WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Before Monday's Hearing of Citizens, Wood-Ridge Board of Education president Albie Nieves reviewed the preliminary plans for holding an in-person graduation for Wood-Ridge High School seniors at Monday night's meeting.
Nieves noted the plans were subject to change "as new orders or guidelines are issued by the Governor or federal officials." He wanted people to know that they are proceeding with a graduation and would release addition details when finalized.
The tentative in-personal graduation date is Wednesday, July 22 at 7pm to be held on Donna Ricker Field at Wood-Ridge High School. Rain dates are the July 23, 24, and 25. Any changes would be made by 4pm that day, with parents and the community being notified by Nixle and robocalls.
Each graduate will be issued three numbered tickets for guests, which will be checked at the gate by staff. Between the 91 graduates, estimated 273 ticketed guests, Mayor and Council, and faculty and staff, Nieves said the headcount would be under the 500 person headcount mandated by the governor for outdoor events.
The gate on Windsor Road by the snack stand will be the point of entry. The gate will open to the public at 6 p.m. All guests will be required to wear masks if seated in the stands, and will be asked to abide by social distancing, said Nieves. Students, faculty and officials will be seated on the field, six feet apart. Those on the field will not be required to wear a mask, but will be allowed too.
Graduates will assemble outside the gym on Windsor Road at 6:30 p.m., proceed down Windsor, through the gate and onto the field. He encouraged graduates to wear comfortable shoes, saying heels are not idea and may get caught in the turf or on the track.
The Board of Education is holding the graduation in conjunction with the Mayor and Council, and Wood-Ridge Police Department. He said that the plans will be finalized and shared with parents and students in two weeks.
Board member Rich Fallon asked about the final decision on summer assignments. Superintendent of Schools Nick Cipriano explained that summer assignments would be in Language Arts and Math, but would be optional, and there would be no penalty to the student for not completing it.
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