2021 | Schools

After pandemic hiatus, MCPS homecoming dances, events to return in fall

Dances to be held outdoors

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Montgomery County high schools this year will host homecoming dances and events after the COVID-19 pandemic caused cancellations last year. But it won’t be completely back to normal.

Dances will be held outdoors, in schools’ courtyards or athletic stadiums, according to a message posted to the MCPS website.

Schools have been advised to consider earlier start and end times to “take advantage of daylight hours,” the message said, and rain dates should be built into the calendar in case there is inclement weather.

Guests at the dances will be limited to students enrolled in MCPS.

For all activities, face coverings will be required when indoors, and encouraged outdoors.

Homecoming activities generally begin at the end of September and run through the end of October.

For the past two school years, most major events, like homecoming, proms and graduations, were either canceled or held virtually to limit the spread of COVID-19. Graduations at the end of the 2020-21 school year were held in person but outdoors and with limited capacity.

Students lamented, saying they felt the pandemic “robbed” them of valuable opportunities to make lifelong memories with their classmates.

“We are absolutely excited to ensure there is as much of a return to normal as possible,” said Chris Cram, a school district spokesman.