KEOSAUQUA – Van Buren County Community School District is celebrating homecoming this week, with a mostly normal set of festivities and only a few COVID-related changes.
Van Buren High School Principal Mark Adams said the district has been working closely with Van Buren Public Health to determine which activities the school can do safely so that the students can have an enjoyable homecoming.
Students will participate in the traditional dress-up days, of which there are four since there is no school on Wednesday.
They will be able to decorate the hallways as normal. Public Health approved the school’s parade, which will begin at 3 p.m. Friday. Masks will be required for those riding on floats.
The parade will be a little different this year because of the pandemic.
The route is new, and it goes as follows: Start at high school parking lot and turn right on Market Street, left on First Street, left on Dodge Street, left on Country Lane Road, right on Sixth back to the high school parking lot.
The school will have more vehicles and trailers than normal so that students can be socially distanced from each other.
Unlike past years, the district will not have middle school students walk downtown to watch the parade but instead will have them spread out along the softball and practice fields to watch.
The school has canceled the traditional assembly in the park that usually concludes the parade.
One tradition that will live on this year is the PowderPuff football and He-Man volleyball games Tuesday night, both of which will be on the football field.
The volleyball game will start at 6 p.m., and the football game will start at 7 p.m.
Friday’s football game against Louisa-Muscatine begins at 7 p.m. The homecoming dance is the following day from 7-11 p.m. on the football field.
Dress-up days this week:
• Monday – Tie Dye
• Tuesday – Cowboy and Rock Star
• Wednesday – No school
• Thursday – Character Day
• Friday – Orange and Black