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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Halifax County Schools’ traditional high school graduation exercises; however, the high schools and district leadership are committed to providing a memorable experience during this unprecedented time following safety guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of participants, the school system said.

Governor Roy Cooper, the Centers for Disease Control, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Halifax County Health Department have provided guidance on steps the district can take including practicing social distancing, number of attendees, and requirements of all in attendance to wear cloth face masks or coverings.

In accordance with the recent Executive Order and in consultation with Halifax County Health Department and Halifax County Sheriff's Office, the high schools will host commencement exercises on their sites.  

The traditional high school students will receive their diplomas in subgroups at a time while maintaining social distancing.   

Each graduate will be permitted to bring three guests.   

The graduates and guests will be rotated through the ceremony to ensure compliance with the recent Executive Order in regards to mass gatherings while maintaining social distancing.   Each graduate and guest are required to wear a cloth face mask or covering while in attendance.  

The dates and times of each school commencement ceremony will occur as follows: 

Empowerment Zone commencement ceremony will occur on Tuesday, June 9, at 9:30 a.m.

Northwest Collegiate & Technical Academy commencement ceremony will occur on Wednesday, June 10, at 9 a.m. 

Southeast Collegiate Preparatory Academy commencement ceremony will occur on Thursday, June 11, at 9 a.m.

Students will receive letters with specific arrival times and logistics by June 3.  

In the event of rain, the dates are as follows:

Empowerment Zone, Tuesday, June 16, at 9:30 a.m.

Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy, June 17, at 9 a.m.

Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy, June 18, at 9 a.m.

Middle school promotions

William R. Davie STEM Academy will post a ceremonial video to promote their eighth graders. The date of this event will be June 6. The video will be posted via YouTube and the school/district websites on this date. 

Enfield Middle STEAM Academy will host a virtual 8th grade promotional exercise on June 11, at 6 p.m. via Facebook and Instagram Live.  

The school will provide additional information regarding social media access to the event.

Elementary school promotions

The district will not hold elementary promotional ceremonies this year. 

The principals from each elementary school will send personalized notes to 5th graders who will be transitioning to middle school for the 2020-2021 academic school year. 

Superintendent Eric L. Cunningham will deliver a special message to PreK through 5th grade students.

Other celebrations

To honor 2020-2021 Halifax County Schools Teachers of the Year, the district will celebrate with a parade on Tuesday at Central Services. 

The start time for the event will be 11a.m.