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MSD Updates Community on Prom and Graduation

April 23, 2020 – Mena Public Schools wants to thank our students, parents, staff members, and community for your continued dedication and support to education.

We understand that many of you have questions.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.

Guidance and answers will be given as Governor Hutchinson’s Task Force on reentry works through the three phases of release which are being handed down from the President.

We will continue to communicate information to you as we receive guidance.

At this time, we are releasing information that relates to our Seniors and Juniors involving the discussions of a 2020 Mena High School Prom and the 2020 Mena High School Graduation Ceremony.

When it comes to prom and graduation each year, we know that this involves several hundred people being together in one venue, which is expected in the times of celebrating our students. With current restrictions of gatherings not being permitted to exceed ten people, we know that holding our 2020 prom and graduation events at their originally scheduled dates is not possible, yet we also are not dismissing these events from happening once we receive guidance that large gatherings are once again allowed.

The health, safety, and welfare of our community and our students are top priority at this time. Our intentions are to still hold the 2020 Junior/Senior Prom and the 2020 MHS Graduation Ceremony once clearance is given from our state and national leaders.

While the country patiently waits on this pandemic to descend and mandates to be lifted on large gatherings, this does keep Mena Public Schools from scheduling any specific dates for these events yet, but rest assured that our intentions are to still hold these events when the opportunities become available.

The Mena Public Schools and Mena High School administration teams are keeping up with the latest news and guidance of officials when it comes to all things relating to our schools and community, so rest assured that while the pandemic may have interrupted the flow of routines, regularly scheduled events and traditions, and on-site learning during the 2020 spring semester, is has not canceled the major events of prom and graduation; it has merely postponed them. Mena High School intends to celebrate these students when the opportunity becomes available, and information will continue to be communicated and made available as we proceed forward.

Please continue to follow the Mena Public Schools Facebook page and your child’s individual school campus page as we continue to monitor and make plans, which will give everyone time to make plans of their own.

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