County schools cancel prom activities

(The following is a joint release from Dr. Erin Slater, Dr. Andy Crozier, and Jason Woodley, representing Fort Madison, Central Lee and Holy Trinity Catholic school systems in its entirety)

Today, administrators from the Central Lee Community School District, Fort Madison Community School District and Holy Trinity Catholic High School met with the Lee County Health Department to discuss procedures and COVID-19 mitigation strategies for high school events this summer. 

All three of our high schools will offer a live graduation ceremony and high school baseball and softball this summer. Currently, Fort Madison is scheduled to hold graduation June 27, Central Lee on June 28 and Holy Trinity on August 2. 

Unfortunately, after much discussion with the Lee County Public Health, we do not see a path forward for hosting prom this summer. To that end, we regret to inform our students that each high school’s 2020 prom has been canceled. It’s worth noting that Keokuk High School announced its cancellation of prom earlier this spring. 

While we understand this news will be disappointing for many of our students, we simply could not find a solution that allowed our school communities to experience prom while maintaining current social distancing guidelines and adhering to the governor’s proclamation. We came to this decision after reviewing all options and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our students and families. 

Fortunately, live graduation will continue as planned for all three high schools and will follow CDC guidelines. We ask our respective community members to be on the lookout for details about each event.

Thank you for your patience as we work through these issues and continue a plan to return to learn this fall. 

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