FILE:  JCDB

 

STUDENT DRESS CODE

 

 

The policy of the West Carroll Parish School Board shall be that no mode of attire shall be considered proper for school wear that disrupts the classroom and/or the school's positive learning environment.  Students shall be expected to dress appropriately, in accordance with the dress code outlined in the West Carroll Parish Student Handbook.  In questions regarding student dress and grooming, the principal or his/her designee of each school shall make the final decision as to what is considered proper or improper dress according to the guidelines provided.

 

The School Board's position is that it wants to teach each student to use good judgment in his/her total appearance so that the attention of others is not distracted from the purpose of the school.  Cleanliness and the values of the community shall be a basic consideration.

 

NOTIFICATION

 

The School Board shall notify the parent or guardian of each student of the dress code specifications and their effective date.

 

If the School Board adopts a uniform policy or modifies the existing uniform policy, it shall notify, in writing, the parent or guardian of each student of the policy adoption or uniform policy modification at least sixty (60) days prior to the effective date of the new or revised policy.  Each school shall display any uniform selected for a reasonable period prior to the proposed effective date for wearing of the uniform.

 

However, nothing shall prohibit the School Board from requiring a new or revised dress code or uniform policy without the required notice in the event of an emergency.  For the purposes of this policy, emergency shall mean an actual or imminent threat to health or safety which may result in loss of life, injury, or property damage.

 

DRESS AND PERSONAL GROOMING

 

Student dress and grooming are not to adversely affect the students' participation in classes, school programs, other school-related activities or detract from the learning environment of the school.  Extremes in style and fit in student dress and extremes in style of grooming will not be permitted.  Administrators are authorized to use their discretion in determining extremes in styles of dress and grooming and what is appropriate and suitable for school wear.  No student shall wear, possess, use, distribute, display or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, blade, symbols, sign or other things which are evidence of affiliation with drugs, alcohol, violence or gang related activities or exhibits profane or obscene language/gestures.  Policies regarding dress and grooming stress the importance of reducing distractions that inhibit learning and are addressed as an attempt to enhance the learning environment.

 

BODY ARMOR

 

It shall be unlawful and against School Board policy for any student or non-student to wear or possess on his/her person, at any time, body armor on any School Board property, school campus, at a school-sponsored function, on a school bus or other school transportation, or in a firearm-free zone, with limited exception as enumerated in La. Rev. Stat. Ann. 14:95.9.  School-sponsored functions shall include, but not be limited to, athletic competitions, dances, parties, or any extracurricular activities.  A firearm-free zone means any area within one thousand feet of any school campus and within a school bus.

 

Body armor shall mean bullet-resistant metal or other material intended to provide protection from weapons or bodily injury.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORMS

 

The School Board may require students to wear uniforms to school as designated.

 

DRESS CODE

 

Girls

 

  1. Must wear their hair in a standard, acceptable style.  Hair in rollers, curlers, head covering, excessive teasing, in the face, or any style that is detrimental to the girl’s performance or that creates undue distraction from school activities is prohibited.

  2. Dresses, skirts, or shorts worn to school must be of acceptable length.  That length may not be shorter than 5 inches from the floor when in the kneeling position.

  3. Sloppy, unconventional blouses or sweaters shall not be allowed.  Sun dresses, bare midriff, tight dresses, etc., will not be acceptable.  Tee shirts designed as Undergarments are not permitted as outer garments.  Shoes shall be worn, as bare feet are prohibited.

  4. Low neckline or see-through garments are strictly prohibited.  The width of shoulder straps must be at least 3 inches on all clothing.

  5. The use of excessive or unusual cosmetics is prohibited.  A student will not be allowed to wear or to use a hygiene product, cosmetic, or aroma that creates a health problem for a teacher or any other student.

  6. Any unusual dress, jewelry, or ornaments that are deemed distracting are not permissible, including piercings and tattoos.  Body and facial piercings other than the ears are prohibited.  Any writing, symbols, patches, or other means of communications that are suggestive, provocative, obscene, vulgar, political, or antagonistic will not be permitted on clothing.  This includes advertising of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or illicit drugs.

 

Boys

 

  1. Must have their hair combed and well groomed.  Hair shall not be allowed to be in the face or styled in a way that is detrimental to the boy’s performance or that creates undue distraction from school activities.  Any unconventional style or combing will not be acceptable.

  2. Boys shall wear conventional school clothes.  Shoes shall be worn, as bare feet are prohibited.

  3. Shirts must be buttoned up (collar button excluded).  A tee shirt designed as an undergarment and sleeveless shirts are not acceptable.  Any writing, symbols, patches, or other means of communication that are suggestive, provocative, obscene, vulgar, political, or antagonistic will not be permitted on clothing.  This includes advertising of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or illicit drugs.

  4. Facial hair such as beards, mustaches, goatees, etc. shall be groomed and neatly trimmed.

  5. Earrings are prohibited, as well as any other unusual jewelry or ornaments that are deemed to be distracting, including piercings and tattoos.

 

General Dress/Appearance Regulations

 

  1. No caps may be worn, unless required for classroom activities.

  2. School authorities may require or permit certain types of clothing to be worn in special extracurricular activities or in physical education classes.

  3. K-3 students may wear acceptable play clothes but may not wear halter-tops, short skirts, or very short shorts.

  4. Shorts, dresses, tunics, etc., worn by students in grades 4-12 must not be shorter than 5 inches from the floor when in the kneeling position.

  5. No athletic shorts (elastic waistband) may be worn (except during physical education class).  Spandex clothing is forbidden.

  6. Clothing must be worn appropriately at the waistline.

  7. For problems of dress or appearance that are not covered by these regulations, school administrators are authorized to use their discretion in determining what is appropriate and suitable for school wear.

 

DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS

 

Students who violate the dress code shall be disciplined in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

 

A student enrolled in grades prekindergarten through five shall not be suspended or expelled from school or suspended from riding on any school bus for a uniform violation that is not tied to willful disregard of school policies.

 

Revised:  January, 2009 Revised:  September 8, 2015
Revised:  September 13, 2010 Revised:  July 12, 2021

 

 

Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§14:95.9, 17:81, 17:416.7

Scott v. Board of Education, 304 N.Y.S.S. 2d 601 (1969)

Karr v. Schmidt, 460 F. 2d 609 (5th Cir. 1972)

Board minutes, 1-12-09, 9-13-10, 9-8-15, 7-12-21

 

West Carroll Parish School Board