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Superintendent's Halloween Letter to Parents/Guardians

October 29, 2019

October 29, 2019 

A Message to Parents and Guardians: Halloween Appropriateness 

Halloween across all schools in SD43 is a fun and festive day which brings the school community together.  Typically, the time around Halloween is incident-free and very respectful. 
From time to time, a few students “in character” push the boundaries of what is socially acceptable, or what is appropriate behavior in schools, sometimes at the expense of others.  With that in mind, and to ensure that every student and adult in our community enjoys the time around Halloween, we would like your assistance in reinforcing these guidelines with your children, for student safety and school climate reasons: 
  • Students in costume should be easily recognizable and/or identify themselves to any staff member when queried.
  • By law, and School District expectations, the use and possession of firecrackers or fireworks at school is strictly prohibited.  This pertains to students before, during or after school, on or offsite.
  • Replica weapons (guns, knives, etc.) are inappropriate, as are costumes which are hyper-sexualized, or costumes which depict elements of sexual exploitation.  Please encourage your children to avoid glamorizing sexual exploitation by refusing to allow them to wear Halloween costumes that re-victimize those who have suffered the devastation of this crime.  It is also important to note that costumes which portray individuals of a marginalized race, which are stereotypical and/or condescending, or that demean any group of people and make fun of anyone’s suffering are inappropriate.
  • Students “in character” are to conduct themselves appropriately.  Behaviors which intimidate, harass or humiliate members of the community, or other behaviors which are inappropriate at the expense of others, do not contribute to a fun, festive, and safe environment.
With your assistance, I trust we will have a wonderful week and our children will continue to love being at school.  Thank you for your support. 

Please refer to these readily available public websites of our partner agencies for more information: 

Have a safe and happy Halloween. 


Patricia Gartland

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828