Graduation plans must change again

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

After making plans to conduct Benson High School’s graduation ceremony at the football field administrators are having to look for a new venue for the Class of 2020.

Minnesota essentially banned large-scale high school and college graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 last Friday due out of concern that they would lead to gatherings where the deadly coronavirus could spread.

The Minnesota Department of Education and the Office of Higher Education issued guidance saying indoor graduations and ceremonies held outside in stadiums and on football fields are not permitted. The agencies are encouraging schools to hold online events instead.
Gov. Tim Walz, a former high school teacher, called it a painful decision but said he must rely on what the health experts are telling him.

“We are trying our best to make sure that we are striking that proper balance between public health and these important social milestones,” Walz said during his daily briefing for reporters May 8.

Minnesota’s death toll from COVID-19 rose to ___ as of Tuesday, while the confirmed case count is now near 12,000, the Minnesota Department of Health reported.

“The seniors deserve some kind of graduation ceremony where they can walk across some kind of stage,” Principal Mike Knutson said at  Monday night’s board of education meeting. He told the board he is still working on a plan to give the Benson High School seniors a graduation ceremony where they can walk across a stage in front of their classmates...

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