Dress Code Policy

DAVID THIBODAUX STEM MAGNET ACADEMY

DRESS CODE GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS

In accordance with RS 17:416.7, the Lafayette Parish School Board has adopted a standard code of dress as described below. The guidelines set forth are designed to:

● Promote school safety

● Minimize distractions and disruptions based on personal appearance, grooming, hygiene, and attire

● Prevent clothing, jewelry and general appearance that constitute a health or safety hazard

Prevent clothing styles that are suggestive, indecent or inappropriately fitted

● Foster an attitude of respect for authority, improve morale and prepare students to enter a work force that often has rules regarding dress, conduct and appearance

When it is determined that a student’s clothing does not comply with the dress code, a parent/guardian may be asked to bring an appropriate change of clothes to school. In addition, the student may also receive a disciplinary consequence for violating the school’s dress code policy.

VERIFY UNIFORMS THROUGH A SCHOOL OFFICAL

Parents should not rely on stores for information regarding Lafayette Parish uniforms. Parents should call their school or the Lafayette Parish School System Central Office for information before buying uniforms.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

A. FIT: A student’s clothing should not be excessively tight or excessively large. Parents should buy clothing that fits appropriately and can be worn without exposing undergarments. Clothing should have no exaggerated fit which would promote sagging. Clothes so small that mid-drifts are exposed is not allowed. The Principal or designee’s determination as to whether or not clothing is appropriate to the student’s body size shall be determinative and final.

B. STYLE: A student’s clothing should be free from holes, frayed edges, or tears. They should not be see through and pants/shorts cannot be rolled.

C. CONTENT: No clothing should contain anything that would be offensive in nature to any population of students. Clothing may not promote anything prohibited by LPSS discipline policy (tobacco, alcohol, drugs, violence, and sex).

D. SCHOOL SPIRIT: All clothing worn must represent the school the student is enrolled in and attending. School spirit shirts, which are any club or sport shirt, can be worn on Fridays. Students may not wear clothing from any other public, private or parochial school. University or professional sports teams may be worn.

E. RESPECT OF THE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT: Although we recognize the inherent desire of young people to express themselves through clothing and grooming, we must insist that students respect the educational environment. We will not permit any persistently distracting clothing or grooming regardless if it is specified precisely within the guidelines below. The final decision of all dress regulations resides with the Principal.

CLOTHING

Middle school

● Shirts: Students can also wear ANY DTSMA shirt on a daily basis. Logo shirts will be available for purchase during orientation. Middle school logo shirts are royal blue and middle school uniform shirts are polo styled shirts in navy blue, red, and white. All shirts must be worn with uniform bottoms.

● Bottoms: Bottoms can be navy or khaki shorts or pants (no elastic hemmed pant legs, leggings, jeggings, joggers or cargo pants allowed).

● Outerwear: Coats, jackets, or hoodies of any color can be worn at DTSMA. Hoods may not be worn in the building. Other K-12 school logos cannot be worn at DTSMA. Coats, jackets, or hoodies cannot have inappropriate language or pictures.

High school

● Shirts: Students can also wear ANY DTSMA shirt on a daily basis. Logo shirts will be available for purchase during orientation. High school logo shirts are black and high school uniform shirts are polo styled shirts in royal blue. All shirts must be worn with uniform bottoms.

● Bottoms: Bottoms can be navy or khaki shorts or pants (no elastic hemmed pant legs, leggings, jeggings, joggers or cargo pants allowed).

● Outerwear: Coats, jackets, or hoodies of any color can be worn at DTSMA. Hoods may not be worn in the building. Other K-12 school logos cannot be worn at DTSMA. Coats, jackets, or hoodies cannot have inappropriate language or pictures.

Middle/High School

● No student is allowed to wear facial piercings or tongue piercings. This includes any piercing above the shoulders that is not on the ears.

● Pants or shorts that are too tight or too short will not be allowed at school. Hair that is not a natural hair color (defined as not naturally occurring on humans) will not be allowed.

Any student violating the dress code rules will be asked to fix the issue by calling home. If this is not possible, the student will go to In-School Suspension until the issue is resolved.

SHOES

A. STYLE: Closed toe and closed back shoes must be worn at all times. No slippers allowed.

OUTER WEAR

A. FIT: All outerwear must be of reasonable fit.

B. STYLE: Sweatshirts, jackets and coats can have hoods but the hood may not be worn in the building.

HEADWEAR

A. Hats, caps, sweat bands, earmuffs and bandannas are not allowed.

B. Knits caps may be worn outside only in extremely cold weather.


GROOMING

HAIR AND FACIAL HAIR

A. COLOR:

Unnatural hair colors are not allowed. (Unnatural is defined as not naturally occurring on people.)

B. STYLE:

All DTSMA Students: Extremes in hair styles that are deemed distracting to the learning environment are not permitted.

JEWELRY

DTSMA: No visible piercings other than in the ears. Jewelry may be asked to be removed when safety is a concern.

BODY DECORATIONS

MIDDLE SCHOOL: 6th – 8th GRADE: No artificial nails, painted faces or other distracting makeup.

ALL LEVELS: Tattoos that are offensive or vulgar in nature will have to be covered at all times.

BOOK BAGS

A. COLOR:

Middle School and High School: Mesh or clear

B. STYLE:

Schools may prohibit backpacks with wheels due to safety reasons. Approved extracurricular bags must be stowed in assigned area as designated by each school.

IDENTIFICATION

School ID’s must be displayed at all times while on campus. They must be worn on a lanyard around the neck or clipped to the shirt collar. Temporary ID’s can be purchased in the concession area before school. ID’s that are defaced or damaged must be replaced.

EMBLEMS AND INSIGNIA

Any combination of clothing and jewelry that law enforcement agencies currently consider gang-related are not permitted. Discriminatory, obscene or drug/alcohol related emblems, insignia, jewelry, signs, speech or literature that is discriminatory, inflammatory or derogatory toward any sex, race, nationality, creed, political or philosophical group, is obscene or contains profanity, or makes reference to drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco are not permitted.

ENFORCEMENT AND EXCEPTIONS TO THE STUDENT DRESS CODE

Principal’s Discretion to Make Uniform Exceptions

● Principals may declare spirit days and allow students to wear school spirit shirts, or dress-up days (such as when school pictures are scheduled). Principals may determine guidelines for belts and the tucking of shirts.

● Belts must be worn by all students.

● Principals may also allow students to wear other uniforms such as Boy Scout, Girl Scout, band, chorus, etc. Other questions about uniforms should be referred first to the school principal. Special dress days are not to be used as school fundraisers.

Exceptions for Religious Reasons

Requests for religious exceptions to the dress code must be made to the Office of Child Welfare and Attendance, who will explore the basis for the exception and determine if the exception is warranted. An individual requesting an exception bears the burden of demonstrating the following:

● The individual has a legitimate religious belief that conflicts with the Lafayette Parish School System student dress code.

● The dress or grooming of the student is a documented expression of his or her religious belief.

● The dress or grooming beliefs are rooted in religion and required by his or her religious practice.

● The individual has a sincerely held belief that enforcement of the student dress code will have a coercive effect that will operate to prevent his or her exercise of those religious beliefs.

Any student requesting an exception from the student uniform dress code for religious reasons must produce to the Office of Child Welfare and Attendance documentation establishing the legitimate existence of the religion and evidence of the grooming or dress as rooted in religion and as necessary while in school. The Office of Child Welfare and Attendance may deny a request if, in his or her judgment, the requested exception poses a danger to the student requesting the exception or to any student attending school in the system. All requests for exceptions must be made prior to any actions that would otherwise be a violation of the student uniform dress code.

Final Judgment Resides with the Principal

The Principal will make the final decision if the clothing, hair, jewelry and general appearance of a student meet the Lafayette Parish School System’s school uniform and appearance guidelines explained above.

Violation of Dress Code Policy:

Any student who violates the student dress code will be subject to school disciplinary action.

Appeals and/or clarification regarding the discipline of a student for improper dress code should be directed to the school principal or designee.