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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.

VIOLATIONS

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.

GUIDELINES

Beginning in the third grade, guidelines are as follows:

  1. Hair is to be neat, clean and well-groomed, and styled so that vision will not be obstructed. Beards and mustaches must be kept clean and neatly trimmed.
  2. School clothing is to be in good taste, clean, neat, and styled for school activities.
  3. Clothing may not advertise, condone, depict or promote the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, suicide, death, violence, and/or vulgar or obscene language.
  4. Some type of sandal or shoe must be worn at all times.
  5. Wearing either identified gang apparel or wearing clothing in a gang-style as identified by law enforcement agencies is prohibited.
  6. Dresses, skirts, shorts, and pants shall be of a length that is not distracting. These items, when worn as the outer garment, shall extend at least to the tip of the fingers when the arms are held straight at the side. The top of any slits and/or holes in outer garments shall comply with the required dress code length. Waistbands of all dresses, skirts, shorts, and pants shall be secured at the waistline
  7. All shirts shall be of a length that is not distracting. All shirts when worn as the outer garment shall be:
    1. Of a length that will stay tucked in while walking or sitting.
    2. Of a length that covers the shoulder from the base of the neck to the tip of the shoulder.
    3. Designed so that the neckline does not reveal cleavage.
    4. Designed to cover all undergarments, including the sleeve line and neckline.
  8. Experience indicates that the following types of wearing apparel can be reasonably forecast to disrupt, interfere with, disturb, or detract from the learning environment and are therefore not to be worn to school:
  9. Category Specific items of clothing that SHALL NOT be worn to school include:

    • All Gang-associated clothing or colors
    • All Overly tight and improperly fitting garments
    • All Clothing items that reference violence, death or suicide
    • All Clothing items that reference alcohol, tobacco or drugs
    • All Clothing items that can be seen through
    • Other Headwear worn inside buildings, except for religious reasons
    • Other Pajamas
    • Other Visible underwear (straps, etc.)
    • Other Lingerie (worn as outerwear)
    • Pants/Shorts/Skirts Baggy/sagging clothing
    • Pants/Shorts/Skirts Biker shorts
    • Pants/Shorts/Skirts Distracting or overly tight garments
    • Pants/Shorts/Skirts Underwear-type garments
    • Pants/Shorts/Skirts Garments that do not extend at least to the fingertips
    • Pants/Shorts/Skirts Garments that are not secured at the waist line
    • Shirts Backless tops
    • Shirts Shirts and tops that expose bare midriffs
    • Shirts Halter tops or strapless tops
    • Shirts Low-cut necklines
    • Shirts Muscle shirts or tank tops
    • Shirts Shirts and tops with spaghetti straps

EXCEPTIONS

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.

STANDARDIZED DRESS

PURPOSE

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:

Boys:

  1. Shirts: golf-type shirts or collared shirts in white plus three or four colors chosen by the school.
  2. Pants: solid color pants or jeans to be worn at the waistline.

Girls:

  1. Shirts: polo-type shirts or collared blouses. No scoop-neck or v-neck. Colors: white plus three or four colors chosen by the school.
  2. Pants and Skirts: solid color pants, jeans, or skirts to be worn at the waistline, or jumpers.

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.

IMPLEMENTATION

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:

  1. A statement of how standardized dress would improve the learning environment of the campus.
  2. A description of the procedure used to solicit input from all representative groups within the school and community.
  3. The results of a parent referendum in which there is one vote for each child in attendance at the school. In order for the Board to approve the request, a majority of the schools parents must approve of the implementation of standardized dress. (The product of the percentage of parents or guardians responding to the referendum and the percentage of parents or guardians approving the standardized dress requirement must exceed 50 percent.)
  4. A detailed and specific description of the standardized dress guidelines to be implemented and the estimated cost. Pictures and/or samples of clothing may be presented.
  5. A non-compliance plan, setting out the consequences for students who do not obtain exemptions and who violate the standardized dress requirements.
  6. A process and procedure for parents or guardians who wish to seek an exemption from the standardized dress requirement.
  7. A plan to communicate with parents/guardians, describing the standardized dress guidelines and the reasons for such a requirement.

EXEMPTIONS

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.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

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.

DISTRICT-DESIGNATED CAMPUS

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

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FNCA (LOCAL)-X


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