Westport parents plan ‘prom 2.0’ after getting cancelled by district

The cancellation of prom is just one of the many domino effects of COVID-19. Westport High School Class of 2021 just learned days ago like many others, they too won’t be having a prom this year.

But that’s not stopping two parents in Westport, Mindi Benevides and Chari Harley, who are now planning their own ‘prom 2.0’ to make sure this senior class gets the proper final celebration they deserve.

The prom will be held just days after graduation on June 16th at The Pearl in Taunton.

“When we realize this could be done and could be done safely… I think we knew we had to,” senior class parent and organizer Chari Harley says.

Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released guidance for high schools recommending schools do not hold proms, further adding if schools choose to that they delay the prom until after graduation when more students would be vaccinated.

Hurley says COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed closely. The senior class will be temperature checked upon arrival, asked if they have had any recent exposure to COVID-19, and will be asked to wear their masks throughout the night unless when eating.

A GoFundMe page has also been started to help offset ticket costs.

For more on guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education , please click here.

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