There are several parent groups organizing homecoming dances throughout Gallia County without the consent of the school districts. Although they have acknowledged that they are not associated with the schools, they are still using the school’s names. With that being said, events like this could cause these districts to go into a full quarantine which could jeopardize the health and welfare of our staff and students, in school learning and athletic seasons. The ripple effect of such events could be catastrophic to our students, staff, families and community members. If we want to do something special for our students, let’s follow the safety directives from the local health department to ensure a successful school year. Unfortunately there are not any exemptions in the current orders regarding social distancing and mass gatherings for dances. The risks involved in holding private dances certainly outweighs the benefits in our current situation.