SOUTHINGTON — The majority of Southington High School seniors and their families would like to celebrate graduation with an in-person ceremony even if it means waiting a couple of months.
School Superintendent Tim Connellan said Wednesday about 75 percent of recent survey respondents indicated they would prefer to postpone graduation until August, rather than hold a remote virtual graduation or attend a drive-thru ceremony at a venue like the Farmington Polo Grounds.
Connellan will propose setting a new graduation date for Aug. 7 when the Board of Education convenes a virtual meeting tonight. The graduation would take place on the football field – the town's traditional venue. Aug. 8 would be the rain date.
Connellan is hoping the district will be able to provide one overall graduation ceremony. That depends on whether current executive orders restricting large public gatherings are still in effect in August. School officials may also have to explore other options for an in-person event, including staggering the graduation with multiple, smaller gatherings.
The board is also slated to discuss a distance learning grading system recommended by school officials and a request for the town's Board of Finance to allocate unexpended funds into a non-lapsing account the school board would oversee.
According to a meeting agenda, members of the public can listen in on the meeting at 7 p.m. by telephone. The number to access the meeting is 1-650-597-0318. Upon dialing, virtual meeting attendees will be given a series of prompts, including entering the meeting's PIN number. That number is 645 324 779#. Officials ask telephone attendees to mute their phones once they are logged into the meeting.