High school students and parents planning unsanctioned Homecoming dances

LOGAN – On September 9th, when the Logan School Board announced plans for a return to full-day school beginning on September 14th, they also announced some changes to traditional Homecoming festivities at Logan High School. The parade, tie-dye activity and Powder Puff football game would still take place, but the traditional Homecoming dance would not. At least it would not be sanctioned by the school or the district.

“The studentbody officers really wanted to do that, they put together a plan that was really well thought out,” Logan Superintendent Frank Schofield told the school board last week. “But once they put that together I asked the administration, ‘now, please, contact the (Bear River) Health Department and share this with them and see what feedback they have.’

“They returned and said, ‘you know, it’s too hard to do the contact tracing; it’s too hard to maintain some of the guidelines that we need to follow.’ So we will not be holding a dance.”

Some students and parents are planning dances anyway at venues like the Riverwoods Conference Center and in parents’ backyards. This is happening among other high schools in the Cache County School District as well.

“We have been made aware of a number of privately sponsored dances being planned throughout the valley during the next few weeks as replacements for the Homecoming dances that will not be held at local high schools. These dances are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Logan City School District,” the district posted on its Facebook page Thursday. “Unfortunately, when large-scale gatherings of this type have taken place across the state, these events have often resulted in spikes in the number of positive cases of COVID-19.”

Utah County, in particular, is seeing significant spikes in positive cases of coronavirus because of unsanctioned dance parties attended by young people. More than 500 students at Corner Canyon High School in Draper are also in quarantine and a teacher there is now in ICU, battling the virus.

“We recognize the desires of students and parents to have these events, and we will continue to do all we can to safely provide as many traditional activities and events as we can throughout the school year,” the post from Logan City School District continued. “In order to keep schools open, and limit the number of student quarantines, we encourage students and community members to continue to follow health and safety guidelines that have allowed our community to manage COVID-19 as well as we have up to this point.”

According to the Cache County School District, as of September 16 there are only eight active positive cases among students and/or staff. The Logan City School District is reporting five active cases in their district, as of Tuesday, September 15. Numerous parents commenting on the Logan School District Facebook disagree with the district’s position and are saying that if hundreds of people are allowed to attend a football game, student should be allowed to attend a dance.

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  • skeetr September 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm Reply

    Behold, Darwinism for ‘modern’ societies.

  • Kirk Peterson September 18, 2020 at 6:08 pm Reply

    Stupidity has no end here in Utah. It’s unbelievable to see what’s happening with the spread of covid19… Let’s all bury our heads in the sand and pretend it’s all a hoak! Can’t LDS parents follow the prophet and teach their children to sacrifice for a season… for the greater good of society!

    • Drja September 21, 2020 at 12:54 pm Reply

      When the CDC has had to come out to tetract their numbers, it just backs up people’s thoughts on how the threat of covid had been really played up. Its ludicrous for the measures that HAVE been taken, over something proving to be much more benign, than once thought.

  • Dennis E Phelps September 18, 2020 at 11:07 pm Reply

    Good for them! Enough of this Stalinist shutdown crap. Wearing a mask to prevent Covid is like putting up chicken wire to prevent mosquitos. The ‘science’ is a narrative and absolutely insane! If you’re sick, stay home, hide in the corner and wear two masks so you’ll be double-safe! Otherwise, get on with life!

    • Deedee September 20, 2020 at 8:00 am Reply

      Amen! Let us quit living like we are dead already while blindly giving up our freedoms.

    • Bo September 20, 2020 at 10:45 am Reply

      You haven’t actually looked into the science to which you refer, have you?..

    • Deja September 21, 2020 at 12:52 pm Reply

      With phrases like “unsanctioned,” it feels a lot like history repeating itself. Next, it will be “papers please”. Absolutely horrendous!!!

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