Just 11 days ago, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo upgraded the COVID-19 public threat level from significant (Orange, Level 2) to severe (Red, Level 1). This is the highest level, and those who live in Harris County are encouraged to follow safety precautions and limit activities outside of their home.
Following this guidance, Aldine ISD has decided to cancel the Class of 2020 outdoor graduation ceremonies, scheduled for July 22-25. District leaders made the decision after reviewing guidance from the Harris County Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Canceling our in-person graduation was a difficult decision to make, but we believe we must act out of an abundance of caution to protect the safety and well-being of our students and families,” said Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney. “I want to thank our families for their patience as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation.”
While the traditional ceremony will not take place, the District held a virtual conferral ceremony on June 1, recognizing the senior class as official graduates of Aldine ISD. During this ceremony, the Aldine ISD Board of Trustees and Dr. Goffney officially recognized the completion of graduating seniors’ high school diplomas. The graduates of the Class of 2020 are officially Aldine ISD alumni.