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Jefferson High School Class of 2020 Graduation Plan

Posted Date: 05/19/2020



May 29, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

Jefferson ISD is proud to announce procedures for the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony.  Pursuant Governor Gregg Abbott’s Executive Order, the Texas Education Agency has provided specific guidance for graduation ceremonies (see attached).  Our plans were designed within the mandated framework, putting the safety of all participants and the greater community first.  We are thankful to be able to offer the Class of 2020 a traditional in-person graduation.  Please carefully read the following and adhere to the protocol to ensure the safety of all before, during, and after the ceremony.  

ARRIVAL:  Gates will open at 6:30 p.m.  Upon arrival observe the social distancing guideline of at least six feet while in the parking area and while in line waiting to enter the stadium.  Masks/facial coverings are recommended, but not required.

SCREENING:  All participants and attendees will be screened prior to entry (see attached for screening and symptoms).  If you are exhibiting any symptoms you will not be allowed to enter the stadium.  

ENTRY:  Graduates and graduate family members who will be seated on the field will enter gate 3 (large double gate).  Additional family, friends, and general public will enter gates 1 and 2 (gates on the sides of the ticket booth).  

SEATING:  Graduates and up to nine family members per graduate will sit in designated areas on the field.  Seating for all other attendees will be available along the track in socially distanced chairs and both home and visitor bleachers.  Do not move the chairs located on the track.  Bleachers marked red are not for use and are excluded to ensure proper distancing.  Up to five members of the same household may sit together in the bleachers, but must stay at least six feet away from any other family group or individual at all times.  When entering a row in the bleachers move along the row as far as distancing allows to prevent violation of distancing guidelines and maintain bleacher capacity.  Both school and security personnel will be present to ensure guidelines are followed.  

CEREMONY:  To ensure compliance with distancing guidelines please remain at your seat during the ceremony.

EXITING:  Graduates and family that are seated on the field will be the first to exit the stadium.  All other guest will be dismissed soon after in an organized manner.  Please do not exit until asked by JISD administration.  No group gatherings or photos will be allowed on school premises.  

ALTERNATIVE VIEWING:  The ceremony can be viewed on Facebook live via link on the JISD website and will be aired on KMHT 103.9 radio.  If your attendance is not necessary it is recommended that you participate through an alternative method.

JISD asks that everyone do their part to ensure the safety of all participants and attendees by following the protocol explained above and as required by state mandate.  Let’s make this a safe and memorable experience for the Class of 2020.  Thank you for your cooperation and support.  We are looking forward to honoring and celebrating the Class of 2020!


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The Jefferson Independent School District is proud to announce a district-wide change in policy of serving meals to children under the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program for the 2019 – 2020 school year.  Jefferson I.S.D. is now eligible to operate the Community Eligbility Provision (CEP), which provides free breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge and eliminates the collection of meal applications for free, reduced-price, and paid student meals.   The approach reduces burdens for families and school administrators and helps ensure that student receive meals.