Dear students, leave the flowers at home.

That’s the message administrators are sending out ahead of the Shelton Intermediate School’s eighth grade cotillion tonight, citing concerns about serious allergies, NBC Connecticut reports.

Cotillion is a fancy word for the school dance.

“Due to medical concerns associated with servere (sic) allergies to certain flowers, students with flowers will not be permitted into the school,” headmaster Kenneth Saranich said in a statement. “The exchanging of flowers for the cotillion is not a function of the cotillion, nor endorsed by the school.

“For all students to have a safe and enjoyable evening we require that everyone involved comply with this request.”

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