Lacey Township High School Principal Brandis sent a letter out to parents and students informing them that they WILL be having a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020. The announcement is also on the Lacey Township High School's website.

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In a letter sent out from Principal Gregory Brandis of Lacey Township High School, their Graduation Ceremony will be Friday July 10th, 2020 (rain date Saturday July 11th, 2020) on the Lacey Township Football Field.

Here are the main bullet points from his letter:

  • "We are excited to be able to celebrate Lion Pride and commemorate the amazing accomplishments of the Class of 2020. We are committed to holding a ceremony that allows our seniors to celebrate the rich traditions of Lacey Township High School."
  • He continued in the letter - We are required to submit our graduation plan to the NJ Department of Education 7 days prior to the event and we must ensure compliance with the varying restrictions including the following:
  • The ceremony will take place outdoors and all attendees must remain outdoors at all times during the gathering, with the sole exception of restroom use.
  • We must consider class size and the available space of the football field in light of social distancing protocols to determine the number of ceremonies needed. Depending on the amount of people allowed to gather at an outdoor event at the time of the ceremony, we may need to conduct multiple ceremonies and to follow CDC and NJDOH-recommended cleaning protocols in between ceremonies.
  • Students will walk across the stage and pose for a picture individually.
  • According to state guidelines, we will keep the ceremony at an appropriate length to honor our graduates but to minimize potential exposure to all attendees.
  • As per the governor’s Executive Order, all attendees must wear face coverings in accordance with CDC recommendations.
  • We may consider limiting the number of guests that are permitted to attend the ceremony or we may hold a student-only ceremony. This decision will be determined at a later date.
  • The final plan will be shared with students and families once it is approved by the NJ Department of Education. Keep in mind, there may be modifications to the ceremony plans up until the week of July 10th as restrictions and guidelines continue to change.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020. Hopefully other Ocean County Schools will have Graduation Ceremonies, too.

Sue Moll
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