School moves forward as pandemic restrictions loosen
Since late April the State of Oklahoma has seen some changes to the restrictions put in place to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. As with that, Governor Kevin Stitt announced a three-phase plan to loosen restrictions.
With further changes currently outlined, the State School Board could follow suit in the coming weeks, meaning schools may be able to start moving forward with certain summer plans. The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association reopened its offices last week as well.
In Canton, they had to slightly adapt their graduation plans on several occasions, but in the end, chose to continue with the graduation ceremony last weekend in the school parking lot. The restrictions in place forced Canton to have to keep families in their vehicles for the outdoor ceremony while announcing each student on a loudspeaker. The event was also video streamed for those who could not be in attendance.
It was a unique celebration to say the least, but with loosening restrictions across the state there is always the risk at a possible surge in cases which could derail future plans. That made it difficult for schools to plan their graduation too far out, as many any the area have chosen to take advantage of the current window.
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