STUDENT CONDUCT: FNCA
DRESS CODE (LOCAL)
The Districts dress code is established to contribute to a safe and distraction-free professional learning environment and to teach grooming and hygiene.
Student dress and grooming is primarily the responsibility of students and their parents; however, the schools responsibility is to maintain a proper atmosphere for learning at school. Personal appearance is an important factor in developing and maintaining such an atmosphere.
Style is very important, but some types of dress and grooming are more appropriate for specific types of activities and/or locations than others. Experience has shown that extremes in dress and grooming lead to disruption of the learning process.
The principal of each school has the authority to make final decisions on questions of dress and grooming. Any student not adhering to the guidelines presented herewith shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. (See FO, FOA, FOD)
If the principal determines that a students grooming or dress violates this policy, the student shall be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the student shall be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day or until the problem is corrected.
Repeated dress code offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action.
Beginning in the third grade, guidelines are as follows:
Category Specific items of clothing that SHALL NOT be worn to school include:
The principals, in cooperation with coaches and sponsors, may adopt additional guidelines as they deem appropriate for students who participate in extracurricular activities.
Principals may approve limited exceptions to the dress code for certain campus-initiated events or special days such as Spirit Day, Hat Day, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day, etc.
The purpose of a standardized dress policy is to further enhance the learning environment on a campus. Individual campuses, with parental support, may require students to wear standardized dress in accordance with the provisions below.
DEFINITION AND GUIDELINES
Standardized dress is defined as dress that adheres to certain guidelines concerning style and color options. The specific guidelines to be implemented on a particular campus shall be determined by a campus committee composed of faculty, parents, and community representatives. The following guidelines are provided as a starting point for campus discussion:
Campus committees may add to or modify these guidelines provided the modifications are submitted to the Board with the request for a standardized dress requirement.
In order to require students to wear standardized dress, a principal, in consultation with the campus site-based committee, shall solicit input from all representative groups within the school and community. This input must be formalized at clearly publicized open meetings on the campus.
The principal must request Board approval to institute a standardized dress requirement. The request must be approved by the Board at least 100 calendar days prior to the first day of the fall semester in which the requirement is to be implemented. (For the 2005-2006 school year, the campus must notify parents of the intent to consider standardized dress before May 15 and request Board approval at the June meeting.) The request presented to the Board must include:
A student may be exempted from the standardized dress requirement provided the students parent or guardian presents a religious or philosophical objection to the standardized dress requirement. The objection must be in writing, submitted on a form provided by the District.
The Administration shall determine whether the parent has made a bona fide religious or philosophical objection to the standardized dress requirement.
A student who is granted an exemption shall be required to comply with the Districts general dress code.
Students who transfer into a school with a standardized dress requirement will be allowed up to two weeks to comply with the schools dress code.
DISCIPLINARY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The principal of the disciplinary alternative education program may establish standardized dress for the program without following the procedures required in this policy.
The Board may require a campus to implement standardized dress if the Board determines that it is in the best interest of the District. This designation can only be revoked by the Board.
AMENDMENTS TO THE PLAN
The campus committee may present amendments to the standardized dress plan for consideration by parents/guardians of the affected students. A referendum on any such amendments shall be conducted according to the referendum voting guidelines established in this policy. In order for an amendment to be implemented, more than 50 percent of the votes cast must be in favor of amending the plan. Each parent or guardian will have one vote for each child in attendance at the school.
REVOKING A PLAN
The standardized dress requirement can be revoked based on the results of a parent referendum. A referendum to revoke a standardized dress requirement shall be conducted according to the referendum voting guidelines established in this policy. In order for the requirement to be revoked, more than 50 percent of the votes cast must be in favor of the revocation. Each parent or guardian will have one vote for each child in attendance at the school. If a standardized dress requirement is revoked, the implementation of the plan shall cease immediately, and the students shall be required to comply with the Districts general dress code.
DATE ISSUED: ADOPTED: 06/20/05