Homecoming festivities look different this year


Emilia Aguayo, 11, Hannah Pace, 11, Bryce Newton, 12, and Virginia Romero, 9 show their school spirit by participating in Spirit Week’s “Florida Monday.”

In order to follow the CDC guidelines, this year’s homecoming festivities at RHS will not include a dance or a whole-school assembly.

 “No dance, no parade, no gatherings,” said Natalie Olivieri, student council adviser. 

Instead, the football game and Spirit Week will be the main sources of celebration for homecoming this year, Olivieri said.

In addition, this year’s assembly announcing the homecoming court will only be for seniors, the members of the homecoming court and their families. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will not attend the assembly in person.

“The assembly will be limited to family and seniors only. Students will be watching the assembly on television in their classroom,” said Fairy Degener, math teacher.

The limited assembly will be taking place outside in order to better follow social distancing guidelines. 

“In order to make homecoming safe during the pandemic, we will have the assembly in the football field, ”Tricia Tice, assistant principal.

Although safety precautions this year will not allow for a dance or a school-wide assembly, Spirit Week included theme days inviting students to dress in attire that centered around different U.S. locations: Florida Monday, Texas Tuesday, Colorado Wednesday and Arkansas Thursday and Mountie Friday.

“We won’t be together for this year’s homecoming ceremony, but we will have a more interactive Spirit Week,” said Hanna Pace, 11.