Each year, many students choose to show off their Halloween spirit by dressing up in costumes that meet our school’s dress code. Students will be able to dress up on Wednesday, October 31st.
Please note that on October 31st, the focus of the day remains on instruction, any Halloween related activities are optional, and students will have a choice to participate in alternative activities. Students will be allowed to dress up but they must follow Board Protocol. York Region District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy #668.0 in accordance with the Ontario Safe Schools Act, includes the following mandatory expulsion criteria: “A student shall be expelled from school if the student commits one or more of the following infractions while at school or engaged in a school-related activity (as set out in the Ontario Code of Conduct): (a) possessing a weapon or replica weapon, including a firearm.” Students celebrating this occasion in costume at our school must comply with this policy. Costume accessories including, but not limited to, toy guns, knives, axes, swords, etc. are not in compliance with York Region District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy #668.0. Similarly, costumes should be respectful of others. For example, if something is representative of a person’s culture or religious beliefs, then it should not be worn as another person’s costume. We ask all students to reserve coming to school in costume to Wednesday, October 31st, only.
As always, we wish to promote healthy eating at our school, and strongly discourage students from bringing candies that are in abundance around Halloween to school. We kindly ask our community to be especially mindful that nut and nut products —often found in Halloween candy—are not brought in to the school, as well. Bayview Glen P.S. is planning to launch a healthy snacks program in the future, where preferred options for snacking, such as a fruits and vegetables, will be available for our students to enjoy.
We’re also planning for a special Fall Harvest Dance on November 9th hosted by Bounce Entertainment. There will be no cost for students to attend the dance, though we will be asking students to kindly bring in non-perishable food items to support a local charitable organization (additional details will follow in the week ahead).
We hope all our students who celebrate have a fun, safe, and healthy Halloween!