Mask requirements for this weekend’s graduation ceremonies have been dropped, the Madison School District announced Thursday.
The use of face coverings will now be optional for students, families, guests and staff at outdoor graduation ceremonies, but the district is asking that attendees maintain 6 feet of distance between families.
The decision came after concerns were raised over the high heat index forecast for the weekend, district spokesperson Tim LeMonds said in a statement, and after the Dane County mask mandate was lifted earlier this month.
“The district is asking its Graduates to bring a mask with them in the event they need to go inside the building, as masks are required inside schools,” he said. “Additionally, health experts continue to recommend unvaccinated individuals continue wearing masks.”
The district planned 13 in-person graduation ceremonies this spring after canceling plans last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and most will take place at outdoor venues to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
East High School will hold two outdoor ceremonies Friday at Breese Stevens Field, and West High School will hold four outdoor ceremonies Friday at Mansfield Stadium. La Follette High School will hold two outdoor ceremonies Saturday at Lussier Field, and Memorial High School will hold three outdoor ceremonies Saturday at Mansfield Stadium. The ceremonies will also be livestreamed.
Capital High and Shabazz High School held indoor ceremonies Tuesday at Monona Terrace.