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Oct 27
Tips and treats! Handling Halloween at school

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Trick-or-treating isn't the only way families celebrate Halloween – the lead-up to Oct. 31 often brings some spooky festivities to schools, as well!

Classrooms may have Halloween parties, but this year, the district is taking extra precautions based on recommendations from the BC Centre for Disease Control to ensure everyone's safety in-class with COVID-19.

Halloween costumes can be worn safely in classrooms, but families should check in with their classroom teachers to see if they are permitted in your child's class.

If costumes are permitted, students are reminded not to touch each other's costumes – no matter how amazing they are – and to not bring accessories to school that can be passed around. Try integrating a non-medical mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth. However, to ensure breathability, costume masks (if your schools permits them) should not be worn over non-medical masks or face coverings.

For classes that will be distributing goodies, a teacher or staff member will be designated to distribute sealed, pre-packaged goodies through creative means that minimize contact and maximize physical distancing. (Bonus points if teachers can integrate physical distancing into their costumes!)

If possible, goodies will be distributed outside, and staff will follow proper hand hygiene procedures before and after handing out goodies. In-class celebrations will be limited to their cohorts/learning groups, while also encouraging students to wash their hands regularly and keep their hands to themselves. High-touch surfaces like doorknobs and handrails will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.

And while some activities are restricted this year, there are still a lot of creative, fun and safe activities approved for classes. Here are some ideas:

  • Outdoor Fall/Halloween Scavenger Hunt: Look for dry leaves, creepy twigs and other materials for art projects or assignments geared towards subjects like math. Students can search individually or in small groups within their cohort.

  • Goodie Launcher: Share a picture of a candy launcher made of Lego to spark curiosity for STEM and inquiry in your students! Then let them build their own goodie launcher and test it outside.

  • Gallery Walk: Have students decorate the windows of their classrooms, then let cohorts walk the perimeter of the school to see everybody's artistic endeavors!

  • Costume Parade: Students can still safely show off their Halloween costumes, so long as parades are done outdoors and cohorts are separated from each other. Take your costumes to the field and put them on display from a safe physical distance!

The BCCDC has a full list of other ways to ensure Safer Celebrations that can be used in the classroom. For more Halloween safety information, visit the BCCDC's Halloween page. Stay safe and spooky – and Happy Halloween!

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