Amity Middle School promotion ceremony becomes a drive-through because of COVID-19 case

Amity Middle School in Bethany

Amity Middle School in Bethany

Hearst Connecticut Media file

BETHANY — Just when the education world was taking a breather from COVID-19 interference, the eighth-grade promotion ceremony Monday at Amity Middle School in Bethany was changed to a drive-through event because of a case of the virus.

Details about the COVID-19 case were not available, but Amity Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Byars confirmed the promotion ceremony change in an email.

“The grade 8 promotion ceremony was not cancelled however it was changed to a drive through graduation as a result of a positive index case,” she wrote.

The way it worked, Byars said, is that parents signed up for a drive-through time. The parents drove the student to the front of Amity Middle School in Bethany, the student’s name was read out loud and the student exited the car to receive their certificate, a gift from the school and PTSO, and took a photo. They “then completed their drive by where school staff cheered them through the driveway,” Byars said.

The change in plans came in a year when many school graduations and promotion ceremonies have resumed - but modified after no in-person graduations in 2020. While Connecticut’s virus positivity rate is low and its vaccination rates high, many have decided to hold graduations of some sort, but with the caveat there could be last minute changes if the virus enters the picture.