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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & DiMaso Call for Outdoor Graduation Ceremonies

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena (R-Monmouth) called for Governor Murphy to allow school districts to conduct outdoor, socially distanced graduation ceremonies.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena (R-Monmouth) called for Governor Murphy to allow school districts to conduct outdoor, socially distanced graduation ceremonies. (Pixabay)

“The fact is that this is a one-time, huge life event,” said O’Scanlon. “Parents want to protect their children so of course they wouldn’t try to engage in any ceremonies that would put their children in danger. It is completely possible to conduct a ceremony safely with social distancing, especially outdoors!”

“We have had several towns and residents reach out with solid and safe plans for potential ceremonies,” DiMaso continued. “At least one plan laid out social distance on a football field. You can easily stay six feet apart and limit tickets for students. These are graduations that wouldn’t take place until June, we are slowly opening locations and this is a one-time milestone for these students. They can make it work, parents aren’t going to put their children in danger. Having a virtual ceremony is unnecessary and unfair when we know there are proposed safe and logical plans to give these students their one day of celebration.”

“We have drafted legislation to allow for these ceremonies but, honestly, we shouldn’t have to legislate common sense. A football field or other outdoor stadium is plenty of room for most size graduation ceremonies. They can split the class in half to reduce the number of people at a time. There are plenty of logical, innovative ways that parents and school officials have proposed to make this happen safely, the government just needs to get out of the way.” O’Scanlon concluded.

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