FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — More than a year into the pandemic, a traditional rite of passage for high school students will look very different yet again.
Many Fulton County high schools will celebrate prom this month. Channel 2′s Mike Petchenik learned how schools are transforming the big day in some unusual ways.
Caden Dickey hoped he wouldn’t miss out on a traditional senior prom at Northview High School in Johns Creek. But his school isn’t having one.
“What the teachers came up with is a carnival,” Dickey said.
The school decided to hold an outdoor, socially-distanced party on the school’s football field for $60 a person. In an email to the school community, the Northview principal said he was saddened the school couldn’t do a traditional prom, but about 200 students signed up for the carnival over the weekend.
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“Disappointing that you guys can’t do a traditional prom?” Petchenik asked.
“Yeah, I’d say so. There’s Johns Creek High School also, right down the road, they’re having a dance,” Dickey said.
Fulton County Schools is allowing each high school to plan its own events with a few rules:
- Limit proms to seniors to reduce COVID-19 spread across cohorts.
- Must schedule them strategically to avoid COVID-19 exposures before graduation.
- Held after school employees have gotten their second vaccine doses
- Held in a location with ample ventilation, preferably outside.
Myracle Sims is a senior at Westlake High School in south Fulton. Her school will also hold a non-traditional prom, but she is OK with that.
“All of my friends are really excited to get to dress up and just have fun with each other for life. One last time before we all graduate,” Sims said.
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Some schools, including Cambridge in Milton, did put on a prom event. The same goes for a few other metro districts.
In Coweta County, all three high schools planned proms, but only for seniors. Northgate had its prom on April 24 while Newnan and East Coweta had theirs April 30 and May 1.
In Henry County, Eagles Landing and Stockbridge held their proms in early April. Dutchtown High School will celebrate its prom on May 7.
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