High school students in Hall County will have prom and graduation this year — traditions that will be returning with social distancing measures due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
High schools in the Hall County School District have begun planning for upcoming proms and graduations. District leadership discussed both topics with high school principals last week and the details of those initial discussions were shared with the board of education at its scheduled meeting this evening.
Prom celebrations for 2021 will look different from those in the past. Some limitations will be in place, but the tradition will return. School district officials say they believe it is important that students have an opportunity to contribute to planning and to participate.
High school principals will begin holding discussions with student groups and staff committees to brainstorm ideas and gather feedback on possible scenarios. Outdoor venues are preferred.
All seven high schools will hold graduation ceremonies May 14 at 7 p.m. in their respective high school stadiums– with mitigation measures in place. In the event of inclement weather, ceremonies will be moved to Saturday, May 15 at 9 a.m. If the weather continues to be uncooperative, ceremonies are slated for the first available evening at 7 p.m.
Each graduate will be issued the maximum number of tickets that allow for social distancing in stadiums. However, tickets numbers are subject to change based on community spread at the time of graduation.
As of Feb. 22, Hall County’s average number of coronavirus cases per day was trending downward and the county is currently seeing an average of about 30 new COVID-19 cases per day.