Priest River Lamanna High School approved to hold traditional, in-person graduation ceremony

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PRIEST RIVER, Idaho — Panhandle Health has approved Priest River Lamanna High School’s request for an in-person, traditional graduation ceremony.

Principal Joseph Kren made the announcement in an email to families on Friday.

“We had decided early on that we would have a traditional graduation ceremony for our seniors even if it meant going into the summer a little. We felt they deserved it after all their hard work,” Kren said.

The ceremony is set for Saturday, July 11 at 10 a.m. Students will be seated six feet apart in the outdoor athletic stadium seats.

Family and friends are invited to join their students by sitting around the track infield and the connected practice field near the track. Social distancing will be observed and guests are asked to sit in family groups or as individuals, while maintaining the required six foot separation.

The high school was also approved to hold a special graduation ceremony for two seniors who have enlisted in the U.S. Army and are being shipped out before July 11. That ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 at 10 a.m. and the same social distancing requirements will be followed.

Other high schools in N. Idaho have submitted requests for in-person ceremonies. Earlier this week, parents and students in the Lakeland High School community protested graduation ceremony restrictions. Several high schools are planning to hold ceremonies where seniors will have to celebrate from inside their cars in an effort to maintain social distancing efforts.

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