WAYNE, NJ – The Wayne Board of Education voted to change the date for high school graduations for Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley High Schools. The new dates are set for July 8, 2020 at 10:00am with a rain date set for July 9 at the same time.
Dr. Mark Toback, the Wayne Schools Superintendent sent out a ‘ThoughtExchange’ Survey to parents and students asking for their thoughts and desires. From the results of the survey, Dr. Toback determined that the class of 2020 would rather hold one event with no guests, rather than divide the class into two groups and invite guests.The events will be live-streamed for parents to watch from home.
The BOE is also planning a Barbeque lunch following the graduation ceremony. BOE members Michael Bubba and Dawn Kumar had objections regarding the ability to keep social distancing during a barbeque, but since the Barbeque was not on the agenda, there was no up and down vote on the barbeque. Dr. Toback assured the BOE members that the after-graduation barbeque would be held in a manner deemed safe by today's social distancing standards.
The Wayne Valley High School Class of 2020 held their own student-run graduation on June 18 when it was unknown whether the BOE would be able to hold one, or if they did, what it would look like.
Now, the Governor is allowing outdoor gatherings for up to 500 people in early July, which will mean these events can be large enough to include the entire graduating class and staff at each or their graduations, but not additional guests.