ILLINOIS GRADS! IDPH, ISBE release joint guidelines, school Graduation optional once again

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Graduations can once again be held, or not, by a school of choice under the joint guidelines presented by Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education.

On Saturday, the two agencies released the revised guidelines to schools allowing for limited ceremonies to take place. Under the guidelines, both virtual and social distancing graduations can occur.

While virtual ceremonies continue to be encouraged, Drive-Thru ceremonies will be allowed to continue. In April, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School became the first school in the State to suggest such a ceremony take place. At last count, over 200 students had elected to take part in the drive-thru ceremony.

The Guidelines say only Students and immediate family members who are staying at home together should arrive in waves and leave after their individual recognition.

As of Sunday, no local schools have announced the notion of letting families participate in ceremonies.

Other recommendations for schools from the agencies included individual ceremonies where presenters visited a graduates home and individual ceremonies at school during prearranged times.

Last week, BBCHS announced a drive-thru graduation would take place on May 4th and 5th this week prior to a ISBE announcement calling of a haul to ceremonies across the State of Illinois.

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