Prom In N.H. Marks Students As Vaccinated Or Unvaccinated To Contact Trace


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EXETER, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) -- A New Hampshire high school has gained attention regarding how they decided to handle COVID-19 safety protocols at their prom.

Students were labeled with red or black markers as vaccinated or unvaccinated as a way to "enjoy a close to normal" experience, according to Exeter High School Principal Mike Monohan.

Republican State Rep. Melissa Litchfield posted about the markings on social media and later received dozens of messages from parents.

Litchfield said a large number of the parents were concerned that students were being singled out for not being vaccinated.

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"Underclassmen went around and wrote down the numbers of the children on the dance floor approximately every three songs," Litchfield said. "Again, this is what I was told by parents -- I was not there -- that they had taken down their numbers and this was for contact tracing."

In a statement Monohan, he said the school notified students about their contact tracing method ahead of time.

"Our student and parent feedback has been extremely positive regarding the prom experience. We are aware that some concerns have been expressed that students were singled out or had heir privacy violated. We made every effort possible – while adhering to contact tracing guidelines – to ensure that this did not happen. We hope the community will understand that while no model is perfect, this model let the students enjoy a close to normal and highly desired experience to cap off their senior year. That’s the memory we want to leave them with.”

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports:

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