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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County Board of Education has decided to end online instruction for students and teachers a little early and postpone graduations.
According to an announcement from Bibb County Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones, the academic school year will end on Friday, May 1. Jones said the three weeks after May 1 (May 4-22) will be used to finalize grades and process the return of students’ digital equipment, textbooks, library books and instruments. Teachers and staff will also engage in professional learning during that time.
Jones also said that the board decided to postpone graduation ceremonies from May 20-22 to July 29-30. Jones said the ceremonies will not be the same as they have been in the past. Tickets will be limited to a very small number and anyone who attends the ceremonies will continue to follow all social distancing guidelines. High school principals will communicate with seniors about picking up caps and gowns.
Jones went on to say if it is unsafe to host the ceremonies in person in July, each high school will host a virtual ceremony on July 29-30. Jones said the school district will ensure graduates receive their diplomas.