Local schools will celebrate their graduates at the end of the year.

In consultation with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, the four local school boards – Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord, Conseil scholaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board and Near North District School Board – are confirming that school administrators will move ahead with virtual ceremonies with the opportunity of a drive-by component to “provide graduates and a few immediate family members a safe yet unique celebration.”

The release says elementary school administrators are invited to offer virtual ceremonies to their graduating students with the possibility of a drive-by element if it is feasible and safe.

The boards state all scheduled drive-up components will be done with all safety precautions in place and in alignment with the approach outlined in the recently released Guide to End of School Year Celebrations by the Province of Ontario.

“Principals will be communicating the final details of their ceremonies with families as it will be left to their discretion to organize the most secure event. Any year-end ceremony that involves physically attending a location will be held with the support and recommendations of the Health Unit, whose oversight will address requirements such as COVID pre-screening and masking,” reads the release. “We would also like to provide a reminder that gathering before or after any in-person year end celebration is not permitted by the provincial COVID-19 measures.”

Parents are invited to contact their school administrator should they have any questions related to their specific school’s plan.