West 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, West High School homecoming week is Monday, September 14th through Friday, September 18th.
Leading up to Homecoming, we will honor the Homecoming Royalty tradition, and students will vote for this year’s king and queen candidates on Friday, September 11th. Voting procedures will be shared soon.
Then, on Monday, September 13th we will host coronation. This year’s coronation will be live-streamed to allow all staff, students, 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- Neon Disco Day
Tuesday- Twin Day
Wednesday- 80’s Theme
Thursday- WHS Spirit Day
Friday- Class Shirt Day
The homecoming football game will be held at Olsen Stadium on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00pm
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 powder puff game, 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 WOLVERINES family.
West High Principal