FILE:  JCDB

 

MANDATORY STUDENT DRESS CODE

 

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, along with principals and central office staff, acknowledges that some uniformity in dress and appearance on the part of students should be maintained so that all schools may follow minimum requirements.  It is also felt that guidelines are needed in order that students, parents, teachers, principals, and all other personnel will understand what is expected of them.  Through these guidelines, fewer classroom disruptions by attention-seeking individuals will arise and disciplinary problems brought about by dress and appearance will be at a minimum.

 

School administrators recognize the primary purpose of the schools is to direct the total growth of pupils physically, mentally, and scholastically.  In order to do so, it is necessary to create an atmosphere which is conducive to the learning process.  The School Board feels it is the responsibility of each student to use good judgment in one's total appearance so that the attention of others is not distracted from the purpose of the school.  Safety and hygiene shall be a basic consideration.

 

Any substantial complaint concerning the dress code shall be dealt with by the school administration.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

UNIFORMS

 

Uniforms shall be mandatory in all Pointe Coupee Parish Schools and shall be worn as follows:

 

Elementary School

 

Boys:  Medium tan khaki long uniform pants or knee length uniform shorts with a white or blue knit uniform shirt

 

Girls:  Medium tan khaki long uniform pants, uniform capri pants or knee length uniform shorts, medium tan khaki uniform jumper, medium tan khaki uniform skirt or skort with a white blouse or white or blue knit uniform shirt.  The acceptable length for shorts, skorts, skirts and jumpers is knee length.

 

Note:  Three (3) and four (4) year olds may wear elastic waist pants with no belt.  Belts must be worn for looped pants.

 

High School

 

Boys:  Medium tan khaki long uniform pants or knee length medium khaki uniform shorts.

 

Livonia: 7th and 8th grades

White knit uniform shirt

Livonia: 9th through 12th grades

Green knit uniform shirt

 

Students at Livonia High School, classified as seniors (12th grade homeroom requirement of 17 Carnegie units), have the option of wearing the traditional green knit uniform shirt or a gold knit uniform shirt.

 

Girls:  Medium tan khaki long uniform pants,  uniform capri pants or knee length uniform shorts, medium tan khaki uniform jumper, medium tan khaki uniform skirt or skort.  The acceptable length for shorts, skorts, skirts and jumpers is knee length.

 

Livonia: 7th and 8th grades

White knit uniform shirt

Livonia: 9th through 12th grades

Green knit uniform shirt

 

STEM MAGNET ACADEMY OF POINTE COUPEE COLORS:

 

Boys:  Medium tan khaki long uniform pants or knee length medium khaki uniform shorts, purple uniform shirt, with an orange STEM Academy Logo.

 

Girls:  Medium tan khaki long uniform pants or knee length medium khaki uniform shorts, purple uniform shirt, with an orange STEM Academy Logo.

 

Regulations:

 

  1. Only uniform pants shall be accepted.  No cargo pants, carpenter pants, or any such style with multiple oversized zippered or non-zippered pockets shall be accepted or allowed.

  2. No sagging pants shall be allowed.  If a student wears sagging pants zip ties will be used to secure the pants.

  3. Hip-hugger or low rider pants, shorts, or skirts are not allowed.

  4. Pants, skirts, jumpers, shorts, and skorts shall be of uniform material only.  No corduroy or denim material shall be allowed.  Shirts shall be plain or have the school emblem on them.

  5. Uniform pants, shirts, skirts, shorts, skorts, and jumpers shall be free of designer labels and insignia.

  6. Acceptable uniform brands shall be Dickies, Tom Sawyer, K-12, School Apparel, Becky Thatcher, Academy's No Brand, Wal-Mart, Sears, or JC Penny's.

 

DRESS REQUIREMENTS

 

  1. Footwear shall be worn to school, and students shall wear no-show or ankle-high white socks.  Knee-highs or tights shall be white or uniform colors.  All shoes shall have closed toes and heels. (No backless shoes, sandals, clogs, crocs, flip flops, ballerina, or similar types of shoes are allowed).  Shoes shall be laced and tied.  All Velcro straps shall be secured.  Closed toe and heel athletic shoes or leather loafers are strongly recommended.  Boots are acceptable but can be banned on an individual basis at the discretion of the administration.

  2. All students in 2nd through12th grades shall wear a belt with uniform looped pants.  Waistbands shall be worn on the waist and the pants shall not be more than 2 inches larger that the natural waist size.  Belts should be plain, khaki, white, brown, or black with a buckle no larger than 2" x 2".

  3. The hem of uniform pants, shorts, jumpers, skirts or skorts shall not be cut, split, or unseamed.  Hems shall not be cuffed or folded under.  Uniform pants shall not have side splits or slits.

  4. No exposed midriff or hips shall be allowed.

  5. Uniform clothing shall never be too tight or too loose.  Uniform shirts must be worn buttoned and tucked.  No layered shirt looks shall be allowed.

  6. Clothing and accessories with suggestive statements or symbols are not acceptable.

  7. If an undershirt is worn, it must be white or school colors only and free of writing, pictures, or symbols.

  8. Unprescribed glasses, caps, hats, or hoods are unacceptable on school grounds unless school related.  During extreme weather conditions (cold weather, rainy days, etc.) caps, hats, or hoods may be worn at the discretion of the principal, but can only be worn outdoors.  Caps or hats should be in uniform colors.

  9. Doo-rags, bandanas, or head scarves are unacceptable.

  10. Sideburns can extend to the lobe of the ear.  Beards shall be unacceptable.  Mustaches should be neatly trimmed.  Hair color shall be natural shades (not pink, red, green, blue, etc.).

  11. Boy's hair shall be of a moderate and acceptable length.  Mohawks and hair carvings/art shall be unacceptable.  The hair shall be kept clean, neat and well groomed.  Hair color shall be natural shades (not pink, red, green, blue, etc.)  Bangs shall not extend below the eyebrow.  Hair should not fall past the nape of the neck.  Hair passing the nape of the neck shall be pulled back into a ponytail at all times.

  12. Combs of any kind worn in the hair shall not be acceptable.

  13. Visible, suggestive or offensive tattoos shall be unacceptable for all.

  14. Heavy, over-sized picks, combs, or brushes shall be unacceptable.

  15. Girls shall wear their hair clean, neat, and well groomed.  Hair color shall be in natural shades (not pink, red, green, blue, etc.)

  16. Lip, nose, tongue, eyebrow rings shall be unacceptable for all.  No visible piercing shall be allowed other than earlobes for girls.

  17. Earrings shall be unacceptable for boys.  Excessive amounts of jewelry shall be unacceptable.  Over-sized jewelry shall be prohibited.

  18. Students shall wear coats, jackets, or button/zip down (complete zippers that are from top to bottom) sweaters; the uniform collar shall always be visible.  Sweatshirts and pullovers shall be free of writing and decals except for school logos.  Elementary students shall wear blue or white sweatshirts/pullovers and high school students shall wear green or white, unless a designated school garment is approved by the school's administration.  (Examples: spirit shirts, homecoming shirt/sweatshirts, school sweatshirts, etc.)

  19. Livonia High School Students and Rosenwald 3rd-6th Grade Students ID Badges are part of the school uniform.  It is mandatory that students wear ID badges to school on a daily basis.  Badges shall be visible and worn on the collar of the shirt or directly beneath the collar point.  Students shall be issued ID badges at no cost; however, if a badge is lost or misplaced, there will be a charge for every additional badge issued.

  20. Clear or mesh book bags are preferred.

 

Students attending Summer School Programs (TANF, 21st Century, and Credit Recovery) shall be required to wear school uniforms.

 

The principal may exercise discretionary authority in the interpretation of the aforementioned rules, and anything else which necessitates judgment as to what is and is not proper dress.

 

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.

 

Approved:  December, 7, 1976 Revised:  December, 2008
Revised:  April, 1983 Revised:  May, 2009
Revised:  October, 1990 Revised:  September 23, 2010
Revised:  July, 1997 Revised:  October 28, 2010
Revised:  July, 1998 Revised:  November 18, 2010
Revised:  November, 1998 Revised:  July 25, 2013
Revised:  March, 1999 Revised:  October, 2013
Revised:  March, 2004 Revised:  July 24, 2014
Revised:  April, 2004 Revised:  September 24, 2015
Revised:  July, 2004 Revised:  April 28, 2016
Revised:  January, 2007 Revised:  July 28, 2016
Revised:  January, 2008  

 

 

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, 8-16-72, 8-23-90, 7-24-97, 5-22-98, 11-19-98, 3-25-99, 7-22-04, 4-28-05, 7-26-07, 5-28-08, 9-23-10, 10-28-10, 11-18-10, 7-25-13, 7-24-14, 9-24-15, 4-28-16, 7-28-16

 

Pointe Coupee Parish School Board