The North Tonawanda and Niagara-Wheatfield Central school districts recently released revised graduation plans and protocols based on the most recent New York state guidelines.
The NTHS graduation will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at the North Tonawanda High School All Sports Athletic Complex, with a rain date of 10 a.m. Sunday, June 27. Family and guests may enter the All Sports Athletic Complex at 9:30 a.m.
The NWHS graduation ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, in the new athletic stadium located behind the middle school/high school complex. Entrance opens at 8:30 a.m. (guests must present an admission ticket). At 5:30 p.m., students will gather at the high school for the car parade. That begins at 6 p.m.
The following COVID-19-related information from both districts is accurate as of June 15:
For events (i.e., graduation ceremonies) above the state’s social gathering limit of 250 attendees indoors and 500 attendees outdoors:
√ Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or be socially distance. (Niagara Wheatfield will have socially distanced seating for families. North Tonawanda will have socially distanced seating for graduates, no masks required.)
√ Neither proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result is required for admission to the ceremony.
√ Children under the age of 16 who are not yet vaccinated may be seated with a vaccinated adult.
√ Unvaccinated individuals and those who have an unknown vaccination status must continue to be socially distanced (masks will be optional for unvaccinated individuals seated outdoors while socially distanced).
√ Unvaccinated individuals will be expected to wear a mask until seated and socially distanced.
Both districts have said they will be abiding by a 33% occupancy limit. Niagara-Wheatfield will allow three guest tickets per graduate. North Tonawanda will allow two guests per ticket.
For more information on North Tonawanda High School’s graduation plans, visit www.ntschools.org/Page/2#calendar1223/20210617/event/19935.
For more information on Niagara Wheatfield High School’s graduation plans, visit www.nwcsd.org/o/nwhs/article/480771.