Gulfport and West Harrison high schools have safety in mind this weekend as Tropical Storm Nate moves closer to the Gulf of Mexico, officials said.
Gulfport’s’s homecoming dance has been moved from Saturday night to Friday night after the game, said MC Price Barton, community relations specialist for Gulfport High School.
“We rescheduled due to inclement weather coming in,” Barton said. “We didn’t want to risk it.”
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Barton said safety of students, faculty and parents are the school’s top priority.
The dance is slated to start 9:30 p.m. and end at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, she said.
The Hancock Hawks agreed to begin the game an hour early, which will give students more time to prepare for the dance after the game.
The matchup will now start at 6 p.m..
That means that students who attend the game will have to change into their dresses and suits before going to the dance.
Barton said many students don’t arrive to the dance as soon as it starts, and the school decided to extend the time of the dance until after midnight so students have time to get ready and get to the dance.
The decision was made to have the dance after the football game so it could fall within the school’s homecoming week, Barton said. The school is not able to host the dance next weekend.
West Harrison’s dance has been moved to Oct. 14.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the safety of our staff and students come first,” said Harrison County School District spokesperson Trang Pham-Bui.