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With the coronavirus known as COVID-19 disrupting so much that constitutes the memorable events of student’s senior year and year-end traditions, Salida High School has found a way to reinstate at least a few traditions; including a modified prom, and high school graduation.

Salida High School has announced that it will host a Parking Lot Prom at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 17 for the Junior and Senior class. The classes of 2020 and 2021 are invited to join the staff in the student parking lot in their vehicles or bike/walk. They welcome students to wear formal prom attire, and decorate cars or bikes, to be eligible for a $250 prize at the close of the event.

Spartan Stadium. Courtesy of Salida Schools.

The facility and staff will be practicing social distancing and ask that students do the same. They will be giving away prizes valued at 3,500 dollars this year. Attendance is limited to only upperclassman to keep the size of the event down.

Salida High School 2020 commencement is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 18 in Spartan Stadium. The 2020 Seniors are invited to attend to formally receive their diplomas. All seniors are allowed two guests in the stadium and must list those names on the RSVP google.doc the school is providing to graduates.

The school is reminding all attendees to bring water and sunscreen. No interior restrooms will be open to the public, but a Port-O-Let will be available.

Merrell Bergin photo

Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. on the 18th, and seniors should arrive no later than 8:30. The Salida School Administration reminds students that those with a fever or are experiencing any symptoms, are asked to stay home. Any remaining diplomas will be mailed out after the event.

“We believe these plans give us the best chance to acknowledge our seniors and celebrate the end of an unusual year of learning,” said a statement from the School Board. “Additional logistics and precautions or changes may follow and will be published on the school app and website.”