Junior Prom FAQs

Junior Prom FAQs
Posted on 05/05/2021
Junior Prom FAQs

Q: What is the general structure of the prom event?

A:         6:00pm-7:00pm: Arrival, check in, cocktail hour, find dinner tables 

7:00pm - 10:00pm: Dinner, dancing, dessert, dancing

10:00pm: Dismissal


Q: Can juniors bring guests who aren’t in the IHHS Class of 2022?

A: No - Due to the capacity limits of the NJ Executive Order only IHHS juniors can attend.


Q: Can you purchase a prom bid after the initial ticket sales? 

A: No - student headcounts, seating arrangements, and venue capacity for the tent must be known beforehand. Deadline is set for May 5th. 


Q: If you change your mind after buying a prom bid and decide not to go, can you get a refund?

A: Yes


Q: How do students get to and from prom?

A: Students can drive themselves, parents can drop off/pick up, can rent a limo, etc.


Q: Can a junior leave early or do they have to stay until 10:00pm?

A: Yes - While it is expected that students will stay for the duration of the event, students may leave early with parent permission and communication with administration.


Q: Does the school’s code of conduct apply to students attending prom? 

A: Yes - Students must follow the school’s code of conduct with regards to behavior, this includes vaping, other drugs and/or alcohol use. Anyone suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will need to have an immediate medical examination and diagnostic screen.   


Q: Will the school be providing faculty chaperones and security aides to assist with student behavior and management?

A: Yes - Management of students and their behavior will be under the direct supervision of IH chaperones, as well as, building administrators.


Q: What safety and mitigation measures are in place for COVID-19?

A: All mandates by the State with regard to physical distancing will be in place: Tables will be a minimum of 6 ft apart with no more than 8 students per table. Face coverings are required when not actively eating or drinking. Universal precautions such as handwashing will be in place. Physical distancing will be monitored and students will be encouraged to move about the outdoor tent space of the venue. 


Q: What happens if a student does not follow the safety and mitigation measures during the event? 

A: A parent/guardian may be called and the student may be dismissed from the event. 


Q: Will there be assigned seating?

A: Yes - NJ Executive Directive 20-019 allows a maximum of 8 people per table with at least 6 ft between tables. Students can request tablemates via Google form following ticket sales. 


Q: Will face coverings (i.e., “masks”) be required on the dance floor?

A: Yes - Face coverings must be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking.


Q: Will restrooms be available and monitored?

A: Yes - The restroom is located indoors and leaving the tent space to go indoors will be closely monitored by IH chaperones and/or venue staff. 


Q: Will students be required to maintain 6ft physical distance when dancing?

A: On Friday, May 7, dance floors at private catered events will reopen with masking and physical distancing requirements in place, meaning groups would have to stay six feet apart on the dance floor. Students will be encouraged to move about the tent, utilizing the dance floor and open space for dancing.


Q: Is slow dancing between two students permissible? 

A: No - Masking and physical distancing requirements must be in place when on the dance floor. 


Q: When students go outside the tent, will they be able to remove face coverings for quick photographs?

A: Yes - Mask breaks will be allowed outdoors with physical distancing safeguards in place. 


Q: If a student is vaccinated, do they have to wear a face covering even if outdoors?

A: Yes - Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors except in certain crowded settings and venues. The prom qualifies as a crowded setting and venue. The only time masks can be taken off is while actively eating or drinking.


Q: How will food be served?

A: Trained food servers from the venue will be handling the food & beverage service. Prom will follow a buffet style format. 


Q: How will cleaning/sanitizing be handled?
A: The Brownstone abides by all health and safety regulations in place for restaurants/catering facilities.


Q: Will COVID tests be required ahead of time?

A: No. However, our daily screening and school exclusion protocols are to be followed, with the same course of action if your child is experiencing COVID-like symptoms or was recently exposed to a COVID-positive individual.


Q: Will there be temperature checks before entering? 

A: No. Although fever is a common COVID-19 symptom, studies have found that a half to two-thirds of infected people have no symptoms, so their temperature won’t identify them as having covid-19 or not.


Q: Does a COVID19 health screening form need to be submitted before arriving at prom?

A: Yes - all prom attendees must complete an electronic Genesis screening form. This form will be in Genesis and specific to junior prom. All in-person students will need to complete both the daily and prom specific health screener form on the day of the event.