Approximately 8,500 high school students returned to Charles County Public Schools this year. Since the beginning of this 2021-2022 school year, using La Plata High School as an example, only 13 out of approximately 1,100 students have tested positive for COVID-19. That comes out to a mere 0.01% of students. With these numbers, I think we can all agree that hosting an event like homecoming would be at reduced risk.
CCPS has been doing a thorough job of trying to prevent the virus from spreading as much as possible. They have strongly suggested those who are eligible to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination, requiring the use of masks, encouraging good hand washing and hygiene, directing traffic in the halls, and enforcing weekly athlete testing among other preventative measures.
We want to have homecoming this year. We would like to bring people together in a community setting to get back a sense of normalcy. We want to have a positive experience with meaningful memories. Everyone can agree that we wanted to return to the building as soon as possible to get some face to face contact back and human interaction. Everyone felt a loss of connection when everything was digital last year and this year has brought us a sense of hope. Events bring people together and build school spirit. We are asking you to stand for change.