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Justice gives green light to in-person high school graduations statewide

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — In-person graduations have been given the green light to take place with a condition.

Gov. Jim Justice issued a letter stated in-person graduation ceremonies for West Virginia schools are permitted to start June 22, 2020, in outdoor venues only.

  • Outdoor events must be structured to allow appropriate social distancing and other safety measures to be in place.
  • Six feet of social distancing is required.
  • Face masks are strongly encouraged.

As a result of the backlash Kanawha County Schools administrators received, the Board of Education decided to reverse their decision during its Wednesday, June 10, 2020 board meeting.

The Board of Education issued a few guidelines for how to proceed with the graduations.

Kanawha County Schools administrators canceled in-person graduation ceremonies planned at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center on Friday, June 5, 2020. High schools will instead host online graduation ceremonies.

Parents and students have been speaking out after what they perceive to be an unfair cancellation of graduation ceremonies.

Cabell County also announced its plans Wednesday, June 10, 2020, to have in-person graduation ceremonies take place.

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