The Board requires all students to wear clothes that do not disrupt or diminish the educational process or interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching/learning environment. Appropriate dress enhances the educational environment for students and teachers, promotes respectful interactions and decreases unnecessary distractions and/or unwelcomed attention. Ensuring students are appropriately dressed for school is a parental responsibility.
Dress and/or grooming which is not in accord with reasonable standards of health, safety, modesty, decency and/or the parameters set forth in this policy will be deemed inappropriate. Situations involving inappropriate clothing will be resolved on an individual basis by the building Principal or his or her designee.
Any Principal may request the use of specific school dress colors for student clothing in his or her building if there is parental support. In addition, the Board of Education may mandate the wearing of uniforms in any school building, upon a majority vote of the Board.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
The following delineates the types of dress that adhere to the dress code policy. These guidelines apply to both males and females. Although this list is as exhaustive as possible, the Principal or his/her designee is the final authority for judging the appropriateness of a student's appearance.
1. Overall: Clothing, including jewelry, must not bring undue attention to the individual and must not disrupt the educational environment. The following sub-categories are specifically applicable to high school students:
A. PANTS AND BELTS: Pants must be worn around the natural waistline. Pants are to be in good condition with no holes. Under garments must not be visible. Pajama bottoms are not allowed to be worn. Belts must be threaded through all loops and secured around the natural waistline.
B. SHORTS, SKIRTS, DRESSES: Shorts and skirts must be worn around the natural waistline. Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be longer than three inches above the top of the knee. Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be modest fit and in good condition, with no holes.
C. SHIRTS AND TOPS: Shirts and tops must cover the waistline of pants, shorts, and skirts whether they are tucked in or not. No bare midriffs, halter tops, spaghetti tops, one shoulder straps, or tank tops are allowed.
D. SHOES: Shoes must be secured on the feet. No house slippers are allowed.
E. HATS, DU-RAGS, HEAD COVERINGS: All head coverings must be removed immediately upon entry of the building and placed in lockers prior to the beginning of school, unless necessary for verified medical reasons or bona fide religious practice, verified by the Principal or designee. Hoods on garments, including hooded sweatshirts, must be worn down throughout the school day and shall not conceal a personís face.
F. JACKETS: Jackets, must be removed upon entry to the building and placed in lockers prior to the beginning of school.
G. JEWELRY: Jewelry must not be an endangerment to self or others. Spiked jewelry, jewelry that can be snagged or cause injury to self or others cannot be worn in school.
2. Dress Messages: Clothing, including jewelry, must not display works, images, or colors that may be deemed to be offensive, obscene, derogatory, symbolic of gangs, or advertisements for tobacco, alcohol, or other illicit drugs or activities.
3. Jewelry: Jewelry that can be used as a weapon is prohibited.
4. Modest Appearance: Clothing must not be revealing. This would include but is not limited to: bare midriffs, low-cut or see-through tops absent a sleeved t-shirt underneath, short shorts or micro miniskirts, bare backs, spaghetti straps, muscle shirts or any clothing that exposes undergarments.
5. Head and Face Coverings, Outdoor Wear: Clothing shall not conceal a person's face, and the wearing of sunglasses, hats, gloves, outer coats or hoods on garments during the school day is prohibited unless necessary for verified medical reasons or bona fide religious practice, verified by the Principal or designee. Appropriate dress includes ensuring the student shall be warm enough during the school day.
Consequences of Violations
If a student's dress is deemed inappropriate, which includes but is not limited to being out of compliance with school dress colors, if any; distracting; or disruptive to the educational environment by any certificated staff member or contractual agent in a teaching position, the following consequences shall apply:
1. First Offense: Verbal warning to the student with documentation of the same provided to the Principal or designee that the warning was provided. Student shall be loaned appropriate clothing, if available.
Second Offense: Student is sent home to change into or loaned appropriate clothing, if available, and the parent is notified. The student shall be marked absent or tardy for any class time missed.
Third Offense: Student is sent home to change into or loaned appropriate clothing, if available. Parent conference is scheduled with the Principal or designee, and the parent shall provide to the school appropriate clothing to keep at the school for the student's use should further offenses occur. Student receives an in-school suspension in addition to any tardy or absence resulting from being sent home to change.
Subsequent Offenses: Student is required to change into appropriate clothing for the day and receives an out of school suspension for one day.
At the discretion of the Principal or designee, the parent may bring appropriate clothing to school for the student to change into in lieu of sending the student home or loaning the student clothing. The student shall serve in-school suspension until such time as the parent arrives with appropriate clothing.
Teachers shall advise students at the start of the school year as to their classroom policy for making up any missed work or tests due to dress related school absences.
Loaning of Appropriate Clothing
Any clothing loaned to a student must be clean; of a reasonable size given the student's height, weight and build; and otherwise comply with the terms of this policy. Loaned clothing should be returned to the Principal or designee the following day, clean and in good condition.
School Dress Colors
Unless stated otherwise herein, the following procedures shall apply for the purpose of establishment of a dress code in a school building other than when mandated by a majority vote of the Board.
1. Selection of Colors The selection of the school dress colors must be made by majority vote of the student population and limited to two colors readily available in clothing sold at most retail stores, e.g. black, white, blue, yellow, brown, red, green, gray. Any particular school building's dress colors may not reflect known colors associated with local gangs, as identified by the Waukegan Police Department.
2. Submission for Superintendent Approval The Principal shall submit the following information to the Superintendent when requesting approval of school colors:
A. STUDENT INPUT: The method by which students selected and voted for school dress colors, along with the date and outcome of the student vote;
B. PARENT INPUT: The method of determining parental interest in and support for the use of school dress colors and the outcome of that determination, including:
1) The number of parents or legal guardians who participated in the discussion regarding school dress colors;
2) The number of families with students attending the school;
3) The reason(s) given by any parent or legal guardian who is not in support of the use of school dress colors; and
4) The position of the school's PTA, where such an organization exists;
C. RELATIONSHIP TO SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN: Whether the use of school dress colors is a school improvement objective;
D. GANG COLORS: The known local gang colors as reported by the Waukegan Police Department and the date of the information received; and
E. NOTICE OF OUTCOME: The proposed method for notifying students and parents of the school dress colors, if approved.
3. Superintendent Approval
A. INCOMPLETE SUBMISSIONS: The Superintendent shall return without consideration any request for school dress colors that is not submitted with the information noted above. The Principal shall be notified of the missing information and provided an opportunity to resubmit a complete request.
B. NOTIFICATION OF DECISION: The Superintendent may approve, conditionally approve, or deny a request for school dress colors and shall provide written notice to the Principal of his or her decision regarding the request for recognition of school dress colors within a reasonable time of its submission. Any request that is conditionally approved shall state the basis of the conditional approval and the actions necessary to obtain approval. Any request that is denied shall state the reasons for the denial. However, the Superintendent shall not deny any request for school dress colors recognition that is documented to be supported by at least two thirds (2/3) of the parents or legal guardians with students attending the school unless the selected school colors present a safety risk.
C. APPEAL: Should the Superintendent deny a request for school dress colors, the decision may be appealed to the Board, provided that a request for submission of an appeal is made to the Principal by a majority of the parents or legal guardians with students attending the school. The request for appeal must be supported by a petition evidencing individual parent or legal guardian signatures.
4. Notification of School Dress Colors: The Principal shall notify the school's students and parents of the outcome of the request for recognition of school dress colors. If approved, the Principal also shall ensure that the school dress colors are posted on the District's website. The Superintendent shall advise the Board of each request for school dress colors and the outcome of the request.
5. Implementation: These procedures apply to the implementation of school dress colors or school uniforms in any school building, whether elected by a majority of the parents in the school building or mandated by the Board.
A. INITIAL ADOPTION OR CHANGE IN DRESS COLORS: When a school first adopts or changes school dress colors or the requirement of a mandatory school uniform, in accordance with the procedures set forth in this policy, the change in dress expectations shall go into effect at the start of the following school year.
B. OUT-OF-DISTRICT TRANSFER STUDENTS: Students who transfer from outside of the District during the school year or within 14 days of the start of the school year shall be given 30 calendar days to comply with the school dress color or school uniform expectations of their assigned school, if any.
C. IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER STUDENTS:
1) VOLUNTARY TRANSFERS: Students whose parents request and are granted a voluntary transfer within the District shall be given 7 calendar days to comply with the school dress colors or school uniform at the school to which the student is transferred, provided that they differ from the transferring school.
2) INVOLUNTARY TRANSFERS: Students who are involuntarily transferred within the District to a school with school dress colors or a school uniform already in place shall be given 30 calendar days to comply with the school dress colors at the school to which the student is transferred, provided that they differ from the transferring school.
D. OTHER: Assistance in complying with school dress colors or mandatory school uniform may be provided for students qualifying for school fee waivers or who, for other good cause, are unable to meet the school dress color/uniform expectations. A request for such assistance should be made to the Principal of the school to which the student is assigned. A denial of assistance by the Principal may be appealed in writing to the Superintendent or his/her designee, whose decision shall be final.