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Turner School Officials Announce Graduation Plans and End-of-Year Procedures


May 13, 2020

Turner High School

After working with the Blaine County Health Department in developing guidelines, Superintendent of Turner Public Schools, Tony Warren announced that graduation for the Turner Class of 2020 and the 8th grade Class of 2024 will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 4:00 p.m. at the Turner Park.

Commencement speaker, Alan Van Voast will address members of the senior class, Jack Harmon and Sarah Billmayer, and members of the 8th grade class: Trent Billmayer, Ryan Doyle, Gracie Honey, Katie Kimmel, Paycee Leo, Hannah Richman, and Emma Timmons.

The senior class has selected green and white as their class colors and the white rose as their class flower. Their motto is "I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday" by José N. Harris.

As with other schools that have gone digital, graduation will be live- streamed on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) system, which provides online viewing. This system is the one used by most Hi-Line schools for broadcasting athletic events.

Turner Public School (TPS) officials encourage anyone who has the ability to watch from the NFHS website or from their vehicle to do so. Because the Blaine County Health Department (BCHD) strongly recommends that individuals do not congregate in groups larger than ten and that these groups maintain physical distance, guests at the ceremony venue will be limited.

In fact, each graduate is allowed up to ten guests in attendance. Seating will accommodate those guests in groups of ten, with individual chair-groups set up for each graduate in eighth and twelfth grade. BCHD also recommends that families sit together and limit contact between non-household friends.

In the event of inclement weather on May 16, graduation will move to the school gymnasium. Only five family guests per graduate will be allowed to attend indoor graduation.

"These restrictions are in place because our district is required to demonstrate that we are abiding by the Governor's Directive of Phase I Reopening Montana for our graduation ceremony," Warren said. "We thank you for your flexibility and understanding during this time."

Warren further announced that May 20 will be school checkout day for students, as well as class registration day for incoming high school students for the 2020-21 school year.

Individual appointments can be made from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. To schedule a time, community members are asked to call the school office at 379-2219 or to email Sadie at

In an effort to minimize exposure and to conform to health directives, all students in a household will be scheduled at the same time. A hand sanitation station will be set up at the door, which visitors are asked to use upon entering and exiting the building.

School officials also ask that visitors read and follow signs within the building to direct them in an efficient checkout process. Students will need to check-in all school-owned materials, including laptops (and chargers), text books, calculators, library books, and any other property owned by the district.

All outstanding balances will need to be paid at check-out time, as well. However, if anyone is sick or feeling unwell, those individuals and any members of their household should stay home and reschedule for another time.


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