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Superintendent’s online chat offers updates

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Bandera Independent School District Superintend Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth went online live again on Friday, May 8, to update the BISD community about various topics, including graduation, and to respond to email question from those watching.

Hollingsworth said state officials mandated two changes to the May 22 graduation plans that are moving forward in the district.

That plan establishes a scene reminiscent of a drive-in movie theater where graduates stay in cars until their names are called and then get out of their vehicles and go to a central location to receive their diplomas.

BISD originally planned to allow up to eight people in a large vehicle with the graduate, but state officials said that was too many.

BISD has decided to allow each graduate to bring two vehicles, with less than eight passengers in each one.

The other change effects the graduation rehearsal, which initially was going be done with graduates in cars on Wednesday, May 20.

The rehearsal will now be done online only.

The superintendent in his video also announced that BISD will add a Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or ROTC, program by next spring.

“A lot of people have wanted an ROTC program for a long time, and now we will have it,” he said.

Hollingsworth also said information has been sent to students and parents about retrieving items students left in their classrooms just before Spring Break, the last time they were in the classes before schools were shut down to combat the coronavirus, and about other end-of-school topics.