Moorestown Schools Explore Options For 2020 Graduation

Anthony Bellano

MOORESTOWN, NJ — Following this week's announcement by Gov. Phil Murphy that schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year, the Moorestown Public School District continues to evaluate ways it can proceed for events scheduled for June, including graduation, the superintendent said on Thursday.

“We are working on options for each of those events and more across our PK-12 district,” Moorestown Superintendent of Schools Scott McCartney said on Thursday. “Our hearts break for our students, and we miss them.”

The decision to close schools for the rest of the academic year was not set in stone until Monday, when Murphy announced that students would not return to school this year. The governor cast doubts last month on whether graduation events would be feasible. Read more: Gov. Murphy Casts Doubt On NJ Graduations Due To Coronavirus

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"I wouldn't put any nonrefundable checks down on your celebrations right now," he said. "It's hard to say otherwise. I'm hope I'm wrong but I fear that I am not."

The spring sports season has also been cancelled, and on Wednesday, Murphy extended New Jersey's public health emergency for another 30 days, to June 7. Read more here: 4 Things To Know As NJ Gets Closer To Restart

School districts across the state have been holding off on plans for graduation in many cases hoping the restrictions on 10-person gatherings will be lifted by graduation time.

“So much of our decision-making relies on what we will be allowed to do with social distancing,” McCartney said.”

Graduation for Moorestown High School students is currently scheduled for June 18.

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This article originally appeared on the Moorestown Patch