As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, BCPS superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams announced that proms and all high school senior activities have been cancelled for the rest of this year. He sent out a letter to parents and students of the BCPS Class of 2020.
“These past few weeks I have been thinking about you and I know you did not anticipate that your
senior year would include a Stay-at-Home executive order by our governor effective March 30,” Williams wrote in the letter.
Williams also noted that these cancellations hit home as he has a graduating high school senior and a graduating college student in his family.
“We will continue to work with our school leadership regarding possible alternatives including virtual graduations, but no final decision has been made at this time,” Williams said. “We recognize that your senior year is a milestone in your educational journey and you worked hard to achieve this senior status.”
Fifth District School Board Member Julie Henn shared the letter on her social media page and is sad that the events are cancelled but told the students to appreciate their accomplishments.
“I am heartbroken for our seniors and their families whose special events have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Please know you are in my thoughts and that you have my full support. I will urge the system to pursue all safe avenues to celebrate your accomplishments,” Henn wrote.
Maryland State Schools are all closed until at least April 24 but there is concern that date could be extended as Maryland still has a Stay-at-Home order for the foreseeable future.