While prom and graduation are unlikely to return to pre-COVID-19 norms, the Coweta County School System’s Class of 2021 is making plans to celebrate both this year.
The 2020-21 school year ends on May 28, and East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate high schools are busy making final plans to celebrate senior milestones while maintaining health and safety protocols.
All Coweta schools resumed regular operations Monday, returning to daily in-person classes for students who opted for face-to-face instruction for the first time since the second semester began in January.
The three high schools all anticipate going forward with proms for seniors only (and their dates) in April and May, according to school system officials. One major change will be moving the events to local outdoor venues – allowing for more space and airflow – and avoiding the enclosed Atlanta sites normally utilized by the schools.
Final venues are expected to be announced soon. Prom schedule is:
Northgate High School – Saturday, April 24
Newnan High School – Friday, April 30
East Coweta High School – Saturday, May 1
All three high schools are planning in-person graduation ceremonies in May. The county’s largest high school, East Coweta, will split its graduation into two ceremonies to ensure social distancing protocols can be implemented.
All ceremonies will be held outdoors, and limited tickets will be issued to each graduate. Graduation schedule is:
Newnan High School – Thursday, May 27, 7:30 p.m., at Drake Stadium.
Northgate High School – Friday, May 28, 7:30 p.m., at Henry Seldon Field.
East Coweta High School – Thursday, May 27 (for graduates with last names beginning A-K) and Friday, May 28 (for graduates with last names beginning L-Z). Both ceremonies will be at 7 p.m. at Shoemake Stadium.
Rain dates for graduation ceremonies are Friday, May 28 (Newnan) and Saturday, May 29 (Northgate and East Coweta), also in the schools’ stadiums.
At all events, Coweta’s high schools will follow the COVID-19 protocols followed in schools, including limiting crowds on-site to allow for greater social distancing. Ceremonies will also be livestreamed, according to school officials.