BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- End of year festivities is a problem plaguing schools across the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A youth group hit harder than most are high school seniors. This is the time of year that they are usually solidifying plans for their senior prom or graduation night activities. Unfortunately, most plans have already been canceled or postponed indefinitely.
Bloomfield High school has tentatively rescheduled the senior prom for July 15th. This will hopefully give the Class of 2020 a sense of normalcy during this time. The following is the statement from Mr. Jennings, Mr. Todaro and Mr. McLaughlin:
Bloomfield High School Seniors:
Bloomfield High School was recently notified by the Westmount Country Club that they cannot host our prom on May 28 due to the legislation that limits social gatherings as a result of the CoronaVirus. We have rescheduled a tentative date for July 15. We understand that senior prom in July is not optimal, but we think it is important to secure this day in an effort to provide the Class of 2020 the opportunity to participate in this time honored tradition.
We are aware that there are many questions regarding other year-end activities, specifically graduation. Until the Governor announces further guidance for New Jersey schools, we will continue to plan for a return before the end of the school year and hope that a traditional graduation ceremony can be held for the class of 2020. In the event that we cannot hold a traditional ceremony, we will ensure that our graduating students will be appropriately honored.
We are in the process of ordering caps and gowns and diplomas for every graduate. The class advisers will have also announced that every senior who fills out the graduation lawn sign Google form will receive a lawn sign at no cost. Students who have already paid for a lawn sign will be refunded by the Home and School Association.
We know these are trying times, and we promise to continue to keep the Class of 2020 at the forefront of all decisions we make.
We hope you and your family are healthy.