The Anchorage School Board has ruled that high school graduations will have attendance limits: No more than two attendees per student are allowed to accompany graduating seniors for the big day.
Graduations will be held outdoors beginning May 5 and continuing through the month at Anchorage high schools. The school board says that due to the current emergency order from the acting mayor of Anchorage, attendance must be limited.
Some parents are unhappy with the decision.
“This is an outdoor event,” wrote one parent. “It will be easy to spread out. We have families making plans to travel to Alaska to celebrate with us and now we can’t have them at the ceremony.”
Over 30 percent of Alaskans have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine; 372,157 vaccine shots have been given in Alaska so far. Another 60,000 Alaskans have had the illness within the last year.
Last year, graduation was canceled due to the mayor’s policies surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, the ceremonies are taking place in the football stadiums of the various high schools, as listed at this Anchorage School District link.