Guidelines for Graduation Ceremonies: COVID-19

Yesterday, Commissioner Morath promulgated guidelines for graduation ceremonies. You can find the complete guidance document on the Texas Education Agency website, linked here. Of particular note, outdoor ceremonies scheduled for any time between May 15th through May 31st may be held if they comply with additional requirements. One such requirement, is that a county judge sign an attestation citing that as a rural county, the county does not have the requisite amount of COVID cases. All outdoor ceremonies (with additional requirements) on or after June 1st are allowed without such an attestation.

It is important to note, that the attestation contains some language that has caused confusion in some counties. The attestation requires a statement that: “The county had five or fewer COVID-19 laboratory confirmed cases on April 30, 2020 or on a later date, if the county had 5 or fewer active COVID-19 cases as verified by DSHS.” While confusing, this simply requires a statement that the county has five or fewer active cases on a date after April 30, 2020, or that the county had five or fewer cases on April 30, 2020.