TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Fall sports are already underway at Baltimore County high schools, but students won’t get to take part in homecoming dances or indoor pep rallies again this year, the school system announced Tuesday.

In a message to parents of high school students sent out Tuesday morning, Baltimore County Public Schools cited the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the county as a reason for the cancellations.

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“As a system, we are committed to preserving and protecting in-person learning while providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for students and staff,” the message said.

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School principals are still allowed to plan some homecoming festivities, such as outdoor halftime shows with marching bands and cheerleaders, Spirit Week, and any other traditions that can be held outside or with safety measures in place.

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Homecoming football games are proceeding as scheduled, the school system said.

CBS Baltimore Staff