While Washington schools continue to wrestle with graduation plans in the face of restrictions forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Coeur d’Alene Public Schools will hold a drive-in commencement next month at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds..
Graduation for Coeur d’Alene and Lake City high schools will be held on the originally planned dates of June 5 and June 6, respectively, and the ceremonies will be broadcast on large screens with sound broadcast on FM radio, the district said Thursday.
Precautions have been approved to allow graduation to comply with guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Idaho State Board of Education and the Idaho governor’s office, with approval by the Panhandle Health District.
Seniors will arrive in vehicles with family members. Each will have a chance to leave their vehicle and cross the stage, in cap and gown, to receive their diplomas. The vehicle may not be a limousine or other oversized car or boat.
Guests will remain in their vehicles and will be able to follow the ceremony on large projection screens and listen to a broadcast of the event.
The district will provide professional photo and video services at the stage and make those images available to all families.
The ceremony also will be streamed live on social media for other family and friends to follow from home.
Venture High School will hold a similar ceremony on its campus.
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