RPS 205 cancels prom for graduating Class of 2020

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 11:44 AM CDT
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Rockford Public Schools decided to cancel senior proms at its high schools throughout the district due to new COVID-19 guidelines.

"It's definitely disappointing that it's just another thing the class of 2020 doesn't get to experience," said East High School graduate Hailey Hunter.

In a letter from the principals at Roosevelt Community Education Center, Auburn, East, Guilford and Jefferson High Schools it states that as Illinois moves into Phase 4 of its reopening plan later this week, the limit on gatherings will not allow the schools to host the senior prom.

"I was kind of sad about it because you know I never attended a prom before even as a junior," said East High School graduate Jaedyn Brannon-Davis.

This phase of the reopening plan allows for gatherings of up to 50 people.

"Pretty much everybody is just disappointed to hear we were all kind of looking forward," said Hunter. "We kind of saw it coming, but we definitely were trying to hold out some hope that it would actually happen."

“We enjoyed visiting our students to place yard signs to recognize them, getting our staff together for a special drive up diploma pickup, and putting together our virtual graduation ceremonies. Of course none of this is the same as hosting our traditional in-person big events for our senior class, but we enjoyed creating these special memories for the Class of 2020.”

You can read the full letter