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School board OKs changes to Washington homecoming

WASHINGTON — The Washington homecoming has been moved to Sept. 25 with no parade, but with a dance and spirit night.

Originally, homecoming was supposed to be Oct. 9 versus Fairfield but because of schedule changes, the game was moved to Sept. 25.

Instead of spirit night being in the auditorium the Thursday before, it will be at Case Field with a normal schedule. Spirit night will include the homecoming king and queen coronation.

If it rains, the coronation will be on Friday during the game.

There will be no parade. Athletic Director Brent Van Weelden said they felt a parade with kids on floats puts too much risk on their safety.

Instead of each grade building and decorating a float, they have each chosen a hallway to decorate and compete.

Van Weelden said he sent out an email to several different schools to ask about homecoming parades and Mount Pleasant was the only one that still is holding one.

Dress up or spirit days are still planned to happen as normal.

Van Weelden said they are also planning to have a dance at the fairgrounds cattle barn on Sept. 26.

“We’re going to have to watch social distancing, but we feel it’s important that the kids get as much homecoming as they can while still being safe,” Van Weelden said.

Other changes included removing the early dismissal that Friday and the royalty will not be going to the retirement homes.

The school board voted unanimously to approve the homecoming changes.