VERONA, NJ - The Verona Board of Education provided many updates on the status of Verona Public Schools and its students during a public telephone conference Tuesday evening. Superintendent Dr. Rui Dioniso shared a tentative roadmap for the summer regarding both graduation and ongoing school renovations as Governor Murphy and the state of New Jersey slowly ease COVID-19 regulations. 

Dionisio said that the eighteen planned school renovation projects are currently or soon will be underway and will continue to ramp up development throughout the summer. Some of these projects include replacing old bleachers in the high school’s gymnasium as well as installing air conditioning in the schools. While he explained that there is a possibility of delays due to COVID-related manufacturing slowdowns, he assured construction will continue as efficiently as possible. 

In regard to graduation of the senior class of 2020, Dionisio provided details on plans for honoring the students’ achievements under recently loosened quarantine restrictions. Given current guidelines from the state for holding large gatherings, Verona will be honoring its students with a hybrid of virtual and in-person ceremonies. 

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These in-person ceremonies will be held for each graduating student starting Wednesday through June 3. Students are going to the VHS field at appointed times and being recorded receiving their diploma. These clips will be edited together and there will be a virtual ceremony for the entire class on June 19 which will be televised and live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook live. Dionisio said a full in-person ceremony for the graduates later in the summer is a possibility if future quarantine guidelines permit it.

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