‘Uptick’ in cases leads to decision made ‘out of an abundance of caution’

DUDLEY — Plans for a traditionally-inspired graduation this weekend have been canceled due to an “uptick” in COVID-19 cases.

Dudley-Charlton Regional School Superintendent Steven Lamarche announced the commencement ceremonies would no longer be held.

“It is with a sincere apology and a true sign of our times that Sunday’s August 2, 2020 class of 2020 Graduation event on the SHRHS Carmignani Turf Field is canceled,” Lamarche wrote in an email just before 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Lamarche said the decision to cancel came after meeting with the health agents and representatives of the health boards from each of the district’s member communities, Charlton and Dudley. An increase in confirmed coronavirus cases across the region, particularly among younger adults, were the driving factor, he explained.

“We have been consulting with town health agents and after a representative Town of Dudley and Town of Charlton Board of Health meeting today it was determined and recommended to cancel the event,” Lamarche wrote. “Our state has experienced an uptick in COVID-19 cases and the older children/young adults have been impacted the most. You will see recent reporting in neighboring towns experiencing the impact. Out of an abundance of caution it has become necessary to cancel our event.”

He added: “I know this outcome weighs heavily on every decision-maker and it was not taken lightly. They are in a very difficult role and we must respect their processes. As shared, we are living day-to-day and at best week-to-week. We look forward to a new change.”

One thought on “Shepherd Hill graduation event canceled due to COVID-19 concerns”

  1. The governor has not changed any reopening guidelines. Many colleges are requiring testing before the return to school causing increase in testing for this age group. They were not going to have contact, sit six feet apart! Baypath’s graduation in the same district was allowed along with Auburn, Oxford, Tantasqua! Upsetting to say the least! When we shop we are st more risk!

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