Health directive causes changes to L-N Homecoming
September 3, 2020
Because of the current health directive that was set to expire on Aug. 31 but was extended until Sept. 14, the L-N homecoming celebration plans have changed. The school will still have Homecoming on Friday, but will need to utilize “Plan B.” Plan B will allow the school to proceed with the event with some modifications. This plan has been approved by the South Heartland Health District.
A motorcade will be held in Nelson in place of the parade that would have been held in Lawrence. Also, the previously scheduled pep rally will be held in Nelson, at the triangle in front of the school instead of at the football field in Lawrence. Elementary students will stay in school and will not participate in the motorcade or pep rally. Busses will run as usual. The motorcade will begin at 2:30 starting at the high school parking lot and returning there for the pep rally that will begin at approximately 3 p.m.
Employees of Nelson businesses are encouraged to wave, cheer and put up signs. People should not line the streets or congregate in large crowds. The public is encouraged to take part from inside of their vehicle, if at all possible. There will be no band, and all float entries will be by motor vehicle only. Anyone may enter a motorized parade entry on Friday. All they need to do is sign up the day of the parade and line up south of the school.
Following the motorcade, the pep rally will be held in the triangle in front of the high school. A sound system will be in place. The band will not play. Those attending may remain in their car for the pep rally or bring a lawn chair. Practice social distancing and remain in the designated areas, sitting in family units. Students will sit together by class in assigned areas and will be masked anytime social distancing is not allowed. No preschool or elementary students will be dismissed for the pep rally or motorcade. However, they may accompany their parents; no school transportation will be available for this.
Guidelines for attending the football game have had to be put in place because of COVID-19 and health department restrictions. Capacity at the football field has been reduced to 75 percent so there is enough space to keep physically distanced. Families are asked to sit together and be at least six feet from the nearest spectators when possible. Every other row will be marked off, and spectators are asked not to sit or stand in those areas.
Face coverings are required when not able to be socially distanced. There will be hand sanitizer stations located near the entry and exit points, concessions and restroom facilities.
Following the completion of the game, all fans and spectators are asked to leave the complex in a timely manner. Respect physical distancing with players and coaches by not going onto the field, either before or after the games.
Coronation of homecoming king and queen will take place on the football field, immediately following the game. Homecoming candidates and those crowning the candidates will need to be masked. No adults may be on the field during the coronation. Pictures will be taken by Mrs. Haba for journalism and a link shared with the public.
The Homecoming “Maskerade” dance will be held outdoors in the fenced-in playground of the elementary school. Only L-N high school students will be allowed along with registered high school guests. Registration must include high school the student attends and contact information. All students must be masked and have their temperatures taken before entering the dance. No seating will be available for groups of more than eight.
The dance will end at 11 p.m. All of those entering the dance will be required to sign in, and no one may leave early without prior parental permission. Students must enter the dance within 30 minutes of the coronation. Masks are to remain on all individuals anytime that they are unable to social distance.
The phase of the Department of Health and Human Services and South Heartland District Health Department are factors in the decision for the school district operation phase. More information can be found on the school’s website, https://www.southcentralunified.org/