Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will not hold traditional high school proms or senior formals this school year.
High school prom dates are identified annually in the Parent Handbook/Calendar, but are subject to change. A committee of CCPS staff and administrators considered ways to alter the traditional prom to meet COVID guidelines, but after consulting with district and health department leaders, it was determined that CCPS is not able to safely host an in-person senior formal or prom.
Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill said while she understands the disappointment many seniors feel about this decision, she is glad the school system is able to move forward with planning in-person graduation ceremonies.
“While we are not able to offer the Class of 2021 a formal senior prom, I am committed to providing the Class of 2021 with a meaningful, in-person outdoor graduation ceremony in which each graduate can be recognized for their hard work over the past 13 years,” Hill said.
CCPS will host outdoor graduation ceremonies to honor the Class of 2021 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. The ceremonies are set to take place May 28 through June 3. Graduates are limited to three tickets in order for CCPS to comply with social distancing guidelines and capacity restrictions. More information about high school graduations is posted on the CCPS website at ccboe.com.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).