The Winnipeg School Division is asking its students to avoid wearing clown masks to school for Halloween.

At this time of year, school administrators normally review types of safety with a specific focus on Halloween.

“This year they are asking students to avoid wearing clown masks associated with the ‘scary clowns’ seen in media,” a WSD spokesperson said in an email to CTV. “Our code of conduct is clear about threatening or bullying behavior and the consequences, and since the main purpose of the ‘scary clown’ masks is to deliberately scare or intimidate people we are hoping to prevent that from happening at our schools by asking students not to wear them.”

According to the WSD, there have not been and incidents or sightings at any WSD schools.