Winter weather affecting some high school spring dances

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE: 4/13:

Dustin VanEnkenvort, a junior at Preble High School, gets his tuxedo fitted at DuBois Formalwear in Green Bay

Some Green Bay proms will end earlier than scheduled due to the winter storm.

Proms at East, Southwest and Preble will be held Saturday, but the times have been adjusted to 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Prom was originally scheduled to end at 10:30 p.m.

All other after-prom events are canceled.

The district says it will monitor the forecast Friday night and Saturday. If weather gets worse, the district may postpone prom until another date.

Parents who do not want their child to go out in the weather will be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

The West High School musical will go on as scheduled.
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While the anticipated snowstorm may be timed so that we may not see many school closings, with the bulk of the snow falling over the weekend, the weather may still impact some spring dances.

Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay moved up its Academy Ball to Friday night instead of Saturday. The Green Bay Area Public School District also plans to discuss options in case the weather gets bad.

Notre Dame Principal Patrick Browne said they made the decision Friday morning.

"We explained to them that for their safety we were going to have to change the event to Friday night, and our students are very dedicated, they're very academically minded, and I'll say the biggest concern they had was how that was going to impact their ACT testing on Saturday morning because they all knew they were going to be up very late," Browne said.

Browne is giving juniors and seniors the option to leave early Friday. Even with ACT testing scheduled for Saturday morning, he says majority of parents are in support of the decision.

"Just shortly after making the decision they were very supportive. They said thank you for putting our children's safety first and for being proactive and not waiting until last minute to make the decision," Browne added.

The Green Bay Area Public School District says it's going to move forward with prom plans for Saturday evening but district staff will continue monitoring the weather closely. Students say if the district ends up changing the prom date, it will throw a wrench into their plans.

"If they're going to do it another day they should do it later rather than earlier. Yeah, and they're kind of just catching us off guard by saying 'oh the day before prom it's going to be canceled.' It's kind of not going to go very well, I guess" said Dylan Boucher and Dustin VanEnkenvort, both juniors at Preble High School in Green Bay.

Green Bay Public Schools will hold a meeting Friday morning to discuss options. If the proms are rescheduled to a later date, it could cause a bit of confusion for prom-related businesses like tuxedo rentals. DuBois Formalwear in Green Bay is providing rentals for more than 200 students in the Green Bay area.

"If they picked it up this weekend we would just have them return it. If it got pushed back we'd have them return it right away, we'll put it back in stock, and then we'll have to re-pull it once we have their prom date," said Adam DuBois, assistant store manager for DuBois Formalwear in Green Bay.

The Preble High students say the weather is no reason to cancel their long-awaited prom.

"There's some mornings that it's really bad and they still don't cancel school,” said VanEnkenvort.

“I'm always a little bit scared to drive on ice, because I mean it is ice, but I think I'll be fine," added Boucher.



 
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