SHELBY -- A year after the 2020 Shelby High School prom was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the school has announced plans for a 2021 prom scheduled for May 1 at the school.
"We will be having a prom this year," the school said in an online announcement late last week.
"Thankfully, enough of the protocols have been relaxed enough to allow us to have a dance," the statement added.
The event is planned for the evening of Saturday, May 1 at Shelby High School.
Some details as stated in the announcement shared on the school's Twitter account:
* Seniors and their dates only.
"We will allow non-SHS (Shelby High School) students to attend but they must have a completed guest form."
* The Grand March is to start at 7 p.m. and the dance is from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
"Everyone must wear masks the entire time," the announcement adds.
The Prom Committee is working on more details about where the dance will be in the high school building, the announcement noted.
Last year, no prom was held as the pandemic had closed school buildings in Shelby and across Ohio from mid-March 2020 through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
The Shelby City Schools opened in late August for the 2020-21 school year with in-person instruction and the option of online learning through the Whippet Academy. A surge in coronavirus cases in Shelby and Richland County late this past fall had prompted remote learning from Nov. 23 through Jan. 8. In-class instruction resumed on Jan. 11 in Shelby.