Terrell High School is planning for graduation to be held on Friday, June 12, Supt. Dr. Georgeanne Warnock told the school board Tuesday.
As it stands now, about 300 Terrell High graduates will walk the stage at Memorial Stadium. The commencement ceremony will start at 8 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Jamie Foxx Performing Arts Center.
The school district surveyed high school seniors and more than 80% said they want to walk across the stage with their classmates, Warnock said.
The significance of graduation is paramount to some students, she indicated.
“Several students will be the first generation in their families to graduate from high school,” said Warnock.
School board President Dena Risinger, said: “I’m really excited about graduation. That warms my heart and that gives us a sense of hope looking forward.”
Warnock indicated that the district also was considering staging prom at a later date.
On another front, Warnock told trustees that school personnel have connected personally with 98 percent of TISD students and issued material to them. The district is working to arrange home visits to children with whom they have not connected.
The school district accomplished its fourth and final Chromebook pickup last week and now will issue the computers at the Administration Building between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday based on individual needs.
Also, the district is expected to move forward next week with establishing WIFI hot spots in each campus parking lot so that parents can connect with the Internet from the safety of their automobiles, Warnock reported.
In addition, Warnock briefed the school board on the establishment of a committee led by Deputy Supt. Jason Gomez tasked with developing a plan should school be called back into session this year.
“If we do return to school – and that’s a big if – we would have to progress slowly … and be thinking about safety measures and protocols that we would have in place that would be different from a pre-COVID world,” she explained.