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Guidelines for Uniformity of Color

Dress and Grooming Policy # 5511

A safe and disciplined learning environment is vital to a student’s education. It has been documented that young people who feel safe and secure and who understand the essentials of good citizenship can become more successful students. It is the belief of the Lake Ridge Board of School Trustees that requiring uniformity of color in dress will help create a more positive educational environment, free of the distractions that lead to various discipline problems. Uniformity of color in dress can also…

  • Help parents and student resist peer pressure,
  • Reduce gang influence,
  • Enable students to concentrate on their school work,
  • Promote self esteem, and
  • Reduce clothing expense.

It is the responsibility of parents to have their child dressed appropriately for school. We believe that good grooming and proper attire have a positive effect on one’s ability to learn. Dress guidelines are subject to change/revision with School Board approval. These guidelines are not all-inclusive. Attire that is determined to be dangerous or disruptive to the learning process will not be permitted. The school reserves the right to make this determination.

General Guidelines

  • All clothing must be of appropriate size and fit neatly.
  • No writing or logos are permitted except manufacturers’ logos which must be no more than approximately 2”X2”. Lake Ridge Schools logos (individual school or district) are exempt.
  • Outer garments which include coats, jackets, and hoodies are not acceptable dress in the building during the school day and must be left in lockers or assigned areas.
  • Hats, caps, scarves, gloves, sweatbands, or sunglasses are not permitted to be worn in the building.
    No chains (non-jewelry) or chain wallets or belts, studded bracelets or collars
  • Clothing that is intentionally distressed or has holes or rips is not to be worn.
  • Articles of apparel, clothing or accessories that present a hazard to the individual, other people, or property will not be permitted.
  • Individual schools will determine “spirit days” as deemed appropriate for each school.
  • Dress guidelines are subject to change/revision as administration deems necessary.
  • School administrators may determine if a student is meeting the Dress and Grooming Policy #5511 Guidelines.

Shirts/Blouses/Tops

  • Tops must be solid red, white, or black and have sleeves.
  • No writing or logos are permitted except manufacturers’ logos which must be no more than approximately 2”X2”.

Lake Ridge Schools logos (individual school or district) are exempt.

  • All tops must be of an appropriate size and fit; no form-fitting or long, baggy shirts will be permitted. Tops must not expose cleavage.
  • Any material that is sheer or lightweight enough to be seen through will not be permitted.
  • Layering of tops must be red, white, or black.
  • Shirts, tops, or blouses may be worn without tucking in provided they do not hang below the hip pockets.

Sweaters/Sweatshirts

  • Solid cardigan (button or zip), crew neck sweaters, pullovers and sweatshirts without hoods are permitted in

red, white, or black. Hoods will not be permitted on any garment.

  • No writing or logos are permitted except manufacturers’ logos which must be no more than approximately 2”X2”.

Lake Ridge Schools logos (individual school or district) are exempt.

Pants/Slacks/Shorts/Capris/Skorts/Skirts/Jumpers/Dresses

  • Must be solid khaki or black. No black or khaki jeans.
  • Bottoms made of stretch knits, swish/nylon, spandex, denim, sweatpants, jogging or pajama pants, or any type of athletic clothing are not permitted. Corduroy is acceptable.
  • Athletes/cheerleaders who wear their team tops on game/spirit days may not wear team athletic bottoms. Bottoms must be regulation uniformity of color khaki or black.
  • Pants with belt loops must have a belt.
  • Shorts, skirts and skorts must be no shorter than 3” above the knee.
  • Pants/slacks must be free of excessive zippers and excessive pockets (no hip huggers or low rise).
  • Baggy, saggy, long, or form-fitting pants are not permitted.
  • Leggings or tights may be worn as undergarments only in solid uniform colors (red, white, khaki, or black).

Shoes

  • Footwear worn during school hours must be dark or white but may have a minor second color.
  • Shoes must be tied or velcro closures must be secured as designed.
  • Stilettos, “heelies,” flip-flops, clogs, house shoes/slippers, or any shoe that is worn backless or without a back strap will not be permitted. Sandals with back straps are acceptable.

Consequences

Students will be required to dress in the appropriate clothing as designated by the Uniformity of Color Policy. Failure to follow the policy will result in the student being disciplined for insubordination by not following school rules. The discipline will be progressive in nature and become more severe if the student continues to violate the uniformity of color policy.

Updated: June, 2011

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