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San Francisco High School Seniors will graduate in person

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Finally good news for 2021 high school graduates, San Francisco Unified School District has officially announced that seniors will be able to graduate in person on June 1-3 thanks to a collaborative effort between SFUSD and the City.

Mayor London Breed said via twitter ;

Our students have missed so many important milestones this year, so I'm incredibly excited to announce that we'll be hosting outdoor graduations at Kezar Stadium and the McAteer campus for our high school seniors!

"Graduations for All" will be hosting 4,000 public high school graduates.Schools with large graduating classes will be hosted at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Kezar Stadium. The stadium will host ceremonies for Lowell, Burton, Galileo, Washington, Balboa, O’Connell, Mission, Lincoln, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, Marshall and Wallenberg.

Smaller public high schools graduation ceremonies will take place at SFUSD’s McAteer High School campus overlooking Glen Canyon. The schools enjoying what is expected to be more intimate ceremonies include; The Academy SF, Civic Center Secondary, Downtown, Hilltop, Independence, Ida B. Wells, June Jordan School for Equity, SF International, and Youth Chance.

All graduation ceremonies will follow strict safety protocols, they will have a two-hour break between events for disinfection, breakdown, and set up. Students will be seated 6 feet apart and there will be family pods of four that will sit at least 6 feet from each other in the audience. Attendance to the 2021 high school graduation ceremonies will be by invitation only and graduates can bring up to 4 guests maximum.

The District says that funds are still being raised to offer audio-visual support for families in the audience to view closeups of their graduates receiving diplomas, as well as to provide livestreaming services to those who can't attend in-person.

San Francisco has officially moved into the Yellow Tier, the state's least restrictive COVID-19 pandemic reopening tier, and this was no doubt an important deciding factor for the ceremonies to move from online to in person. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for those graduation right in the middle of the pandemic in June last year.

The current academic year, has been a very challenging year for high school students who have missed out from in-person learning and much needed social interactions with their colleagues, many students have also battled with anxiety, isolation or depression.

At the end of April, out of 25,672 SFUSD students in 6th-12th grade, only 2,000 returned to school as only those who have lived in the country for less than four years, students who are homeless, in foster care, public housing or struggling with distance learning were allowed to return.As reported by an EdSource analysis of new data released by the state, over half of California public school students, were still doing home learning and many won't be returning at all this year.

SFUSD Superintendent Vincent Matthews, who has agreed to stay on the job for another year after announcing his retirement, has confirmed that the district is working hard towards bringing all students back to the classrooms in the fall when the new academic year begins.

Congratulations class of 2021 and enjoy your ceremonies!

*The District has published a list with the high school graduation ceremony schedules .

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