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Class of 2020

Dear SBISD families, students, colleagues and community members,

This afternoon, Governor Abbott held a press conference during which time Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath addressed high school graduations.

Specifically, Commissioner Morath stated that districts may hold outdoor graduations, while following specific health and social distancing guidelines that are to be announced. Based on the TEA website, we expect more specific guidance to be issued via the Governor’s Executive Order.

Spring Branch ISD leaders and high school principals will be meeting this afternoon via a Zoom call to begin conversations about how we might consider graduation ceremonies in line with the new information we received this afternoon. On this call, it will be my direction that our teams work as fast as we can, and only as slow as we must, to consider how we can provide an in-person graduation for the Class of 2020 based on Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order. 

Throughout this pandemic, our commitment has been to provide a meaningful experience for our seniors, while following the health and safety rules set forth by local, state and national government and health agencies. Our commitment also has been to remain flexible as new circumstances arise or new guidelines are shared. 

With all these considerations in mind, we will work swiftly this week to develop a plan in response to this afternoon’s announcement. We will keep you informed, and we hope to have a plan to share with you as soon as we are able. 

Separately, tomorrow Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is expected to announce a plan for a virtual citywide high school commencement celebration with an in-person component. We appreciate Mayor Turner’s commitment to recognizing the Class of 2020 and look forward to learning more about his vision for this celebration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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