Newton USD 373 makes grad changes

Staff Writer
The Kansan
The Kansan

Due to the increase in COVID-19 infections and community spread, the Newton High School 2020 graduation will be a drive-up graduation. Students will receive their diplomas on July 31 at Newton High School.

The district set the July 31 date for a live graduation after shuttering school buildings in April under executive order of Gov. Laura Kelly — an attempt to slow the spread of pandemic COVID-19.

The district announced July 14 a move to a drive-up graduation hours after the Harvey County Commission approved a mask order — and an 80% growth in the number of cases in the county over the course of week. The same day, the county announced a third death of a Harvey County resident.

For the graduation, students will be broken into groups alphabetically and will be assigned time slots when they can pick up their diplomas. The estimated time for this event is approximately two-and-a-half hours. The high school administration asks that only one car per student graduating goes through the line to be mindful of other graduates.

Please note, if there is inclement weather, graduation will move to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. The district will be releasing more details in the near future.

The event will be livestreamed on Facebook.