Updated: October 01, 2021 09:54 AM
Created: September 30, 2021 11:34 PM
BALLSTON SPA - All the kids in town just want to dance, but the adults won't let them. It sounds like the plot to the classic Kevin Bacon movie of the 1980s, "Footloose."
"I do see some parallels," said Skiiler Fusco, a Ballston Spa junior who began a petition drive determined to persuade school officials to re-think their decision to postpone the homecoming dance that had been scheduled for this weekend.
By Thursday night, 832 students had signed the petition.
Jason Fernau, president of the Ballston Spa Board of Education, issued a statement that read in part: "(The District) is aware and dismayed that school districts throughout our region are still needing to have some restrictions on events and school activities associated with a regular school year because of COVID-19 concerns."
Fusco, just like every other teenager in Ballston Spa, found out life isn't always footloose and fancy-free. She's uncomfortable knowing that school officials have pulled the plug on the popular dance at the same time they're allowing the homecoming football game to be played on Friday night.
"We deserve to have a normal year of high school and this is the start," Fusco said. "By them postponing (the dance) and telling us wait until spring, it's not going to feel normal for us."
Especially perplexing to much of the student body is that the homecoming football game on Friday night is still a go.
"The football game, homecoming tomorrow is going to be crazy, and they're not saying anything about that, but we can't have an enjoyable time and follow through with the dance," stated Madison Moore, a Ballston Spa sophomore.
"There is an ongoing dialogue between administration, the petitioner, and other student groups regarding holding a dance event at a later date when restrictions would be lessened, and a better student experience could be achieved," Fernau said in a written statement.
"I don't understand how we can go into big, huge places like the cafeteria, sit shoulder to shoulder, talking normally like nothing has happened," said Moore
"When we're outside for gym we can have our masks off and next to people and, like Maddie said, in the cafeteria we can be really close to people and the football game (is fine)," added Amiah Love, a Ballston Spa sophomore.
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