Graduation Update

SCS Chiefs

Good afternoon,

This is Tracy Manor, Principal of Saranac High School. It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I share the following news. For the Graduation Ceremony scheduled on June 25that 7:00pm, there will be no restrictions. Seniors will be allowed to bring as many guests as they would like. Masks continue to be optional for vaccinated guests. New York State strongly encouragesthose who are not vaccinated to wear masks. I have included the most recent information received today regarding the newest guidance. The timing of my email update yesterday preceded the Governor’s announcements. I appreciate your patience and support throughout the school year and am thrilled that our Seniors and the entire community will be able to enjoy this final and most important event of the School Year. Have a wonderful day.

Please see the below updates as of June 15, 2021.Pre-K to Grade 12 End of Academic Year Celebration Events, including Graduations.

•The June 7, 2021 update to the Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency does not apply to end of academic year celebration events, such as graduations and moving-up ceremonies, which are large, public events that occur outside the scope of in-person academic instruction, scholastic, and extracurricular activities.

•As announced by Governor Cuomo on June 15, 2021, MOST COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted as 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series. As New York surpassed that threshold, the State's health guidelines—including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing—will become optional for most industries, including pre-K-12 education end of year events, provided however there are two exceptions that continue to apply to end of academic year celebrations:

o Masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals, pursuant to federal CDC guidelines.

o Large-scale indoor event venues —defined as venues that have an indoor capacity of greater than5,000—will still follow the State's existing health guidance for large events. Specifically, consistent with the State's implementation of the CDC guidelines, proof of vaccination can be used to eliminate social distancing and remove masks for fully vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated or unknown vaccination status individuals who are over the age of four must continue to present proof of a recent negative diagnostic COVID-19 test result and wear masks within the venue. However, social distancing can be reduced or eliminated between tested attendees, allowing venues to reach 100 percent capacity in all sections. (See below and linked materials for additional guidance.)

•Please again note that, not withstanding that 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series, the Department of Health’s Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency remains in effect.