East High School Homecoming Information
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
I recognize the time-honored traditions of Homecoming. It’s a week we all look forward to each year. Of course, like all aspects of current life, the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to reimagine our traditions for this year. While we will still enjoy many homecoming festivities, this year we have made some modifications to our plans to uphold the health and safety of all involved.
This year, East High School’s homecoming week is September 21.
Leading up to Homecoming, we will honor the Homecoming Royalty tradition, and senior students will vote for this year’s king and queen candidates in a few weeks.
Then, on Tuesday, September 22 at 9:30, we will host coronation. This year’s coronation will be live-streamed to allow all staff, students in homeroom, families, and friends to participate. The live coronation will be limited to attendance from involved staff, royalty candidates, and four guests of each royalty candidate.
During Homecoming week, we will celebrate spirit days. Monday- Dress like your date, Tuesday-Dress up, Wednesday- class distinction, Thursday-crazy orange and black, Friday- pajamas.
The week will be capped off by the traditional homecoming football game vs Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson on Thursday, September 24 at Olsen Stadium.
The Sioux City Community School District, based on guidance from the Iowa Department of Education, Siouxland District Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, has developed protocols to protect staff, students and families involved in athletic events. Please review these protocols and help support these healthy and safe precautions for this Homecoming game.
Unfortunately, the risks associated with parades and dances, and other assorted activities prevent us from hosting these traditional events. While I understand this is disappointing news, I ask you to recognize the importance of putting health and safety first. Parades and dances are among the events considered highest in risk due to the limited social distancing options and the increased interpersonal interactions. While I want to provide memorable experiences for our homecoming festivities, I feel obliged to put everyone’s health and safety first.
Our purpose, first and foremost, is to provide quality education. So, I must ensure our school is offering events that encourage a sense of community while still fostering a safe, healthy atmosphere that allows us to remain in our classrooms for instruction in the weeks ahead.
While the parade and dance will be missed, I am committed to working with staff, students, and families to consider new opportunities for celebration. As I said at the start of this letter, it’s time for us to reimagine Homecoming. Together, we can develop new and exciting opportunities to show our school spirit and celebrate together. In the weeks ahead, I will share additional details about the festivities we’ll be adding. I also invite you to submit ideas through Let’s Talk.
Thank you for working with us to make this year’s homecoming festivities special while also keeping students and staff safe. I am so honored to be part of the RAIDERS family.
Richard O. Todd
East High School