Traditional end-of-year high school events get clearance in Ohio


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The spring of 2020 was a brutal time for Ohio high school students, especially the seniors. As they lost out on graduations and senior proms due to COVID-19, last year’s graduating class missed out on monumental high school milestones.

This spring, high schools will be permitted to hold proms and graduations, although with restrictions, according to Governor Mike DeWine.

“People will be able to plan for proms, they’ll be able to plan for graduation. There’s no reason these events cannot occur if we follow basic safety protocols,” said Governor DeWine during his Thursday COVID-19 briefing.

He said he understands wearing a mask to graduation or prom isn’t what high school seniors dream about, but at least they will have some memories.

“This is not maybe your dream of the prom with people having masks on, but you can still have a prom, you can still have a graduation,” he said. “We wanted to signal to people today that you can start planning.”

Updated guidance will be released soon on how to move forward.