Long Island school districts release new details for proms, graduations
School districts across Long Island have released details about upcoming proms and graduations.
Come June 25, about 350 seniors at Newfield High School in Selden will be able to walk in-person for graduation with a two-person guest limit. One big difference is that the graduation will be split into two ceremonies in order to follow state-mandated COVID-19 protocols
. The graduation will also be held outside on the football field.
The prom will also look different. It will be held in-person at East Wind in Wading River. The prom will be for seniors only, and they will be split into three separate rooms.
Seniors at Newfield tell News 12 they are just trying to focus on the positives of their senior year.
"I'm trying to just be grateful for what we can do and not complain," says senior Dom Mauri.
Julie Lutz, chief operating officer at Eastern Suffolk BOCES, says, "This guidance...there's a lot in here that people need to follow. It's laid out nicely and it's doable but it doesn't mean that it's easy but much of what we've done in the past 12 months hasn't been easy and we've figured out how to do it anyway."
Other school districts are still trying to finalize plans for prom and graduation since COVID-19 guidelines from the state keep changing.