Many Springfield Public Schools graduating seniors are being told that unlike previous years, they can’t bring a date of their choice to prom.
The banning of anyone other than members of the graduating class is one of the restrictions that Springfield Public Schools has placed on the 2020 graduates if they wish to attend their rescheduled proms.
In addition to the ban on non-graduates, the students will be required to have a waiver signed prior to attending, have their temperature checked upon admission with anyone 100 degrees or higher being denied entry; and practice social distancing of 3 feet while masked.
The waiver that graduates must sign, or the parents if the graduate is under 17, states:
I hereby release, waive,covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless the School District of R-12, its board, officers, employees, agents, and representatives, from any and all liabilities, claims, actions, and causes of action whatsoever, directly or indirectly arising out of or related to COVID-19, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in this event.
Students will also be “encouraged” to wear masks throughout the entire prom.
The district’s proms will be held:
- Hillcrest – 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Hilton Doubletree
- Glendale – 8:30 to 11 p.m. at Pythian Castle
- Kickapoo – 9 to 11:30 p.m. at the White River Conference Center
- Parkview – 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Pythian Castle
- Central – 8 to 11 p.m. at the Old Glass Place
Any graduate who has questions or wants to obtain their ticket for the prom should contact their school’s office.