NEWINGTON – While they await a decision from school officials on their graduation, Newington High School seniors and their families can still celebrate a beloved town tradition.
A notice went out Thursday morning indicating that graduation banners may still be hung at Clem Lemire Recreation Complex this year and hung earlier than normal.
“Newington Public Schools embraces the public display of our school spirit as witnessed by the creative graduation announcement banners,” this notice read.
Banners can begin to go up as early as May 15, school officials said, and must be removed by June 30 at 6 p.m.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maureen Brummett told the Herald she hopes the banners represent a lighthearted moment in an otherwise difficult last year of high school.
“I wanted to allow seniors to do the banners earlier this year as their senior year has been less than ideal due to the shutdown,” Brummett explained.
Guidelines regarding the placement of banners are as follows: they may not exceed 4’ x8’ and they may only be hung on the fence abutting Clem Lemire and Willard Ave., as well as the fence at the exterior of Mill Pond Park.
Newington Schools are in the process of figuring out how to proceed with the 2020 commencement ceremony, in lieu of large gatherings being prohibited during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A survey has been distributed to graduating seniors and their families to collect thoughts on how the district should move forward.
Dr. Brummett is also awaiting direction from the State of Connecticut, since schools across the state – and nation – are dealing with the same dilemma.
“Stay tuned,” she added.
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