Local high school graduation ceremonies have not been cancelled

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Rumors circulating that local high school graduation ceremonies have been cancelled are just that – rumors.

Officials of the Griffin-Spalding County School System say that decision has not been made.

“We haven’t made a decision on graduation. We have not decided anything on graduation ceremonies as of yet,” said GSCSS Executive Director of Communications and Partnerships Kimberly Willis Green. “The only thing we’ve been focused on is making sure our students are able to activate their digital learning and for those that don’t have digital, they have printed materials. That and the meal packages. We distributed three-day meal packages yesterday and we’ll be distributing five-day meal packages Monday at the same locations from 10:30 a.m. to noon.”

Not only has no decision been made regarding the fate of high school graduation ceremonies, Green said the issue has not even been discussed.

“We’ve not had any discussions regarding graduation ceremonies,” she said. “The district has not made a decision or an announcement regarding graduation activities.”

The system’s Continuous Learning Plan began March 13, and Green said it has been working well.

“One thing I can say is that it’s been positive, that our principals and counselors, everyone in the system, has jumped in with the Continuous Learning Plan,” Green said. “Everyone has been supportive and is being a resource to students during this time.”

The first week’s meal distribution program brought thousands of meals to area youth, and next week’s is shaping up to serve more.

“The meal packages are five days of breakfast and lunch per student, and child in the community and anyone with special needs 21 and younger,” Green said.

This week, 1,403 meal packages – or 4,209 meals – were distributed.

“Our staff is doing whatever they can to support our students while they’re away,” Green said.

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