Year 12 formals and graduations given the green light

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says in view of the global pandemic, Year 12 students across the state will be able to celebrate the end of their schooling with formals and graduations.

“I want to confirm every school community across the state will be able to have a formal, will be able to have a Year 12 graduation ceremony.” Ms Berejiklian said today.

She said graduations may not look the same as before but “you will have something to look forward to”.

NSW Chief Officer Dr. Kerry Chant said the health authorities of NSW have yet to decide precisely what these activities would look like, but he said some compromises could be made in dancing terms.

“Clearly given this is a one-off event and our students have worked incredibly hard during this difficult year there will be opportunities to consider how we can conduct dancing safely,” Dr Chant said.
“We are open to the suggestions that are coming back from the sectors on what young people value.”

She said the guidelines have not yet been laid down in stone, but the fact that the activities are alcohol-free and that students already spend time indoors together mitigates some worries about the virus.

“When students have been in the same classroom for most of the same year that obviously allows for greater considering of one-off events,” Ms Berejiklian added.

Today the NSW has confirmed four new cases of coronavirus. Three are health care staff, and the fourth is a returning hotel quarantine traveller.

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