“Our kids are looking forward to doing something normal.”

With the pronouncement, Siren Middle School and High School Principal Darrell Imhoff announced to the school board Monday night prom will be held April 24 at Coyland Creek in Frederic.

Graduation is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 21, 6:30 p.m., according to Associate Principal Wayne Koball. Graduation will be held outdoors at the park. Koball thanked the staff and public for their patience, telling the board he is “not comfortable with graduation inside yet” and the decisions have been a “hard process.”

More definitive information about graduation will be released next week.

Imhoff told the board prom will be held from 8:00 p.m. – 12 midnight. Grand march will begin at 8 p.m.

Bus transportation to and from the school will be provided for free, thanks to a donation from Siren Bus Company.

Attendees will submit to temperature checks when entering the venue and need to wear masks. “Just like any other school activity,” Imhoff said.

Only Siren students will be able to attend the prom. Imhoff says nearly every school in the Lakeland Conference is limiting prom attendance to students from the home district. Students on prom court, including crown bearers, will be allowed to invite four guests to attend coronation. We Are Siren will film the grand march and coronation.

Weather permitting, planners hope to open the sides of the pavilion to accommodate airflow.

Food will include individually wrapped bags of chips, individually wrapped bags of M&Ms and individually wrapped cookies. Bottled water and unlimited soda will be served.

Imhoff told the board decorations purchased last year will be used for this year’s prom.

Cost for students to attend is $10. Students who leave the venue will not be readmitted.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the contract with CESA 11 after a discussion of services. The district is adding one service after eliminating two last year.

• Voted to deny outside usage of school facilities. The board is not ready to allow inside use of the gym and auditorium at this time, due to COVID concerns.

• Approved new board policies allowing members to attend and vote by phone or Zoom.

• Approved breakfast and lunch service for the community during summer school. There is no funding this year to deliver meals, so community members will need to come to the school to get meals.

• Heard 19 students are enrolled for 4K next year.

• Heard summer school courses are finalized. Hunter education, math and reading, outdoor games and Ojibwe courses will be offered.