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Putnam County School System Adjusts Prom and Graduation Dates Due to Pandemic.

Updated: Jun 10

Due to COVID-19, schools across the region are setting new dates for graduation and prom, including Putnam County, which is trying to ensure the safety of all involved, as well as give students these special experiences.

All three high schools in the Putnam County School System have set separate dates for prom.

Upperman High School will celebrate prom on Thursday, July 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Monarch in Baxter. Monterey High School will follow on Friday, July 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at The Saltbox Inn in Cookeville. Cookeville High School will round out the celebrations with prom on Saturday, July 25 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at CHS.

“Prom is a special night and a significant part of senior class activities,” said Director of Putnam County Schools Corby King. “We will continue working with local health officials and monitor the Coronavirus situation in our community throughout the month of June and early July with the hopes that the situation is stabilized, and the Class of 2020 will have the opportunity to celebrate this special occasion with their friends and classmates.”

Graduation ceremonies are slated for June 12 to 13. All ceremonies will be conducted at Tennessee Tech University’s Tucker Stadium. The Upperman High School ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. The Cookeville High School ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Monterey High School’s ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 4:00 p.m.

If the graduations need to be postponed, all three ceremonies will move to the following weekend, June 19 and 20.

Graduates at all three schools are limited to four guests each. Admission wristbands must be picked up by the graduate at their high school on Wednesday, June 10. Pickup is at each school on different dates and allotted times listed at www.pcsstn.com. Students will drive through at the same locations as cap and gown pick-up. No one should leave their vehicle during pickup.

Bands must be picked up by the graduate. They will not be available at the stadium prior to ceremony. Wristbands are numbered and will be assigned to each graduate. Social distancing guidelines, as well as information regarding parking, stadium entrance and seating, will be distributed along with the wristbands on Wednesday, June 10.

For those unable to attend, all PCSS graduations will be broadcast live on Facebook.

Links will be posted on the PCSS Facebook page and the PCSS web page prior to each ceremony.

WCTE will broadcast all three graduations on the WCTE World Channel (Spectrum 191). Date and time details have not been finalized.

All three high schools are also finalizing plans for Project Graduation. Guidelines for all Project Graduation celebrations have been developed to address concerns for cleaning, sanitizing and social distancing. If parents or students have questions, contact the school directly.

Graduation guidelines are available on the Putnam County School System’s website at www.pcsstn.com.

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