With COVID-19 cases on the rise, Agua Fria Union High School continues to plan for July 1 graduation ceremonies at State Farm Stadium.
However, as the district website notes, “This event is still subject to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) regulations and restrictions in place for the state of Arizona on July 1. While this is approved and scheduled currently, this event is still subject to possible cancellation.”
The ceremonies are scheduled to be staggered throughout the day for Agua Fria, Canyon View, Desert Edge, Millennium and Verrado high schools.
Dennis Runyan, the Agua Fria superintendent, noted a slimmed-down ceremony is being planned.
“We are scheduled with only two guests per graduate, with widely spread assigned seating many rows apart in Farm State Stadium and students also spread appropriately apart in their seating,” Runyan said.
And, a few days before county regulations were announced, Runyan noted masks will be required at the ceremony.
“Everyone entering the building is required to wear a mask, and there is no direct contact taking place. A number of hand-sanitation stations are available as well,” Runyan said.
“We have taken every recommendation and worked closely with the venue to move forward with their planning documents and our plans.”
Runyan stressed the event will be optional for students and any staff.
“The stadium holds 73,000 people, and we anticipate under 2,500 people spread apart with masks per each carefully spaced event,” Runyan said.
“We will continue to monitor the situation. Families have continued to ask that we try to do this safely together as an optional event for our graduates.”