RCAS cancels prom for second year
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Area School District is disappointing a number of students and parents by canceling prom for the second year in a row. But school administrators say the decision comes from a safety perspective – deciding not to take a chance on the possibility of an outbreak of COVID-19 occurring during prom.
Since prom is usually held towards the end of the year, RCAS decided they would like to have graduation in person – and if a spike in cases were to occur at prom, that would make things much more difficult.
“Our main focus is really to get to graduation day, we wanna make sure that that event can be live for our families to come and watch their students walk across the stage and we just don’t want anything to jeopardize that and there is concern that if we had a case or two of COVID pop up out of prom, that we would have to quarantine a large number of students in those final days of school,” said RCAS Community Relations Manager, Katy Urban.
Rapid City Area Schools is working with some community partners to try and find an alternative to prom so that students don’t have to miss out completely.