While even just a month ago it looked likely that all kinds of graduations would be canceled altogether due to the coronavirus crisis, as restrictions are now slowly being lifted, schools in Pärnu County are working on plans for graduation ceremony formats that will allow them to take place after all, regional paper Pärnu Postimees writes.
"At our little school, where 11 students are graduating, there will be no problem arranging the graduation ceremony in such a way that it is safe," said Häädemeeste High School principal Aule Kink according to the paper (link in Estonian).
Some schools, such as Lihula High School, will be going the route of holding their graduation ceremonies outdoors, which as of June 1 will mean that more people, including parents, can attend; others, including Pärnu Sütevaka High School of Humanities and Pärnu Koidula High School, are delaying their graduations until early July, as event attendance restrictions are set to be relaxed further as of July 1.
According to principal Ain Keerup, Sindi High School will be among those schools who will likely go the route of broadcasting their graduation ceremonies online, and restrict attendance at a closed ceremony to just students and school staff.
Pärnu Joint High School, meanwhile, intends to compromise, as according to principal Anneli Rabbi, the goal is to make sure that students still get their day in the spotlight: as 117 high school seniors are set to graduate, the plan is to arrange graduations by class, which will allow a very limited number of family members to attend the ceremonies in person as well.
Editor: Aili Vahtla