Paola High School students throw their caps after being introduced for the first time as the Class of 2019 during last year’s graduation ceremony. This year’s event is set for Saturday, June 27.

As students prepare to wrap up an unusual school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local school districts have selected new summer dates for in-person graduation celebrations.

Paola High School’s graduation has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the PHS gymnasium, according to the school’s Facebook page.

Louisburg High School’s graduation ceremony also is set to take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the LHS gymnasium.

Osawatomie High School seniors will have to wait a little longer for their celebration. The OHS graduation ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, July 19, either at the Mac Steele Gymnasium or outdoors at the football stadium.

Spring Hill High School’s graduation is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25, at the high school.

All school district officials have said they plan to follow all state and local health guidelines and restrictions during each ceremony.

Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide stay-at-home order, issued in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, was lifted at midnight, Sunday, May 3, and the first phase of her four-phase plan to reopen Kansas began the following day.

The fourth phase, which the governor has called a phase-out period, is to start June 15. Unlike the first three phases, it has no restriction on crowd size at present. That could change, based on the success of the first three phases.

Kelly instituted a statewide stay-at-home order Monday, March 30. About two weeks earlier, on March 17, the governor had ordered all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year.

The first phase of the reopening plan limits mass gatherings to no more than 10 people. The second phase, set to begin May 18, limits gatherings to no more than 30 people, and the third phase, slated for June 1, restricts crowds to no more than 90 people.

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