Students are encouraged to show their school spirit by participating in the daily “spirit themes” during Homecoming Week (October 23-27). Pasco Schools Dress Code expectations still apply. Make-up, face paint, hats, bandanas and relaxed footwear are acceptable during the week. No hats or wigs are allowed unless part of a costume. Props that can cause a disruption or violate safety rules are not allowed. No weapons, real or fake, are allowed as part of a costume. Faces cannot be covered, and no morph suits may be worn that covers the face. When selecting an appropriately themed costume, students must remember that “decorations, symbols, mottos, or designs imprinted or attached to the body, clothing, accessories or student vehicle which contain profanity in any form, violent images, are considered vulgar, offensive to good taste or the maintenance of decorum, or which contain sexually suggestive words, phrases or images, advertise tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or which identify them as members of secret antisocial groups or gangs, or which cause an inherent risk of substantial disruption to the educational program, shall not be worn to school or school functions. Offensive designs imprinted on the body must be covered.” It’s best to discuss dress-up ideas with a school administrator prior to showing up to school wearing something that potentially could lead to an issue.
We want our students to have positive experiences during homecoming; thus, we must insist that all students refrain from pranks. Even though students may find these acts funny, many cases are accompanied by damage to the school or personal property, and high costs to make repairs. In the past, students involved have been denied participation in school activities for the remainder of the school year. Seniors risk being able to attend GradBash, prom, and graduation. Some of these pranks have even been considered unlawful and led to students being charged by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Parents, please take a few minutes to speak to your student about making good choices so that he/she can enjoy homecoming this school year.