Due to a local increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, attendance at Friday’s graduation ceremony will be limited to patrons who have already picked up tickets.

Normally, all of Brady-Hipp Arena’s 1,158 seats are available. This year, graduation falls under Phase II of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, which limits large indoor venues to two-thirds capacity and requires certain safety measures to be in place. In light of increased virus cases in the area, the High School is further restricting the capacity of the Arena to about 475 people. About 415 of those are family members of graduates. Not counted in those totals are additional high school faculty seated on the floor of the Arena with the school board and the Class of 2020.

All who attend graduation, including school personnel and graduates, must adhere to the guidelines approved by the state Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. Face coverings are to be worn by anyone age 10 or older, and a 6-foot social distance kept while in the arena and in the parking areas. Inside the Arena, households may sit together. To maintain a 6-foot halo, every other row will be off limits and two chairs should be unused between household groups.

The Arena doors will open to the public at 6:15 p.m. Friday, 45 minutes before the ceremony begins.

Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance, and a limited number of masks will be available.

It is very important that anyone who has shown even the slightest symptom remains at home. Health professionals are particularly worried about these symptoms:

  • Exposure to COVID-19 within the previous 14 days;
  • A fever of 100.4 degrees or higher in the previous 14 days; or
  • Coughing or shortness of breath.

For more information, contact the High School office at (501) 825-7241.