Dickson County Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks has lifted the limit on graduation tickets for relatives and friends of high school seniors.
Weeks announced last week that he would eliminate the cap of four tickets per graduate for Dickson County High and Creek Wood High schools.
Weeks, in an email interview, said that a recent executive order from Gov. Bill Lee “made me comfortable in making the decision.”
Weeks was referring to Executive Order 80, which declares that COVID-19 is no longer a statewide emergency, bans mask mandates in 89 counties, and urges larger counties including Davidson to end all restrictions including mask-wearing by May 30.
Before Weeks announced he was eliminating the ticket limit for guests of graduates, White Bluff resident Jenna Law had been gathering signatures on a Change.org petition hoping for just such a decision.
“Oh, my goodness! I’m so thankful and happy for the class of 2021 and their families!” Law wrote on Facebook after Weeks made his announcement.
Law did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Law’s petition had gathered more than 1,500 signatures. Her petition cited vaccine availability, a low county infection rate, revised guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Dickson County Fair being held last year and attendance requirements for football games at the two high schools.
When asked if Law’s petition had anything to do with his decision, Weeks said, “It did not,” and he went on to cite the governor’s order.
The CWHS and DCHS graduation ceremonies are set for May 20 and May 21, respectively, at the schools’ football stadiums.
Dickson County has never had a mask mandate. It is one of the 89 counties where Lee allowed mandates to be imposed by county mayors if they chose, until Executive Order 80 removed that authority.