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Author Topic: Do Chatham County Schools allow Halloween Costumes?  (Read 3173 times)
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« on: October 22, 2012, 07:07:50 AM »

Do the schools still permit students to wear costumes? Does PES still do trick-or-treating through downtown Pittsboro?
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2012, 09:29:51 AM »

I think so.....many in the Central Office wear theirs everyday, year 'round.    Wink
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2012, 11:31:15 AM »

Maybe it is a school by school choice.  I know MPS does not allow them.  My kids have worn them when younger at PHS though.
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2012, 02:57:19 PM »

Maybe it is a school by school choice.  I know MPS does not allow them.  My kids have worn them when younger at PHS though.

I only bring this up because the email regarding the Pollard dance this Friday reminded students that costumes are not permitted at the dance nor in school. I'm really surprised by this because I think Dr Bartholomew has been very effective at creating a good, fun environment at Pollard.  It seems odd and out of character that he would ban costumes.
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2012, 03:01:18 PM »

I just got a note from Perry Harrison and they are NOT wearing costumes.

Which is fine, IMO.
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2012, 05:28:36 PM »

I just got a note from Perry Harrison and they are NOT wearing costumes.

Which is fine, IMO.

Why is that fine? Can't kids be kids?

So is this a district wide policy?
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2012, 05:39:47 PM »

I don't think most schools allow costumes anymore. There are safety issues (kids tripping on things, masks slipping over eyes, etc.). There are equity issues (those kids with the most resources wear the best costumes). And there are religious or cultural reasons (many christians object to halloween, other cultures don't celebrate the holiday). I'm sure it's not a case of people being spoilsports. It's just another example of the knife's edge public schools have to walk.
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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2012, 05:43:08 PM »

I don't think most schools allow costumes anymore. There are safety issues (kids tripping on things, masks slipping over eyes, etc.). There are equity issues (those kids with the most resources wear the best costumes). And there are religious or cultural reasons (many christians object to halloween, other cultures don't celebrate the holiday). I'm sure it's not a case of people being spoilsports. It's just another example of the knife's edge public schools have to walk.

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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2012, 06:17:51 PM »

I don't think most schools allow costumes anymore. There are safety issues (kids tripping on things, masks slipping over eyes, etc.). There are equity issues (those kids with the most resources wear the best costumes). And there are religious or cultural reasons (many christians object to halloween, other cultures don't celebrate the holiday). I'm sure it's not a case of people being spoilsports. It's just another example of the knife's edge public schools have to walk.

Kids could trip on untied shoelaces -  should schools mandate velco closures or slip-ons?
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2012, 06:43:56 PM »

1911A and jksk, please know that all of the rules you don't like at schools are probably---in fact are almost certainly---in place because parents complained or sued about something THEY didn't like. If you don't like the result, please don't blame the schools, the teachers or the administration. Parents advocate for their own children. Sometimes what they advocate for runs counter to another parent's interest. One parent who sues because their child may have gotten a food borne illness from homemade cookies means schools won't let anybody bring in anything homemade. One parent who complains because they don't want their children exposed to "satanic" influences means no more halloween celebrations. Lather, rinse, repeat. These are public institutions that answer to their stakeholders. Sometimes, you may not like the answers they come up with.
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« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2012, 07:52:38 PM »

1911A and jksk, please know that all of the rules you don't like at schools are probably---in fact are almost certainly---in place because parents complained or sued about something THEY didn't like. If you don't like the result, please don't blame the schools, the teachers or the administration. Parents advocate for their own children. Sometimes what they advocate for runs counter to another parent's interest. One parent who sues because their child may have gotten a food borne illness from homemade cookies means schools won't let anybody bring in anything homemade. One parent who complains because they don't want their children exposed to "satanic" influences means no more halloween celebrations. Lather, rinse, repeat. These are public institutions that answer to their stakeholders. Sometimes, you may not like the answers they come up with.

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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2012, 07:07:46 AM »

1911A and jksk, please know that all of the rules you don't like at schools are probably---in fact are almost certainly---in place because parents complained or sued about something THEY didn't like. If you don't like the result, please don't blame the schools, the teachers or the administration. Parents advocate for their own children. Sometimes what they advocate for runs counter to another parent's interest. One parent who sues because their child may have gotten a food borne illness from homemade cookies means schools won't let anybody bring in anything homemade. One parent who complains because they don't want their children exposed to "satanic" influences means no more halloween celebrations. Lather, rinse, repeat. These are public institutions that answer to their stakeholders. Sometimes, you may not like the answers they come up with.

Is that what happened in this case?
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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2012, 11:14:36 AM »

Is that what happened in this case?
I have no idea. I was just stating a generality. I don't have any knowledge whatsoever on what discussions have gone on at different schools over time.
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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2012, 11:46:09 AM »

Is that what happened in this case?
I have no idea. I was just stating a generality. I don't have any knowledge whatsoever on what discussions have gone on at different schools over time.

Right.  Is this a generality as well:

"There are equity issues (those kids with the most resources wear the best costumes)."

That some parent dared use this as an excuse and wasn't snorted out of the room?
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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2012, 12:08:16 PM »

Right.  Is this a generality as well:

"There are equity issues (those kids with the most resources wear the best costumes)."

That some parent dared use this as an excuse and wasn't snorted out of the room?
Actually, that one came from a school at which I was PTA president back in the day. It engendered a good deal of compassion, rather than derision.
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