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Here’s how some metro Detroit schools are adapting to give seniors a safe & fun prom

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(WXYZ) – Another prom season is here, and the pandemic is still changing the milestone for high school seniors.

Schools are trying to bypass state COVID-19 restrictions while hosting an event that traditionally has 400-500 guests.

Currently in Michigan, indoor non-private gatherings are limited to 25 people and outdoor non-residential gatherings are limited to 300 people.

It’s a difficult time, but schools and student guides plan a way forward while some parents forge their own plans to ensure students have their moment in the senior prom spotlight.

At Livonia Churchill High School, the soccer field that plays Friday night games becomes the scene of a high school prom with all the glitz and glamor.

“The prom will actually take place on our soccer field, so it starts with a nice check-in where people take a few photos,” said senior Julia Ginter-Berriman.

Ginter-Berriman and Isabella Lamacchiaa are good friends. Julia is president of the student body. Isabella is the vice president. As student leaders, you were instrumental in planning the prom. Isabella says after another tough year at school, prom will mean so much.

Having an event that we can actually go to is nice, it’s a pretty big deal for us, “said Lamacchia.” I already have my dress and everything I’m really looking forward to. “

Planning for the prom started back in November, according to Paul Mercier, director of student activities.

We knew we probably wouldn’t be able to do the traditional prom that takes place indoors at Laurel Manor in Livonia, which is where we usually have it, “he said.

He worked with Isabella and Julia to balance COVID-19 logs and fun.

Your plan includes:

  • Outdoor prom under tends
  • Six students per table
  • Masks required except when eating

The school and students still set guidelines for dancing. They also plan on an open-air photo booth and Kona frozen ice cream truck.

“I actually think it will create lasting memories for everyone as well, because it’s kind of a mix of prom and graduation with you all the games on the field,” said Lamacchia.

At Fraser High School, the prom will be held at Jimmy John’s Field in Utica.

“We wanted it in school and then we were like you knew what we were thinking outside the box,” said John Forlini, class counselor for the 2021 class. “We contacted Jimmy Johns and they said come over, so it will be there under the light. “

Forlini says the students are excited. Dinner will take place in the hall, the dancing will take place in the outdoor field. You can use the Jumbotron sound system – almost anything.

I asked Channel 7 viewers on Facebook about their school’s prom plans.

Ana says Novi has a red carpet and senior sunset event.

Cecilia says West Bloomfield has her prom on the soccer field too.

Jennfier says Belleville’s prom will be in the school parking lot.

Angel says her prom was canceled, but her school is having a senior day with food trucks, games, and a drive-in movie in the school parking lot.

Dakota High School also celebrates graduates with a goodbye to seniors day.

There will be a DJ for atmosphere, multiple photo backgrounds and food trucks. Students can wear formal attire, but some parents plan their own event.

In an email, Dakota Director Kevin Koskos said, “We are also aware that later that day an event will be scheduled by a group of DHS parents that will look very much like a traditional prom at a local banquet facility. We think that it’s fun. ” The outdoor activities planned by us in connection with the event planned by the parents later in the evening offer wonderful potential for an unforgettable day for our students. “

Both parents and administrators want what is best for the students.

School principals say they will do as much as possible to honor these seniors while balancing safety.

A district manager for Downriver told me that the surge in COVID-19 cases among young people was a real factor in their decision to choose the alternative for an outdoor prom.

As for these Dakota parents – no one wanted to go on camera, but I spoke to another parent who says that a few dozen families in their child’s school are holding an alternate replacement prom in case the school has their prom event on Free cancels.

The aim is to give your children the memories that almost all other high school graduates have of their senior year.

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