Although many high schools in and around Tuscaloosa County have varying approaches to handling teaching in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools are actively trying to limit the spread of the virus by minimizing large gatherings and canceling large school events, as many did this spring when they called off proms and graduation ceremonies earlier this year.

That's why rumors of a homecoming afterparty for Northridge High School juniors and seniors, without the knowledge of NHS administrators, has troubled so many.

According to a Facebook post, the event simply titled "The Party" is planned to take place Oct. 24 at Indian Hills Country Club.

A representative of the Indian Hills Country Club said the event was initially organized by a club member, likely an NHS parent, although their name was not disclosed and the person or group could not be specifically identified before publication.

The club's COVID-19 guidelines are not made publicly available. However, Northridge High School contains just over 1,000 students in grades 9-12 for the 2020-21 academic year. It's not certain that the private country club venue can host roughly 50% of that student body while keeping within social distancing guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Northridge Principal J. Tyger Evans has already distanced the school from any knowledge or connection to any extracurricular dances, parties, or gatherings.

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"We have done our best to sponsor some traditional homecoming activities for our students this fall," Evans wrote in an email to faculty and parents earlier this week. "However we also desire to make it clear that Northridge High School is not sponsoring dances, parties, or dinners in any way for homecoming this year."

Evans said NHS continues to promote COVID-19 health and safety guidelines in order to protect faculty, staff, and students that have had to be quarantined in the past several weeks.

He told the Tuscaloosa Thread that he had no specific knowledge of this particular event and did not outline any possible disciplinary measures in response to it.

For more details as they emerge, stay connected to The Tuscaloosa Thread.