MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Homecoming season is here for high schools across the Mid-South.
Some schools decided to cancel all events because of COVID-19, but others are looking for ways to keep the school spirit alive.
At least two high schools in DeSoto County rescheduled their Homecoming games.
DeSoto County Superintendent Corey Uselton said flexibility is key.
Uselton decided to allow all eight schools in DeSoto County to celebrate Homecoming this year “to give students the experience they normally would (have) this time of year.”
But what does that look like during the coronavirus pandemic?
One of the highlights of Homecoming is the Homecoming court on the football field.
This week, both Desoto Central High School and Southaven High School’s games were postponed after players tested positive for the virus.
But that’s not going to stop the Homecoming court from having their special moment under the Friday night lights - without the players!
Millington Central High School took on Dyer County’s football team Thursday night, and its Homecoming court took the field during half-time.
Superintendent James Bo Griffin says this added a little normalcy back into students' lives.
“They need something to feel special this year,” Griffin said.
Last week, the Academies of West Memphis hosted its Homecoming with a few changes.
Thirty minutes before kick off, the court was on one side of the field. Pep rallies and parades were not held this year.
Communications director Billy Woods said, “This is just a time in our lives where we have to make some adjustments.”
Woods said even tho no players or coaches have tested positive for the virus, the school’s administration is erring on the side of caution.
“I think every school district has to make their own choice," Woods said. "I think we made the right choice. Were able to do it. We hate not having the other activities but I think students were understanding and the parents and all of the stakeholders in the community were understanding of this and hopefully next year we are about to incorporate all of that back together to be normal.”
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