STUDENT DRESS CODE

The policy of the Rapides 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.  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 desires 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 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

Students in Pre-K thru 12th Grade

Boys:

Navy or khaki pants and shorts with button and zippered fronts (no cargo pants/no cargo shorts)

(Pre-K through third grade may wear elastic waist pants and shorts)

Solid white knit shirts with collar or cotton/cotton blend button front shirts with long or short sleeves - school logo(s) are optional

Girls:

Navy or khaki pants, Capri pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, or jumpers with side or zippered fronts (no cargo pants/no cargo shorts)

(Pre-K through third grade may wear elastic waist pants and shorts)

Solid white knit shirts with collar or cotton/cotton blend button front shirts with long or short sleeves - school logo(s) are optional

In each school a committee shall choose no more than two (2) colored knit shirts with collars. These shirts may have a school logo.

Shirts must be long enough to tuck in and remain tucked in at all times.

Only solid white undershirts or camisoles shall be worn under the school uniform shirt.

No jeans will be worn in navy, khaki, or any other color.  Jeans are not a part of the uniform.

Belts will be worn and must be buckled at all times; no part of the belt may be left hanging at anytime.  Belts must be threaded through the loops.

Students may wear any jacket when weather dictates except for trench coats, dusters, knee length starter jackets, or pullover outerwear of any kind.

Students may wear school sweatshirts and school hoodies at the discretion of the Principal.

Students are prohibited from wearing coats in the classroom.  A light sweater or jacket is acceptable.  Hats and hoods are prohibited in the building.

Uniform length:  skirts, skorts, jumpers, and shorts (boys and girls) must be no shorter than four inches above the knee as measured from the back crease of the knee.  The knee-length requirement has been waived for all students in grades Pre-K-3.

Shoes must be worn at all times.  No rubber or foam swim footwear, flip-flops, beach or pool sandals, house shoes, or crocs will be allowed.

There will be no mutilation including tearing, ripping, or cutting of hems, cuffs, sleeves, or body of any of the coordinates.  NO OVER SIZING!  The uniform must be in the correct size to avoid any sagging.

School uniforms are not required at school-sponsored events.

The Superintendent shall decide the number of free dress days available for a school.  The principal will have the authority to designate those free days without the Superintendent’s approval.

 

HAYDEN R. LAWRENCE SCHOOL COLORS ARE: ROYAL BLUE, GOLD, AND WHITE