LaSalle Parish Student Dress Code

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STUDENT DRESS CODE

 

The dress and grooming of LaSalle Parish School Board students shall be neat and clean, promoting a positive, safe educational environment.  Apparel that disrupts educational activities and processes of the school, including extra-curricular activities, will result in the removal of the student from the regular school environment until acceptable apparel can be secured for the student.  The administration will be the final judge of whether a student's clothing is appropriate for school.  Principals, faculty, and staff members will enforce the dress code.

 

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. 

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES GRADES PRE-K THROUGH FIVE (5)

  1. All shirts and blouses must cover the midriff, back, sides, chest, and all undergarments.  Blouses/shirts which are not appropriate for school include those which are low-cut, see-through, backless, halter tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps, and tank tops.
     

  2. Shirts worn by boys must have sleeves.
     

  3. All clothing must be hemmed.
     

  4. Shorts, skirts, skorts, and dresses shall not be too tight or too short.
     

  5.  All trousers, pants, or shorts must be size appropriate, worn at the waist, and cover undergarments, including boxer shorts.  No chains allowed on pants.
     

  6. All clothing, jewelry, accessories, and personal items shall be free of the following:  profanity; violent images, wording or suggestion; sexually suggestive phrases or images; gang related symbols; alcohol, tobacco, drugs or advertisements for such products; and anything else disruptive to the educational process or learning environment.  Only chains purchased and suitable as jewelry are allowed.
     

  7. Extremely tight fitting clothing is not allowed.
     

  8. Clothing not properly buttoned, zipped, fastened, or with holes or tears shall not be allowed.  Length of trousers shall not be dragging the floor.
     

  9. Hats, caps, head covers, scarves, head rags, "do-rags", stocking caps, combs, picks, and head or wrist bands are not permitted.
     

  10. Safe and appropriate footwear must be worn.  Inappropriate footwear includes, but is not limited to:  cleated shoes, skates, skate shoes, bedroom slippers, steel toed boots, and rubber flip flops.
     

  11. Students’ hair must be groomed in such a manner that it will not draw undue attention and/or distract from the educational process.  Hair must be kept neat, clean, and with no disruptive styles or colors.
     

  12. Sunglasses and shades are not allowed at school.
     

  13. Boys are not allowed to wear earrings.  Nose, facial, and/or other forms of body piercing are not allowed for anyone.
     

  14. The display of tattoos is prohibited; tattoos must remain covered when possible. Tattoos which reflect any of the items noted in number 6 above must be covered.
     

  15. The display of body piercing is prohibited with the exception of ear piercing for females.

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES GRADES SIX (6) THROUGH TWELVE (12)

 

  1. All shirts and blouses must cover the midriff (while sitting and arms raised), back, sides, chest, and all undergarments.  Blouses/shirts which are not appropriate for school include those which are low-cut, see-through, backless, halter tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps, and tank tops.
     

  2. All shirts, tops and dresses shall cover the shoulders.
     

  3. Shirts worn by boys must have sleeves and must be tucked in with a belt visible.
     

  4. All clothing must be hemmed.
     

  5. Shorts must be no shorter than six (6) inches above the knee.  Skirts, divided skirts, dresses and culottes can only be four (4) inches above the knee.  These garments will be measured with students kneeling. No gym shorts allowed except during P.E. time.
     

  6. All trousers, pants, or shorts must be size appropriate, worn at the waist, am cover undergarments, including boxer shorts.  No chains allowed on pants.
     

  7. All clothing, jewelry, accessories, and personal items shall be free of the following: profanity; violent images, wording or suggestion; sexually suggestive phrases or images; gang related symbols; alcohol, tobacco, drugs or advertisements for such products; and anything else disruptive to the educational process or learning environment.  Only chains purchased and suitable as jewelry are allowed.
     

  8. Clothing not properly buttoned, zipped, fastened, or with holes or tears shall not be allowed.  Length of trousers shall not be dragging the floor.
     

  9. Extremely tight fitting clothing is not allowed.
     

  10. Jogging suits or knit warm-up pants, including windsuits, may be worn only in P.E. classes.
     

  11. Hats, caps, head covers, scarves, head rags, "do-rags", stocking caps, combs, picks, and head or wrist bands are not permitted.
     

  12. Safe and appropriate footwear must be worn.  Inappropriate footwear includes, but is not limited to:  cleated shoes, skates, skate shoes, bedroom slippers, steel toed boots, and rubber flip flops.
     

  13. Trench coats are not allowed.
     

  14. Students’ hair must be groomed in such a manner that it will not draw undue attention and/or distract from the educational process.  Hair must be kept neat, clean, and with no disruptive styles or colors.
     

  15. Sunglasses and shades are not allowed at school.
     

  16. Boys are not allowed to wear earrings.  Nose, facial, and/or other forms of body piercing are not allowed for anyone.
     

  17. Clothing must be safe and appropriate.
     

  18. The display of tattoos is prohibited; tattoos must remain covered when possible.  Tattoos which reflect any of the items noted in number 7 above must be covered.
     

  19. The display of body piercing is prohibited with the exception of ear piercing for females.

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.

 

The School Board shall notify all students of the provisions of this policy.

 

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:  July 14, 2008 Revised:  December, 2013
Revised:  July 13, 2009 Revised:  September 14, 2015
Revised:  April 12, 2010 Revised:  October 5, 2015
Revised:  September 12, 2011  

 

 

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, 5-6-91, 7-14-08, 7-13-09, 4-12-10, 9-12-11, 12-9-13, 9-14-15, 10-5-15

 

LaSalle Parish School Board