Hardin County High School graduation ceremony delayed, prom canceled

The graduation ceremony for the Hardin County High School Class of 2020 is being delayed and their prom canceled because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Citing consultations with local health officials, Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis announced Friday that the graduation ceremony is rescheduled for Friday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Jim Carroll Stadium at HCHS.
“Yesterday, Gov. Bill Lee held a press conference and shared important information to everyone for school systems to consider as we continue to plan our graduation and the other events that celebrate and honor our seniors. One of the main points in his update was to consult with your local health officials for their guidance and recommendation on the health and safety of hosting these events,” Davis said.
The first contingency date in the event of bad weather is Saturday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m., followed by Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m. if weather again forces a cancellation.
Davis said he felt it best to delay the ceremony to help protect the health of attendees, and noted that the state is only now beginning to relax coronavirus-related restrictions.
Graduation was initially set for May 22.
Davis also noted:
• Some specific guidelines may have to be established for the graduation ceremony if social distancing recommendations are still in force. He said the number of guests may be limited, and rules regarding rest rooms and entering the stadium put in place. If so, that information will announced by June 5.
• Baccalaureate is on Thursday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. Again, special rules to be announced by June 5 may be in place.
• “For now, we have no choice but to cancel the prom. Because of the social distancing recommendations, we will not be able to share a rescheduled date at this point,” Davis said.
“We certainly appreciate your continued support and please know that when decisions have to be made in times like these, my hope is we always make the best and safest decision for our children,” he said. “Please continue to stay safe and always be mindful of the continued recommendations for your health and safety.”

1 Comment

  1. Bernard on April 26, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Can’t you delay prom until late 2020, when students get back from college?

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