EVART -- Despite COVID-19 restrictions in place at area schools, Evart Public Schools will be celebrating this week with annual homecoming traditions.

"In a COVID world, that's really difficult," Evart High School Principal Jessica Kolenda said. "But we have tried, and I think we've come up with some really great things to try to emulate homecoming as much as we could."

While celebrating with a variety of events, Kolenda said the event she is most looking forward to is the annual homecoming parade.

"We are also really excited we were able to pull off a parade," she said, noting concerns about not being able to have one this year due to the COVID-19 policies enforced at schools.

However, she said the parade will take place as usual, and asked those in the audience to abide by social distancing standards.

"We are inviting the entire community to come out, but please socially distance and wear a mask," she said.

The parade will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, beginning at the high school, and passing by the Osceola County Fairgrounds before ending at the middle school.

Also on Friday, Evart High School will take part in its annual Activity Day, where students will be able to celebrate with several fun games and activities, before early dismissal.

The marching band and fall athletes also will be honored during the event.

"It's been Evart High School's past routine to do an activity day on Friday. We've never done it on an early release day and we've never done it with a bunch of COVID restrictions, but we do have a really great day planned for the students," Kolenda said.

While a majority of homecoming events will take place Friday, Kolenda said the days leading to Friday will allow students to show off their school spirit through a week of spirit days. These include Comfy Day, Camouflage Day, Flannel Day and more.

"I'm just really, really happy that the kids are wanting and willing to do homecoming," Kolenda said.