Graduation ceremonies originally scheduled for later this month are in danger due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Monroe County School Board will meet about the high school graduation ceremonies during their next meeting on Thursday.

Current plans are to hold the graduations at the end of the month, however things may change.

Currently, Sweetwater’s graduation is set for Thursday, July 30, Sequoyah’s is scheduled for Friday, July 31, and Tellico Plains’ is on the slate for Saturday, Aug. 1.

According to Monroe County Schools Director Dr. DeAnna McClendon, a couple of options will be on the table during Thursday’s meeting.

“If the number of COVID-19 cases stay down then we think we can hold the ceremony on our football field and keep people six feet apart,” said McClendon. “If not we may have to do something with six or seven students at a time and let them have their picture made.”

She noted that nothing has been officially decided and that she and the board members are still planning different scenarios.

Prom will also be discussed during the meeting as those events are up in the air as well.

As of now, only Sequoyah High School has been confirmed to host its prom event.

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Information on the meeting and any decision officials come to will be reported in next week’s Advocate & Democrat.

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