AHS Student Staging and Guest Parking & Entrance Information
RELEASE: May 27, 2020
Dear Bearcat Seniors & Families,
We are gearing up for your big celebration Friday morning! We are so excited to honor you and provide a special ceremony for the Class of 2020.
This email will provide more information and guidance for seniors and families regarding staging, seating assignments and live-streaming of graduation at Bearcat Stadium.
Senior Staging at AHS & DNGC
Seniors are required to arrive at Aledo High School from 8:15-8:30 a.m. and park in front of Aledo High School and Daniel Ninth Grade Campus. Seniors will be assigned to one of four quads for pre-graduation staging where their temperatures will be taken. Please view quad assignments at AHS and DNGC closely for last names and specific locations. Below is also a map of the quad locations and path to stadium.
Health Screenings for Seniors
All seniors must print and fill out the health screening form before being allowed into the staging area prior to graduation. Seniors are required to bring the form with them Friday morning when they arrive for staging. Any senior with a temperature above 100.0 will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony. Click here to print and fill out the form.
Health Pre-Screening Process for Guests
All persons attending graduation must complete a health screening before being permitted into Bearcat Stadium for the ceremony. A health-symptom screening will be on the back of the four tickets provided to each senior. Each guest must indicate on the questionnaire whether or not they are exhibiting any of the listed symptoms, sign the back of the ticket, and present it for admission to the stadium. Guests must bring the ticket and present it for admittance at a designated gate entrance to the stadium. Guests will ONLY be allowed into the stadium with a ticket/health screening that has been fully completed and signed. All guests will be required to bring their own facemask AND wear the mask for the duration of the ceremony. Facemasks matching the cap and gown will be provided to graduating seniors. Student facemasks will be required to be worn at all times, but can be removed during the ceremony for pictures. Following CDC guidance, individuals over the age of 65 or with underlying health conditions are encouraged to not attend the commencement at the stadium, but will have the ability to watch the event via live-streaming. Heat could be an issue during the event, and those susceptible to warm temperatures and humidity are encouraged to watch from home.
Guest Parking/Entrance Maps
Aledo ISD is providing a detailed parking/entrance map to assist guests of locations for assigned parking and entrances to Bearcat Stadium. Gates and parking lots will open at 8:45 a.m. and guests will be required to enter from specific gates corresponding with parking lot locations and tickets. Click on the following color-coded parking/entrance maps for assistance. These will correspond with the event tickets that were picked up this week at AHS.
All guests will have assigned seating in Bearcat Stadium on the home and visitor sides and end zone. Seats are marked in groups of four with distancing requirements. The four tickets for the assigned senior will correspond with the location of the senior seated alphabetically on the field, as much as possible. Guests are not allowed to switch seats and must remain in the designated seat for the duration of the event and will not be allowed on the field following the ceremony.
The graduation ceremony video will be live-streamed on the Aledo ISD YouTube page. Click here to view the page. The live stream will begin at 9 a.m. with the Senior Breakfast video playing prior to the start of the ceremony. The live stream will be the same broadcast as the one on the videoboard at Bearcat Stadium. The full video of graduation will also be available following the event on this page.
Tips for Graduates
Be sure to wear cool and comfortable clothing and shoes. Shoes with spike heels are prohibited. Water bottles will be provided for all graduates at their seats on the stadium field. Seniors are encouraged to eat breakfast before the event. Also, seniors are asked to leave personal belongings in their vehicles.
Exiting Bearcat Stadium
Aledo High School seniors and those attending will be required to adhere to strict exiting procedures following graduation. Guests will be required to exit the same designated gates they entered following the event. Guests will not be allowed on the stadium field following the ceremony. Gathering with family, friends and graduates will NOT be allowed at the stadium or on school property following graduation.
Aledo High School has contracted with Glamourcraft and it will be the official photographer for the ceremony. Glamourcraft will provide traditional graduation photos for each senior. Only photographers contracted by the high school and Aledo ISD will be permitted on the field for photography.
What's Allowed, What's Not
Backpacks, purses and chair seatbacks will be allowed into the stadium. Umbrellas, signs, noisemakers, and gifts such as flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, etc. will NOT be allowed in the stadium. Graduates are also not allowed to bring items with them to the field for the ceremony and are asked to keep all belongings in their vehicles.
Tweet Graduation Day
Take a photo on graduation day using the hashtag #AledoClassof2020 and it will be featured on the Bearcat Stadium video board after graduation.
Nurses & Hand Washing Stations Available
Aledo ISD will have nurses available to assist with screenings of students and any screenings of guests required at the gates. No individual will be allowed into the stadium with 100 degrees or higher temperature, per Texas Education Agency guidelines. Bearcat Stadium will also have hand-washing stations positioned at each gate for use by senior students and those attending and working graduation.
Student Masks & Guest Masks
Each graduate will be required to wear a facemask during the ceremony. Facemasks will be provided for each graduate and will match cap and gowns. Students will be required to wear facemasks for the entire ceremony, but may remove them for the official graduation photograph after leaving the stage. Attendees must wear facemasks at all times. Guests must bring their own facemasks.
Bad Weather Plan
If inclement weather prohibits graduation from being held on Friday, May 29 there will be two alternate backup dates. The first backup date is Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m. and the second is Monday, June 1 at 10 a.m. Aledo ISD officials will closely monitor weather forecasts before and during the event and will communicate to senior families of any possible alerts or changes.