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The Weld Re-8 Board of Education would love to see in-person graduation for Fort Lupton High School Memorial Day weekend. FLHS officials are making plans to do just that. But the question before the …
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The Weld Re-8 Board of Education would love to see in-person graduation for Fort Lupton High School Memorial Day weekend.
FLHS officials are making plans to do just that. But the question before the board is how many people will be able to attend, thanks to potential coronavirus concerns.
During an April 22 discussion, Superintendent Alan Kaylor thought those who wanted to attend commencement could. Present guidance from local health departments caps the attendance to four tickets per graduate. Kaylor translated that to between 650 and 700 people in the audience.
Board member Cody LeBlanc, who doesn’t want any restrictions, said if an attendance cap is in place, it should be for the first 700 people who showed up to the ceremony.
His fellow board member, Michele Bettger, disagreed.
“I would ask you this as a board. You sit on stage. It doesn’t feel like there are more than 750 people there. I don’t know. We’ve never had to monitor who comes in,” Kaylor said. “It sounds like a lot when you’re talking about that number. We’ll Livestream it.
It’s an option for parents to watch as people are watching (the April 22 school board meeting) now.”
“It’s important for families to bring whoever they want to celebrate graduation,” LeBlanc said. “I support what you’re saying. But I don’t like first-come, first-served,” Bettger said. “If we have to have a cap, it should be that everyone gets four tickets. You may have people running late, and that’s not fair that they can’t get in to let other people in. I hope it’s open to everybody.”
LeBlanc asked for an update by May 10.
“I want it put on an action item (at a potential special meeting; the board’s next scheduled business meeting is Tuesday, May 25) to allow for full attendance at graduation ceremonies,” said LeBlanc.
“I’d like to give the high school the opportunity to weigh in,” Bettger said.
“They will. We’ll have another update,” Kaylor said. “My prediction is that by that time, I’m guessing we will be at a point where we can let families in.”
The ceremony is due to start at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Bob Phelps Field.
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