Malone plans school rites

According to an email from Superintendent Jerry Griffin, the school district has announced it is moving forward with an in-person graduation ceremony for Franklin Academy, with the ceremony scheduled for Saturday, June 26, at 10 a.m. Evan Wheaton/Malone Telegram

MALONE — The superintendent of Malone Central School District updated parents and students about the district’s plans for this year’s graduation ceremony.

According to an email from Superintendent Jerry Griffin, the school district is excited to announce that they are moving forward with an in-person graduation ceremony for Franklin Academy’s Class of 2021.

The school’s graduation ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 26, at 10 a.m., with rain dates of Saturday, June 26, at 4 p.m. or Sunday, June 27, at 2 p.m., according to Griffin’s email.

The email states live streaming of the ceremony will be available on multiple online platforms for those who can’t attend.

Griffin’s email states the graduation ceremony will be held in compliance with guidelines from the state’s Department of Health, with the ceremony falling under the medium scale category for outdoor events.

This category of event allows for up to 500 people, excluding graduates, which will allow each graduate to invite three guests, according to Griffin’s email.

Under the department’s guidelines proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test or of immunization is required to attend the event, with attendees given the option of presenting proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of the ceremony, or consent to being tested on the morning of graduation, according to Griffin’s email.

Rapid COVID-19 tests will be offered on the morning of the graduation ceremony, starting at 7 a.m., according to Griffin’s email, which states further details on how to provide proof of vaccination and the district’s COVID testing schedule will be sent out closer to June.

Griffin said the district is excited to plan for graduation and other year-end activities.

“We’re excited about the prospect of planning for these events,” Griffin said, in an email.

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