Polk Schools: Props, masks prohibited from Friday football games

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POLK COUNTY (WFLA) — A full slate of high school football games is scheduled for Friday, October 30th by Polk County Public Schools. Halloween costumes may be worn at the football games but are subject to inspection, the school warns.

Costumes or clothing deemed inappropriate or in violation of Polk County Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct regarding unacceptable attire will not be allowed. The school district says masks are not allowed and costumes cannot cover or partially cover a person’s face. Costume props of any kind are prohibited – this includes everything from Little Bo Peep carrying a stuffed toy sheep to a cowboy with a toy pistol, Polk Schools says.

No backpacks will be permitted, but small bags for personal items are acceptable.

The following are Polk County varsity football games set to start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30:

  • Bartow High at Winter Haven High
  • Fort Meade Middle-Senior at Frostproof Middle-Senior
  • Osceola at George W. Jenkins High
  • Haines City High at Ridge Community High
  • Kathleen High at Lakeland High
  • Sebring at Lake Gibson High
  • Gateway Charter at Mulberry High
  • Bishop Verot at Tenoroc High

The highly-anticipated match-ups of hometown rivals are expected to generate large audiences. For instance, the contest between Kathleen High and Lakeland High is expected to draw a sizable crowd. Extra law enforcement officers are on hand for such well-attended games. Tickets can be purchased in advance of the football games by contacting the individual school.

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