Updated: June 02, 2020 06:51 PM
Created: June 02, 2020 05:56 PM
QUEENSBURY - With gatherings currently limited to 10 people, traditional graduation ceremonies can't happen in New York state.
However, Assemblyman Dan Stec, R - Queensbury, says the governor needs to give schools the authority to plan graduation ceremonies for later this month.
"Figure out a way to the make this happen and not deny them the event of a high school graduation," Stec said Tuesday afternoon. "Let mom and dad and the immediate family be there, control the numbers."
Stec says school administrators are smart, creative people and can come up with ways to keep kids and families safe while giving them a proper send-off.
"Every school's got a football field. We can certainly have these things outdoors." The assemblyman says schools could offer a rain date in case weather isn't cooperative, and he doesn't want the state of the pandemic downstate to dictate what happens in his district.
"I don't want schools in the North Country held up because they can't figure out how to do graduation in New York City."
Stec says the time for a decision is now, saying the schools need some time to plan for a ceremony that will allow everyone to stay at a safe distance.
"Parents want to have something for their children to mark this important day in their life, and we as adults and leaders should be able to figure out a way to do that without creating a public health problem."
Stec, who is running to succeed Betty Little in the State Senate, says Governor Cuomo could offer guidelines and order schools to meet them.
"I'm sure that our schools can figure this out."
The governor's office didn't reply to a NewsChannel 13 request seeking comment.
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