GHS ready to hold traditional proms, graduation

School officials voice confidence that events can take place following health protocol guidelines
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Grafton High School will hold traditional end-of-the-year activities in person this spring.

At Monday’s School Board meeting, Principal Scott Mantei said junior and senior proms will be held Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24, respectively, at River Club of Mequon.

Graduation will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, with a tentative rain date of 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6.

“Our goal throughout the school year has been to provide our students with the most normal experience as possible,” Mantei said.

“After numerous meetings with student leadership teams, we are continuing to move forward.”

Mantei said school officials have discussed social distancing and other health protocols with River Club of Mequon.

“We are reducing the number of students at our tables, and we are going to spread them out,” he said. “We are not allowing guests from any other schools. We are continuing to ask our students to wear face coverings except when they are eating and drinking.”

Mantei said students will be able to dance outside on the patio.

“We are really excited to offer these events to students, and we think that we can do it safely and provide them with an experience that they can remember for a long time,” he said.

Homecoming activities such as the powder puff football game will be conducted during prom week.

Band, choir and jazz concerts are scheduled for April and May. The school will also host its spring musical, “High School Musical-The Musical,” from May 21 to 23.

The senior banquet is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 2.  

Mantei said each student will be able to have four family members attend the graduation ceremony.

Last year, the school hosted a drive-through commencement ceremony and did not hold any proms.

“It’s really important to hear the senior voices,” Supt. Jeff Nelson said. “When talking about prom last year, the answer was ‘no’ because the data wasn’t trending in that way. Now we want to offer it in a safe way for our kids.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School plans to hold a prom but has not decided on graduation. Port Washington High School is planning a graduation event but will not hold proms. Ozaukee High School in Fredonia will host a prom and graduation.

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