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An event for the whole community to participate in, virtually

CCA school board approves the student leadership council Homecoming plan
The Clear Creek Amana High School 2020 Homecoming will look considerably different than it did last year for Noah McNeil and Karsyn Stratton, CCA’s 2019 Homecoming King and Queen. Due to ongoing COVID-19 issues, the parade and dance are indefinitely postponed and the coronation will be held online.

OXFORD– It is doubtful any aspect of the school year is left untouched by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the annual fall tradition of Homecoming. The student leadership council at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School, in Tiffin, wrestled with how to continue the time-honored celebration while balancing health and safety concerns. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, members of the council, along with teacher and advisor Matt Trosky, presented a plan to the district’s school board of directors for approval.
Finding no safe way forward, the council decided to postpone the Homecoming dance and parade until the district deems it safe for the students, teachers, administrators and community at-large. The goal is to put plans into motion to host the events as soon as possible, with no target date at this time due to the uncertainty surrounding the virus.
However, Homecoming Week is still scheduled for Monday, Sept. 28, through Friday, Oct. 2, with a spirit week for all of the district’s schools. The council hopes to create a hype video for Homecoming Week using some of the varsity football players, to be sent out to the elementary buildings to get them excited to dress up.
The council noted, “Elementary schools have traditionally hosted their own dress-up days,” and this would remain the same this year.
The high school, currently in a hybrid education model– combining on-site learning with off-site virtual learning– will also have a sprit week with emails or videos being sent out for the various days of the week instead of the traditional pep rally.
The leadership council and student council body agreed to change the coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen to a virtual event not open to the public or student body, with a live feed available for viewing on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.
The council emphasized the need to reach out to and include the CCA community, and in the process, hoped to keep a new tradition alive. Last year, a game ball was passed around the district’s buildings, offering an opportunity for all students to touch it. In the age of COVID however, the council realized this is not an option. Instead, a large football-shaped banner will be made and placed, either in the high school or at the stadium, where the football team can see it. Elementary students have the option of tracing their hand, cutting it out, and putting their name on it. The hands will then be attached to the large football “to remind everyone that we are in this together” and to simulate bringing the ball to each building.
The council also wants to encourage the community to purchase official Homecoming 2020 apparel, take pictures of themselves wearing it, and post the photos to social media, Facebook or Twitter, with the hash tag #whereuat #CCAHomecoming2020. The goal, the students said, is to create a montage after Homecoming Week of photos and short, 10 seconds or less, videos showing the community’s support.
The deadline for online ordering of the shirts was Monday, Sept. 21, prior to this edition’s publication.
The 2020 Homecoming Game is set for Friday, Oct. 2, against Oskaloosa High School with the freshmen taking the field at 5 p.m., and the varsity kick-off around 7:30 p.m. As it’s become the norm this season, a limited number of students and spectators will be admitted by ticket only.
In a memo to the school board laying out the plans, Trosky wrote, “I want to praise these kids and their willingness to want to involve the whole community and connect, even if we cannot in person.” During the meeting, Trosky again affirmed his pride in the students’ efforts and diligence in crafting the plan. “We’re doing unprecedented things all the time as students, faculty, and staff continue to adjust to what some refer to as the new normal,” he noted.
The board unanimously approved the Homecoming plans with praise from the board members for the job done by the students.