Letter to Seniors & Graduation Safety Plan
May 22, 2020
Dear Class of 2020 Seniors and Families,
Bastrop ISD has developed a comprehensive Graduation Safety Plan that takes into consideration Governor Abbott’s executive orders, the Texas Education Agency’s guidance for outdoor graduation ceremonies, and BISD’s safety rules for Memorial Stadium during COVID-19.
Even with these safety measures in place, participating in an event of this nature has inherent risk and is voluntary. Our seniors and guests are encouraged to evaluate their own risk level and make the decision that is appropriate for them. For graduating seniors or guests who are in a high risk category, we ask that you forego this event and stay safe at home.
All graduates and guests are expected to follow the Graduation Safety Plan. Because this situation continues to be fluid, additional (and possibly different) directives may be provided before or on the day of graduation depending on circumstances. Your cooperation will enable us to create the safest environment possible. Our intent is not to limit your personal freedom but simply to create a fun yet safe graduation ceremony. Please be responsible and respectful and do your part to protect yourself and others!
All staff, seniors and guests will complete a self screener prior to entering the stadium for any new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19. Any person with these symptoms will not be eligible to participate or attend.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chills or repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100°
- Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19 if exposure to the active confirmed case occurred within the last 14 days
In accordance with our local health authority, any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must present documentation they are no longer positive or a risk to the public. Documentation must be in the form of a note from a physician that the person has had two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.
While this year’s commencement isn’t what any of us expected, we have tried to create a memorable experience, keeping many of the traditional favorites about graduation while at the same time putting in place these important safety measures. We look forward to seeing you at Memorial Stadium for your 2020 graduation celebration!
Barry Edwards, Superintendent
Graduation Safety Plan
Live Stream Links
Traditional graduation ceremonies will take place in-person at BISD Memorial Stadium, 755 TX-21, Cedar Creek, TX 78612. Guests who prefer to stay home can watch the ceremonies via live stream at the links below.