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Halloween Costume Guidelines

Halloween will be on Thursday this year, and Century Middle School students wishing to participate will be allowed to wear costumes to school. We will adhere to the guidelines the district has set forth for Halloween, which are included below.  If a student does come to school dressed inappropriately, the student will be asked to either remove or cover what is inappropriate. If a school remedy is not possible, a parent/guardian will be asked to come pick up the student. Please note that facsimile weapons of any kind are not allowed, and bringing one will result in suspension and/or expulsion from school. All of us at Century want the students to enjoy Halloween, but it is important to remember that we will stay focused on instruction and academics throughout the day. 

Adams 12 Five Star Schools encourages the opportunity for students and families to engage in celebration that is respectful to all cultures, religions, races, and beliefs.  In our continued efforts to maintain a respectful, safe and secure learning environment, the following guidelines for Halloween celebrations have been developed. These guidelines apply to students, staff, and participants of all Halloween celebrations both during and after the school day.

Halloween Guidelines

  1. Costumes that would otherwise violate the Student Dress Code (District Policy 5060) will only be allowed if approved by an administrator prior to wearing to school.  For safety reasons, masks or makeup should not cover the student’s face in a manner that makes the student unrecognizable. Masks or makeup that conceal student’s identity may be worn only during designated times such as during a costume contest.  

  2. The following are considered not appropriate for school or school events:

  • Costumes that are overly graphic, promote violence or otherwise might logically be assumed to be offensive to others 

  • Costumes that are sexually suggestive and would otherwise violate the school’s dress code

  • Costumes with sound effects, lights or other components which would disrupt the classroom learning environment

  • Costumes that could be considered insensitive to various races, cultures and religions

  • Toy or facsimile weapons of any kind (guns, knives, swords, bats, etc.) are not allowed

  • Costumes or dress of any kind that may be potentially disruptive to the educational or school environment

 In alignment with District Policy 5060, school administrators may ask students or participants to change into school appropriate attire and/or remove masks, makeup, or costumes.

Halloween Guidelines Addendum (RE:  Clown Costumes)

As you may recall, in 2016 the Five Star District prohibited students and staff from wearing clown costumes on school grounds due to social media threats nationwide. Although we have not been made aware of any similar threats this year, district leadership made the decision to leave this prohibition in the 2019 Halloween guidelines, acknowledging the release of the movie IT 2, and in anticipation of a social media response.  As always, the safety and security of students and staff is our first priority, therefore students and staff are prohibited from wearing clown masks or costumes on school grounds. This adjustment was made in the best interest of the school community and creates a safe environment for students and staff at Halloween celebrations this year. 

Keep in mind,  district and school leadership will reevaluate the guidelines each year and make adjustments as needed to ensure a safe celebration for the entire school community. Students who violate or are suspected to be in violation of this policy will be referred to school administration. 

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Este año Halloween cae en jueves y se permitirá que los estudiantes de Century Middle School usen disfraces si ellos desean participar. Nosotros respetaremos las directrices que el distrito ha establecido para Halloween, las cuales de describen enseguida. Si un estudiante viene a la escuela vestido inapropiadamente, se le pedirá al estudiante quiten o cubran la ropa inapropiada. Si un remedio escolar no es posible, se le pedirá al padre/tutor legal que recoja el estudiante. Por favor tomen en cuenta que no se permiten las armas de imitación o cualquier tipo y si traen un arma esto resultara en suspensión y/o expulsión escolar. Todos en Century queremos que los estudiantes disfruten Halloween, pero es importante recordar que durante el día vamos a mantener el enfoque en la instrucción y estudios. 

Adams 12 Five Star Schools anima la oportunidad para que los estudiantes y familias participen en celebración que es respetuosa a todas las culturas, religiones, razas y creencias de nuestras familias. Se han desarrollado las siguientes directrices para las celebraciones de Halloween, en acorde a nuestros esfuerzos continuos de mantener un ambiente de aprendizaje respetuoso y seguro. Estas directrices aplican a los estudiantes, personal y participantes de todas las celebraciones de Halloween tanto durante como después del día escolar. 

Guias para el dia de Halloween 

  1. Disfraces que violen las Políticas del Código de Vestimenta del Estudiante (Política 5060) serán permitidos solamente si han sido aprobados por un administrador de la escuela antes de usarlos en la escuela. Por razones de seguridad, las máscaras o el maquillaje no deben cubrir la cara del estudiante de tal manera que lo haga irreconocible. Las máscaras o el maquillaje que esconda la identidad del estudiante solamente podrán ser usadas en horas designadas, tal como en un concurso de disfraces.

  2. Lo siguiente no se considera apropiado para la escuela o eventos escolares: 

  • No se aceptarán disfraces que son demasiado gráficos, que promuevan violencia, o que lógicamente se puedan considerar como ofensivos para otras personas.

  • No son apropiados los disfraces sexualmente sugestivos o que de alguna otra manera violen el código de vestimenta de la escuela.

  • Los disfraces no pueden incluir objetos con efectos de sonido, luces, u otros componentes que interrumpan el aprendizaje en el salón de clases

  • Disfraces que se podrían considerar insensibles a varias razas, culturas y religiones. 

  • No se permiten armas de fuego de juguete o facsímil de cualquier tipo (pistolas, cuchillos, espadas, bates, etc.) 

  • Disfraces o vestimenta de cualquier tipo que se podrían considerar potencialmente disruptivo al ambiente educativo o escolar 

 En alineación con la Política 5060, los administradores escolares pueden pedirles a los estudiantes o participantes que se cambien a vestimenta apropiada a la escuela o que se quiten máscaras, maquillaje o disfraces.