JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Eight Duval County Public Schools have had their proms cancelled due to a lack of interest from students.
DCPS says that the following eight schools did not have enough ticket sales to support the need for a prom:
- Andrew Jackson
- Asa Philip Randolph
- Edward White
- Samuel Wolfson
- Stanton College Preparatory
Tickets should be refunded to students who have already bought one.
According to the Mandarin High School’s Principal, out of at least 250 tickets that needed to be sold, only 44 students bought tickets.
“After many reminders and announcements, it is simply not an event we can fund with the low numbers. I wish our budget was such that we could hold it for a small handful of students, but this year has not allowed the fundraising and budget necessary to move forward with such an expensive event,” Principal Sara Bravo said in a statement. “I am deeply sorry for the small number of students who wished to attend and truly hope they are able to enjoy the other events planned such as Senior Kickball, Sunrise and Sunset Celebrations, Senior Week, Senior Breakfast and of course, the long-awaited commencement ceremony.”
The district’s guidelines for schools hosting a prom include:
- Seniors being a priority for participation; some schools may be able to extend invitations to younger students.
- Prom must be at an outside venue; school athletic fields were one option under consideration.
- Face coverings and temperature checks will be required.
- Only students who attend the school will be allowed to attend prom.
- Prom attendees will transition to virtual learning for 10 calendar days following the event.