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PHS Prom Postponed to June 13

PHS Prom Scheduled for Saturday, April 18 has been postponed to Saturday, June 13.   It will be held, as always, in the PHS Gym from 8 pm - 11 pm.


Due to COVID-19 and current government guidelines there is no way to host Prom on Saturday, April 18.  Our administrative team felt it was important to get input from our student body in deciding what our next step was as a school community.  Yesterday, I visited with the PHS Student Council via a Zoom Meeting and then surveyed the Pratt High School Juniors and Seniors via Google Forms.   The vast majority (over 77%) preferred postponing it vs canceling it completely.  


By making this decision now, it allows for planning on the part of students and families.   We will try to make a final go or no go decision on Prom (depending upon COVID-19) about three weeks prior to June 13.  This will aid families as they contemplate additional financial decisions (tuxes, meals etc.) around that night. My guess is most of our young ladies have already purchased a dress.


With the change in Prom, you may have questions...including graduation.  I’ve tried to address some of them with a short Q and A format. If you have additional questions, feel free to e-mail me at david.swank@usd382.com


I’m a junior and want to help with decorating the gym?   Awesome, we need help. I’m sure the Prom Sponsors will be contacting the juniors via e-mail.   If you have specific questions, about Prom Night at PHS, please contact one of our Prom Sponsors via e-mail: Summer Younie at summer.younie@usd382.com  or Meagan Householter at meagan.householter@usd382.com  


Will After-Prom still be held?   I've been in contact with the leadership of After-Prom and I'm confident they will work to provide an activity for students.  For questions regarding After-Prom, please contact Natalie King at kingnatalie19@gmail.com.


I can't attend Prom on that date?   I'm so sorry that the new date doesn’t work for you.  We realize that moving Prom into the summer will mean a few graduates will be in the military, have job plans or be off at college.   Faced with the choice between canceling entirely or moving it; the vast majority of students (over 77%) preferred rescheduling this traditional social event.


Why was it postponed almost two full months?   The Governor has canceled traditional school and moved the entire state to a continuous learning community (on-line) set-up through May 29.   In addition, KSHSAA has canceled all spring activities and athletics through the same date. With a big event like Prom, there was no way for us to hold it until after this date. 


Is there a chance it will be postponed again if necessary to the COVID-19 epidemic?  Another long-term postponement would mean we are almost the start of the 2020-2021 school year.   My answer at this time would be no. If not held on Saturday, June 13, Prom will be canceled.


What about the 2020 PHS Graduation scheduled for Sunday, May 17?   Great question with a lot of unknowns.  At this point, the traditional gym graduation ceremony is probably out.  However, we are committed to honoring our seniors in a special way at graduation.   Be patient and I’m confident you will hear more by the middle of April in regards to graduation.  Mr. Blankenship is working hard to make this a special event in the midst of a traumatic time for all of us.


This brings up PHS summer sports and other PHS summer activities - What is their status?   KSHSAA currently has plans for schools to resume activities as of June 1.   Plans can change and quite frankly it will depend on where the state and community are with the COVID-19 epidemic.  


David Swank
Pratt High School Greenbacks
Assistant Principal / Activities Director