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Class of 2020 Graduation Information

Beaumont ISD Class of 2020 Graduation Information

 

BISD is excited to announce that official, in-person commencement ceremony dates have been determined for the class of 2020. As a result of guidance from the Texas Education Agency and Governor of Texas on May 5, 2020, all previously scheduled Diploma Distribution Celebrations will be canceled in lieu of in-person ceremonies. 

 

The District commits to making every effort to comply with applicable state guidelines; however, BISD cannot guarantee any attendee’s health or safety. Due to the highly contagious nature of the Coronavirus (resulting in the COVID-19 disease) a gathering of any number of persons is not without risk. Such risks are assumed by all persons voluntarily participating in or attending the 2020 Graduation Ceremonies described with this informational packet. We look forward to celebrating with the students, family, and friends that elect to attend. 

 

When:

  • Early College High School, June 3, 2020 at 9 a.m.
  • Beaumont United High School, June 4, 2020
    • Student’s last name A-J at 9 a.m.
    • Student’s last name K-Z at 7 p.m.
  • West Brook High School, June 5, 2020 
    • Student’s last name A-K at 9 a.m.
    • Student’s last name L-Z at 7 p.m.
  • Gates will open for seating one hour prior to the event
  • As the stadium is an outdoor venue, several backup dates have been selected in the event of inclement weather: June 6, 8, and 9, 2020

 

Where: 

  • BISD Memorial Stadium, 5250 Bayou Willow Parkway, Beaumont, TX

 

Ticket information:

  • Each graduating senior will be given one (1) graduate ticket, five (5) guest tickets, two (2) guest parking passes, and one (1) student parking pass. Students or their parent/guardian can pick up the printed tickets and parking passes from their campus main office from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 1, 2020
  • ALL in attendance, regardless of age, are required to have a ticket and will count toward the graduate’s five ticket limit.
  • Students will not be allowed to share tickets with other families/students.
  • Each ticket will have a designated entrance (Gate A, B, C, or D) at the stadium based upon the graduate’s location in the procession.
  • The tickets will include the following statement regarding the ticket holder’s current health:

I affirm, by my signature below, that I have not experienced any of the following symptoms in the last seven (7) days:

 

Cough

Sore throat

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Loss of taste or smell

Chills / Repeated shaking with chills

Diarrhea

Muscle pain

Feeling feverish

Headache

Fever of 100°or higher

Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days

All attendees will be required to sign their ticket and provide the signed portion of the ticket to the ticket taker at each entrance confirming lack of symptoms before being admitted to the graduation ceremony. Any guest that refuses to confirm their health status will be denied entry. 

 

Parking:

  • Each parking pass will be assigned a designated parking section.
  • Recommended Routes:
    • Section A: Entrance from 1-10 Bayou Willow Parkway
    • Section B: Entrance from 1-10 Bayou Willow Parkway
    • Section C: Entrance from northern 1-10 entrance or Hwy 124 (Fannett Rd.)
    • Section D: Entrance from Hwy 124 (Fannett Rd.)

Stadium

  • Parking entrances will be clearly marked with color coded signs reflecting the above diagram. 
  • Cars without a parking pass will be denied entrance to the parking lot. 

 

Entrance: 

  • The guests in each graduate’s group of five (5) will be considered members of the same “household” for all purposes. All household units must enter, exit, and sit as a group in the same seating section for the duration of the event.
  • Red Xs in ten (10) feet increments will be marked on the ground leading to the entrances in order to facilitate social distancing between household units while waiting to be admitted to the stadium. 
  • All individuals will be required to sign a statement on their ticket confirming that they have not experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last seven (7) days and/or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days to enter.
  • Seating will be marked for groups of five (5) from the same household unit with ten (10) feet of distance between each group. Open sections will be marked in green tape. Closed sections will be marked in red tape. Each graduate’s guests are required to sit in one green section. A household unit may not sit in more than one section in order to ensure adequate seating for all guests with appropriate social distancing.  
  • Seating is not assigned and open seating areas marked in green tape will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • All members of your party must be present in order to obtain entrance. Once a ticket assigned to a particular graduate is presented, no other tickets related to that graduate will be valid for entrance.

 

Other Information:

  • Students will be socially distanced while seated on the field and when lining up during the ceremony. 
  • Should you need handicap assistance, please contact the central office on each campus to facilitate accommodations. 
  • There will be no graduation rehearsals, per guidance from TEA.
  • Security will perform visual bag checks and use metal detectors.
  • All participants are encouraged to wear a mask, but not required. Graduates will be provided a school logo mask. 
  • A photographer will be taking photos of all students, which will be made available for download to the public free of charge; therefore, all attendees are required to remain in their seats for the entirety of the event.
  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, attendees must remain seated until they are dismissed by section and row by the announcer. All attendees are required to immediately exit the facility and grounds after being released from the event. Beaumont ISD will not permit gathering in the facility or in the parking lot following the event.