Each year, many students choose to show off their Halloween spirit by dressing up in costumes that meet our school’s dress code. This year, students will be able to dress up on Friday, October 29th.
In order to support our current Covid-19 guidelines, please consider the following:
- costumes should be attire-based and worn to school; students will not be able to use washrooms to change into costumes
- emphasize simple costumes with limited accessories and without excessive makeup that might prompt students to touch their face
- no Halloween masks are to be worn ( students are required to wear face masks) and no gloves that might interfere with regular hand hygiene routines
- students may also consider wearing orange and black or autumn colours instead of costumes
Please note that on October 29th, 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. While students will be allowed to dress up, 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.
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. has a very popular a healthy snacks program, where preferred options for snacking, such as a variety of fruits and vegetables, are widely available for our students to enjoy.
We hope all our students who celebrate have a fun, safe, and healthy Halloween!