In it, the lawmakers requested “a common-sense provision for socially distanced outdoor graduation ceremonies where students could be recognized with understandable limits on numbers of guests, the handling of diplomas and even how many students could participate at one time.”
Singer said that can’t happen.
“While counties can choose to require additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we cannot go against the Governor’s Executive Orders," Singer wrote in an email, when asked for a response to the letter. "The current order restricts gatherings to 10 or fewer people, and graduations are not listed as exempt from this restriction.”
The letter referenced Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent lifting of his stay-at-home order in favor of a “safer at home” policy.
“We are confident that a plan can be fashioned that mirrored these provisions. It goes without saying that this would be a strictly voluntary event for students,” the letter reads.
Lawmakers wrote they believe traditions such as graduation are a major part of citizens’ personal journey to recovery.
“This class’s second semester of their senior year has been wrought by this pandemic,” the letter states. “They have, through no fault of their own, been denied the opportunity to participate in proms and other rites of passage typically afforded to graduates.”