Year-end events are back for Pawtucket’s high schools

Year-end events are back for Pawtucket’s high schools

PAWTUCKET – It won’t quite be back to normal for Pawtucket’s high school students this spring, but end-of-year events, some with a twist, have returned.

Supt. Cheryl McWilliams said that Tolman High School students decided on having their prom, delayed from the end of May to the first week in June to take it beyond the May 28 deadline for rules to relax in Rhode Island.

Students at Shea High School and the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts, meanwhile, were also given the choice of a prom or some other celebration under various scenarios, and those surveyed opted for senior outing celebrations at Slater Park.

McWilliams said the schools will continue to follow all state guidelines on any event.

Honors nights will be held:

• At Shea High on May 19 at 6 p.m. Students can bring two people with them to maintain spacing in the Shea gym.

• At Jackie Walsh School in the outdoor amphitheater on May 20 at 6 p.m. Each student is allowed to invite two people in case the event has to be moved to the school’s gym.

• And at Tolman in the auditorium on May 26, also at 6 p.m., with a two-person guest limit.

Tolman has a pretty large space, said McWilliams, but officials want to be careful to follow guidance.

“If we weren’t concerned about spacing, we wouldn’t have to limit tickets,” she said. “We can’t jam the auditorium with people being inches apart.”

Graduations will be held:

• For Shea High School on June 9 at 6 p.m. The event will be at the traditional venue of Max Read Field, with two tickets given per graduate. In case of rain, ceremonies would be moved to the Tolman auditorium.

• For Tolman on June 11 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. Two-person guest limit.

• And outside at JMW on June 10 at 6 p.m. This event will also have a two-ticket limit in case it has to be moved inside.

Other city schools are also holding their typical variety of smaller end-of-year celebrations, said McWilliams, with as much happening outside as possible.