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BISD 2020 prom canceled

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The prom for the Bandera Independent School District Class of 2020, postponed at first from April 18 to Friday, June 26, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has now been canceled.

In a June 15 letter to seniors, Bandera High School Principal Ken Vogel explained why the year-end tradition was not going to happen this year.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control and an abundance of caution with respect to COVID-19, Bandera High School has decided to move on and not attempt a further reschedule,” he said in the letter.

Vogel said BISD officials hoped virus infection rates would go down and public gathering protocols implemented in response to the pandemic would be relaxed more, but that did not happen.

The BHS principal met with school and district representatives and a group of seniors in early June and the consensus reached by the group was that the prom should be canceled.

Vogel said the group of seniors in a virtual meeting suggested the $6,600 available in the prom fund this year should go toward a high school improvement.

One idea was to re-tile and paint the school front and install a plaque thanking the BHS Class of 2020 for the improvement. Vogel said more senior

Vogel said more senior input will be needed before a decision is made.

BISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth praised how all parties handled the cancellation and its aftermath.

“After a thorough process including lots of input from our graduating class, Dr. Vogel and his team made the difficult decision to cancel prom. Other options were discussed, but the consensus decision was to move on and not hold the event,” said the superintendent. “I am proud of the way the choice was made.”