2 Fort Smith high schools considering other options for commencement ceremonies

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Both Northside and Southside high schools in Fort Smith are opting out of their traditional commencement ceremonies.

Graduations typically held at the high schools football fields are being reconsidered to follow current COVID-19 restrictions.

Earlier today the district announced it is looking into larger indoor venues such as the Fort Smith Convention Center but no decisions have been made.

Northside High School will have its commencement on July 6 and Southside will be July 7.

The option to modify graduation ceremonies and move them to an indoor venue, like the Fort
Smith Convention Center, continues to be explored by the District administration in
conversation with school principals, health officials, and the Division of Elementary and
Secondary Education.

Students and families have shared input through a March 25 survey on graduation as well as graduation surveys sent to each class on Monday, June 15. When asked, 77% of Southside respondents and 80% of Northside respondents said they will participate in graduation ceremonies regardless of time, location and order of ceremony

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