The St. James School District has announced prom has been canceled due to the extension of Missouri’s Phase 1 reopening plan. Administrators are now turning their attention to graduation and when and how it could take place.
Graduating seniors were dealt another blow to their senior year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prom was scheduled for Saturday, June 20, but Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced last week Phase 1 would be extended through June 15.
“Due to the Governor’s most recent announcement of extending Phase 1 of the COFID-19 plan, we are canceling prom for 2020. Social distancing was extended at least through June 15 for Missouri so we must cancel prom and direct our focus to graduation,” the district announced in a statement on Friday, May 29. Social distancing guidelines have district administration discussing how prom could take place safely over the past few months, but the governor’s announcement sealed the event’s fate for this year.
The district is still looking at how graduation could be held. It is scheduled for June 28 at the football field. Rules were being discussed in May for how social distancing could occur and the Board of Education was hoping to utilize the football field to help visitors spread out, limiting the number of guests each student could have in attendance, and taking additional steps to keep graduates, family members, and faculty safely distanced for the ceremony based on the most recent guidelines provided by state and local health departments.
“Please continue to watch social media for additional updates regarding graduation and possible changes in plans for graduations,” the statement said. The district was looking at backup graduation dates in July, in case an extension of the recovery plan took place and the district will continue to monitor the situation and will release more firm plans once they are decided.
Once a graduation date is established, seniors will hold a graduation practice the day before, with times to be determined. The community is encouraged to monitor the St. James R-1 School District on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as the school website at www.stjschools.org for the most up-to-date information about school events and COVID-19 related resources and information.
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