Fraser Valley – It was inevitable.

On February 17, Abbotsford Schools officially cancelled prom for the second straight year.

And yes, COVID is to blame.

The question remained, when will Chilliwack follow suit.

In a letter to parents, the District’s interim superintendent Rohan Arul-pragasam confirmed that Chilliwack had to cancel stating: “please know that we did not make this decision lightly….With B.C.’s COVID case counts still uncomfortably high and provincial health orders restricting gatherings unlikely to be loosened … the safety of students must come first.”

Last year, then Grade 11’s were hoping that the pandemic would ease up and allow grad activities for ’21, but as you know, that was not the case.

The letter to parents continues: We will be moving forward with the same convocation process as last year to honour our students and families. The events will respect physical distancing, and all health and safety protocols. We will provide the opportunity to celebrate each graduate in person and a live streaming and virtual celebration that families can enjoy. These commencement ceremonies require careful planning to ensure that we recognize our graduates in the best way possible under the COVID-19 restrictions. Your school’s administrative team will communicate key details around the process closer to your school’s commencement date

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