Springfield Public Schools graduates will still get their chance to walk across the stage and get their diploma.
SPS officials announced that commencement ceremonies for the five high schools will take place on August 6th and 7th at JQH Arena on the Missouri State campus. A survey of students showed that 82% of respondents had a strong preference for the event.
“As we considered opportunities to honor the Class of 2020 during these challenging times, it was especially important that we listen to our seniors and their families about what they prefer,” Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent of SPS, said in a statement. “More than 2,300 people shared feedback with the district and this was key in our decision to reschedule a traditional ceremony at an appropriate time.”
Project Graduation events will also be rescheduled to coincide with graduation ceremonies.
In addition to graduation, another senior year rite of passage has been rescheduled for July. Prom will be taking place in late July, with each individual school scheduling their own date and location.
Other year-end announcements from the school district include:
- Last day for seniors is May 8. A car line will be set up at each school for seniors to pick up their cap & gown, Class of 2020 yard signs, and other purchased items. Each high school will coordinate with their students about date and time for the car line.
- All students can pick up personal items left at schools before May 21. Each school is currently working on a socially distanced way to allow this and will contact families when the system is put in place.
- Summer learning and a summer meal program will be offered by the district. The June session of the summer program will be completely online.