, Gov. Abbott issued an executive order allowing barber shops, hair salons and similar businesses to reopen this Friday (May 8), with limited capacities and other restrictions, even as the number of coronavirus cases in Texas were increasing by as many as 1,000 per day. The governor said gyms and non-essential manufacturers can begin reopening on May 18, also with restrictions.