The coronavirus has impacted the plans of CCHS in several ways, with one big faction being school spirit. Homecoming is undoubtedly one of the most spirited events, as well as one that students look forward to every year. This event helps bring all of the school together and promotes unity over a common celebration.
With that, due to the coronavirus and its impression on the school, the leaders of CCHS’s Student Government Association (SGA) have worked towards creating a safe and enjoyable event for the entire school. Typically, homecoming would be a week-long event consisting of dress-up days, lots of ‘Instagrammable’ opportunities, games and activities, the football game and, of course, the dance.
Although homecoming is typically in mid-October each year, social distancing, mask-wearing and fear due to the coronavirus is still prevalent. Though school is back in session, that does not undermine the concerns of public safety in regards to COVID-19. Restrictions are still in place, meaning that large gatherings are discouraged, which is what a lot of homecoming activities and events have to deal with.
“I think the virus has impacted homecoming by pushing it back and reducing the amount of people who can attend,” SGA President Emily Aaron said. “It is still unsure if we can have a homecoming. We will watch the numbers and see what phases we are in and plan from there.”
“It is still unsure if we can have a homecoming.”SGA President Emily Aaron
All homecoming plans as of right now are tentative. There are several plans that are being taken into consideration in hopes to make an event that is realistic, considering the current state of the county and how the coronavirus has especially affected Broward County. There are many alternate scenarios that can also happen in a short amount of time, so SGA has to be ready to tackle those as well.
“We have looked into having separate days for homecoming based on grade level [freshmen and sophomores on one day and juniors and seniors on another],” SGA Recording Secretary Summer Testa said. “There’s also the idea of [activities like] Crazy Feats and Krazy Kickball being held outside for better social distancing opportunities and different games that will comply with those rules as well. We’ll just have to adjust some things and adapt.”
Many have thought that holding the traditional homecoming dance and having a homecoming week is just not possible due to multiple health codes and current safety measures. However, a complete cancellation of the event could leave students unsettled and upset, especially seniors that would not get to experience what a senior-year homecoming experience is like.
“Homecoming is not cancelled; we would not let that happen.”SGA Second Vice-President Drew Okun
“Homecoming is not canceled; we would not let that happen. There are plans to have homecoming whenever the majority of the student body is back in school,” SGA Second Vice-President Drew Okun said. “There are currently ongoing plans. A lot of stuff is just being discussed until we figure out logistics, so nothing has really been finalized.”
While the ideas are still in the works, CCHS SGA is working on finding a viable alternative for homecoming this year.
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