LHS seniors graduate more than a month late due to coronavirus worries
CHRIS RODEN FOR THE LACLEDE COUNTY RECORD
On June 27, more than a month after the May 15 date originally slated for graduation, around 252 members of the Lebanon High School Class of 2020 walked into Cowan Civic Center as “Pomp and Circumstance” played over the loud speakers.
The event featured most of the traditional pomp but also some unusual circumstances created by COVID-19 and the need to safeguard attendees as much as possible.
“We took some measures that I think were very helpful in demonstrating our commitment to student safety in light of the pandemic that is going on now,” LHS Principal Kevin Lowery said.
Thermometers played a key role since student health was a primary concern.
“We checked temperatures of all the kids as they came into practice and the graduation ceremony. No one was turned away because they had a temperature of 100.4 or higher, which was the CDC guideline, so we felt very good about that,” Lowery said.
Social distancing placed a three-foot buffer zone between the seniors themselves.
For more on this story see Wednesday's LCR.