News Release: 6/25/2020

For Immediate Release:   
June 25, 2020  
Contact: Christina Williams, Coordinator of Public Information  
Fort Smith Public Schools Sets Graduation Plan 
Fort Smith, AR, June 25, 2020 – At a called Board of Education Meeting on Thursday, Fort Smith Public Schools presented graduation ceremony options to the Board of Education, all of which were submitted, reviewed and approved by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Plan 1A with an inclement weather and contingency plan.  
The planned ceremony dates for Plan 1A are Thursday, July 16 (Northside) and Friday, July 17 (Southside). 
Plan 1A: On the Field - One Graduation Ceremony  
One graduation ceremony is held for each high school at their respective stadiums at 8:00 AM on July 16 (NHS) and July 17 (SHS). 
Two guests per graduate. 
A live stream will be provided.  
No faculty attending. 
Guests will have assigned seating determined by lottery. 
In the event of inclement weather at 8:00 AM, the ceremony will be postponed until 8:00 PM the same day at the same location. 
In the event that it is raining at 8:00 PM, the ceremony will be held at the Fort Smith Convention Center Exhibit Hall with students only, no guests.  
Fort Smith Public Schools continues to plan for safe graduation ceremonies and is committed to organizing a memorable event for the Northside and Southside Classes of 2020. The district will continue to advise seniors and their families of Plan 1A. We thank our seniors for their continued support and patience, and look forward to celebrating with them soon. 
About Fort Smith Public Schools 
From unmanned aerial systems programming to unforgettable kindergarten trips to the farm,  Fort Smith Public Schools provides incredible opportunities and strong instruction for each of the almost 15,000 students in its 19 neighborhood elementary schools, four junior high schools, two senior high schools, one alternative learning center and one adult education center. With nationally recognized schools, students, educators and organizations, Fort Smith Public Schools are always the best choice. For information, visit