Guests to Canton High School’s junior prom have to fill out forms stating they are in good standing with their high schools, and if they're not in high school, they must meet with Canton High’s principal before attending.
Canton High School Principal Derek Folan emphasized that these were not “background checks,” but rather a way for the administration to meet non-Canton students before they come to the event.
“Our intention is to run a fantastic special evening for our students, and these are just some steps to make sure that everyone is on the same page regarding expectations,” Folan said this week.
The practice began last year with the senior prom, and will affect the junior prom for the first time this year.
The forms lay out the rules of the prom, including that students must arrive by 5:30 and cannot leave prior to 10:30 p.m., attendees cannot use substances, and all attendees must be below the age of 21.
It also includes a section for guests not from Canton High School, who must submit a copy of their driver’s license and get a school administrator to indicate they are in “good standing” in their own school.
Those who are not students must meet with Folan directly, where he personally tells a guest what the expectations of prom are.
“I’ve met with five to 10 folks and there are some more coming in,” Folan said. “They’ve all gone extremely well.”
Forms were distributed to students and had to be completed before students could purchase prom tickets.
Folan said vast majority of the forms came back stating the students were in good standing, and for the few that were questionable, Folan discussed the student with another administrator.
The practice puts Canton High School in line with several other schools, according to Folan, who added that he had to sign about 20 forms this year vouching for students to go to other schools’ proms.
“All signs indicate this is going to be a fantastic event the students deserve,” Folan said. “The response has been great from the student body.”