Halloween will look a little different this year for all of us.
* on Friday, students may wear costumes but need to adhere to our rules regarding costumes: NO masks, they will still be wearing their masks as per public health during the day; NO weapons of any sort or fake blood; make sure the costume is one that they can sit down and walk safely in as well
* there will be NO dance of any sort. The teachers will do some quieter activities in the classroom for a portion of the day.
* NO food sharing of any sort. If the teacher directs the students to bring in a snack, it is for your child only. There is absolutely NO sharing of food.
For Trick or Treating….On Saturday
In case you have not seen the latest from Public Health, York is in stage 2 and trick or treating is NOT recommended. Here is their message below for your convenience:
Celebrate Halloween safely
Halloween may look a little different this year, but it can still be a lot of fun. Follow public health advice and measures from public health experts, and make good decisions based on your own unique situation.
To have a safe and happy Halloween, you should:
- avoid gatherings with people outside of your household
- stay home if you are feeling ill, even if you have mild symptoms, or if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19
- turn off your porch light and don’t hand out treats if you are sick, even with mild symptoms, or self-isolating
- stay within your public health unit region
Check with your local municipality or public health unit for any additional advice or restrictions that may be in place.
If you live in a public health unit region in Stage 3, consider getting a poster to help let your neighbours know whether you are handing out treats.
If you live in Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region
Given the high transmission of COVID-19 in Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region, traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is not recommended. Consider alternative ways to celebrate instead, such as:
- encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities and parties
- organizing a candy hunt with people living in your household
- carving pumpkins
- having a movie night or sharing scary stories
- decorating front lawns
Here is the poster they suggest that you put on your door:
Let’s keep everyone safe, consider an alternative!