Helpful Guidelines for Safe and Healthy Halloween Celebrations
With Halloween just around the corner, we understand many students and families are excited about the opportunity to engage in fun seasonal activities. This time of year some students may plan on wearing costumes and engaging in other fun activities in the spirit of the season. Sacramento City Unified School District has developed some guidelines to help Principals promote Halloween celebrations that are safe, responsible and healthy. Please read these guidelines if you plan on having Halloween activities at your school this year.
- If students plan on wearing costumes to school on Halloween, please make sure the costumes are appropriate for the school environment.
- Masks that cover a student’s face are never appropriate to wear during school. Please do not allow students to wear masks during the school day.
- Costumes or props that suggest, or depict violence, are also inappropriate for school, and, in some cases, can lead to disciplinary action if they violate school district policies.
The District strongly recommends all sites ask students and adults to be responsible about their food and snack choices. While a lot of candy and sugary treats are being distributed in the community this time of year, please be aware of the health risks to children associated with too much sugar consumption. The American Heart Association recommends kids have less than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. The District also has a Wellness Policy that limits the amount of sugar that is allowed on campus during the school day. Click here to read the District Wellness Policy or download the brochure.
The Health Education Council has also developed a helpful guide, in accordance with our Wellness Policy, to provide students, staff and families with tips on how to responsibly enjoy Halloween celebrations in more nutritious and healthy ways. Click here to download the guide for healthy Halloween celebrations.
Thank you in advance for helping to share this information with your staff, students and families. Have a fun, safe and healthy Halloween!