Prom is on!
Prom is on.
That's the message from the Toronto District School Board.
Students had been worried the end of the year bashes could be in danger. This as public high school teachers are refusing to take part in extracurricular activities as a show of protest against the provincial government & Bill 115.
At a meeting Wednesday, Acting Director of Education Donna Quan pledged the TDSB's support for proms & says staff, including superintendents, are ready to sub in for teachers as chaperones.
Trustee Pamela Gough had put forward a motion, asking for similar support but withdrew it. Gough says she didn't know that 98% of the board's high schools have been quietly planning proms without the help of teachers all along.
Gough says prom is especially important to the class of 2013, having already missed out on half a year of sports teams, clubs & dances.
Student trustee Kourosh Houshmand says the "symbolic assurance" is good to have after months of bad news surrounding their extra-curriculars.
Houshmand says prom ranks among life milestones like your first paycheque and buying your first car. He says it's an experience that is important to have.