Cloquet High School has begun finalizing prom and graduation set to take place this spring, with plans to host both events outdoors due to COVID-19 guidelines.

District organizers believe they will be able to safely host prom and graduation outdoors under recently updated guidelines from the Minnesota departments of health and education.

According to high school Principal Steve Battaglia, prom is scheduled for May 8, with large tents and dancing in the high school parking lot. There will be a virtual grand march for families to view.

"This will allow for better air flow and a reduced risk of transmission," he said. "We still have many details to work out, but we are planning to have an event."

The district is planning an outdoor full-class graduation May 28 at the football field. Battaglia noted there will be a backup plan consisting of numerous mini-ceremonies held in the school auditorium in case of inclement weather.

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He said they are also in the midst of working with a parent group to possibly coordinate an all-night graduation party following the ceremony.

Battaglia emphasized that all events are fluid and subject to change depending on the evolving pandemic situation.

"We’re confident we can pull off these large events," he said. "They won’t be like normal, but they’ll certainly be memorable and unique."