By: Rayne Glover/Junior Writer and Social Media Director
Are you hoping to receive a homecoming proposal this year? You may say yes, but COVID may say no. As October rolls around, it creeps closer and closer to homecoming season and Blue Ridge is undecided on what move they’ll make for our annual spirit week and homecoming dance. Our yearly advisors and volunteers that help plan and set up our homecoming week were asked for some of their input on this situation.
English and AP U.S. history teacher, Katie Brown, is new to being on the “homecoming committee” this year. She believes that if everyone plans and modifies the week correctly and efficiently, there could possibly be at least a spirit week, but we would have to be really creative with themes. Some of her modification suggestions are going without after school activities (dodgeball tournament, movie night, and maybe the dance if it is not able to happen outside).
Band teacher, Vincent Lorusso, who usually sets up and plans almost all of homecoming week, is not completely in charge this year. Nonetheless, he believes that since the board has not approached the topic of homecoming with anyone yet, school protocol needs to be placed first.
Lastly, Casey Webster, who is our school’s principal, believes that the chances of a homecoming week/dance depends on the situation with the state. With the rules and recommended precautions constantly changing, we would have to be extra safe. She suggests following all CDC guidelines, the six foot social distancing, maximum number of people allowed inside/outside, which would all depend on what stage we are in for that current week.
Most students and faculty are doing what they can to assure any type of annual homecoming event will take place this year. Whether it’s dressing up for themes with your class, or going out Friday to dance the night away, make sure you remember COVID will be there too.