Our priority for Halloween this year is to keep everyone safe by following our new protocols and routines, but we do want to give our students a chance to have some fun and enjoy themselves. While we will not be holding our Danceathon, on Friday, October 30, students will be allowed to wear Halloween costumes to school. When choosing a costume with your child, we always ask you to please consider the following questions to ensure that we are being empathetic and respectful to others:
- Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
- Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
- Am I altering my skin color, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
- Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
- Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?
This year we will also ask you to consider the following:
- Your child will need to be comfortable sitting in his or her costume as well as going out for recess in it. He or she should be able to manage it independently (e.g. when accessing the washroom)
- The costume should not be a tripping hazard for your child or for others in the classroom. Please remember that the children have no access to lockers and there is limited storage space in the classroom for large costume items.
- The costume should not include any props that resemble weapons or Halloween masks that cover your child’s face. Your child will be required to wear his or her regular mask with the costume.
Classrooms will hold their own celebrations appropriate to the students’ ages and interests, and educators will share more information about that with students as we draw closer to Halloween.
Please remember that students are not allowed to share food at any time to protect those in our school community with life-threatening allergies, and this includes special occasions like Halloween. Food treats sent to school will not be distributed and will be sent home with your child. While providing treats are not necessary, if you would like to have your child share an individual, non-edible treat with other students in the class, please send them to school no later than Monday, October 26. Out of an abundance of caution, and to follow public health guidelines, we will quarantine the items here before distributing them on October 30. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please speak to your child’s educators.
Trick or Treating in Halton
Halton Public Health has released guidelines about trick or treating, and we would encourage you to follow them carefully to help keep your family and community safe. The latest set of guidelines is attached for your reference.
Thank you for your patience and support, and Happy Halloween!