All Montclair public school graduations at Woodman Field, masks required
Each of Montclair's Public School graduations and moving-up ceremonies will be held in person, at Woodman Field on Essex Avenue.
Dates and rain dates will be sent by school principals in their weekly newsletters, schools Superintendent Jonathan Ponds said in a community bulletin sent to families Friday evening.
Each family will be allowed up to four tickets, and masks are required for all attendees, Ponds said.
"This is an exciting time and we are grateful for every step that brings us closer to a more normal school environment," Ponds wrote.
Families will be seated three feet apart.
New Jersey no longer has restrictions on the size of indoor or outdoor gatherings, or mask requirements, though individual organizations and businesses can require safety practices above and beyond the state's rules. The state recommends unvaccinated people continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.
In 2020, Montclair held three in-person graduation ceremonies on July 27, after postponments due to possible coronavirus exposures at graduation parties. The in-person ceremonies followed a virtual celebration in June.
Students spent most of the 2020-2021 school year on remote-only learning, with a phased-in return to hybrid learning plans that began with elementary school students in April, and continued with middle schoolers and some high schoolers in May. Montclair's juniors and seniors returned just days ago, on June 1.
Photos from the 2020 ceremony, by Kate Albright, are below:
— Louis C. Hochman