Safe Graduation

Seniors line up to walk the stage wearing masks while social distancing during Spruce Creek High School's 2020 Graduation Ceremony at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach on Friday, July 10.

Volusia County Schools will proceed with socially distanced graduation ceremonies in June, officials announced Friday, Feb. 19.

However, proms, graduation parties and other large-group senior activities where social distancing is not possible will not be allowed.

High schools will plan alternatives to prom and other traditional activities to make the end of senior year special for graduates, said Dr. Gabriel Berrio, VCS assistant superintendent for high schools, in a news release.

VCS leaders are working closely with the Volusia County Health Department and are using CDC guidance to make decisions regarding senior activities, the news release states.

“There is no way to safely social-distance at a dance,” said Volusia County Health Department Administrator Patricia Boswell in the release.

For the Class of 2021 graduation, VCS will follow the same model used successfully last year. Graduates will be socially distanced during the graduation ceremony at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. Attendance will be limited, with up to two tickets for each senior available for purchase through their high schools. Ceremonies will be professionally live-streamed to allow extended family to watch remotely. They will also be recorded and posted on the district website.

Here is the schedule:

•Atlantic June 5, 2021 8:30 a.m. Ocean Center

•DeLand June 3, 2021 7:00 p.m. Ocean Center

•Deltona June 6, 2021 noon Ocean Center

•Mainland June 4, 2021 4 p.m. Ocean Center

•New Smyrna Beach June 5, 2021 7:30 p.m. Ocean Center

•Pine Ridge June 5, 2021 4 p.m. Ocean Center

•Seabreeze June 4, 2021 7:30 p.m. Ocean Center

•Spruce Creek June 5, 2021 12:30 p.m. Ocean Center

•Taylor June 6, 2021 8 a.m. Ocean Center

•University June 6, 2021 3:30 p.m. Ocean Center

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