Reed City Plans to Host Prom Outside This Year, Taking Steps to Keep Kids Safe While Creating Memories

School districts are trying to figure out how to host a senior prom while keeping students safe.

Last year, students at Reed City High School didn’t get the chance to experience prom.

“Anytime you cancel a social event that students look forward to and they don’t have the opportunity to take part in that. That’s very disappointing,” says Michael Sweet, superintendent of Reed City Area Public Schools.

Brady Sunderlin, a junior at Reed City High School, says many of the seniors were disappointed.

“I noticed that a lot of them were upset because you know, prom is one of your big memories of high school when your last big hurrah.”

That’s why this year, Reed City hopes to give students the opportunity to create those special memories.

Sweet says, “Our intent all along has been to provide face to face instruction for students, and as much normality as we possibly can while working within the guidelines at the state of Michigan’s giving us.”

Sweet says they’re confident they can host prom safety, following the health department’s guidelines.

“We’re going to hold an event on campus. It’ll be outdoors,” says Sweet. “We’re going to also try to provide some food opportunities where we can socially distance students at a table, limit the numbers and then keep track of where students are so that in case there anything did happen, we have the records to be able to do any kind of contact tracing necessary.”

Sunderlin is in charge of planning Reed City’s 2021 prom.

This year, they’re trading in their usual celebration at Caberfae, and taking the party outside, on school grounds.

“We were looking at outdoor options, a lot of things fell through because of liability. Liability issues, but we decided to have it at school,” says Sunderlin.

Although the night will look a little different, Sunderlin says he’s excited for the chance to celebrate:

“Everyone just looks forward to getting all dressed up, eating dinner with your friends.”