Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools cancels prom for all schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools cancels prom for all schools, sources say

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Prom is canceled for all Charlotte-Mecklenburg School students.

It’s another blow to high school students.

As for the second year in a row, CMS had its milestone end-of-the-year dance called off because of COVID-19.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools released the following statement

After careful consideration and input from the learning community, the decision was made to cancel prom activities this school year. This decision was based on the inability to host in-person social gatherings while maintaining social distancing and the lack of adequate time to prepare equitable experiences at scale for all high school students. Typically, prom event planning is finalized in the fall.
- CMS

Principals are considering other school activities to celebrate students that limit social interaction including homecoming courts, senior recognition nights, virtual celebrations recognitions, drive-through celebrations, Zoom “prom” parties, drive-in movie events and senior priority for athletic events.

As Charlotte-Mecklenburg students handled that news Wednesday night, WBTV we learned in Cabarrus County, some proms will still continue even though the school system officially shut them down weeks ago.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has canceled proms for all schools districtwide, a source told WBTV Wednesday. CMS confirmed the cancellation Thursday.

A day earlier, West Charlotte High School shared a social media post saying that prom had been canceled “due to the coronavirus and CMS district policy.”

“It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you all that we will not host a Prom this year due to Coronavirus and per CMS District Policy,” the statement read. “It is our plan that we will host a virtual opportunity to replace Prom. Please say turned for more information.”

A source told WBTV prom is canceled for all schools and each high school is responsible for contacting students about prom.

This is the second year in a row the district canceled prom because of the virus.

Other schools and districts have also canceled prom, including Cabarrus and Mooresville.

CMS is the largest school district in the WBTV viewing area to cancel the prom.

WBTV is working to find out more and get reactions from parents and students.

There has been no official decision made on graduations.

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