Student Handbook

Dress Code

Dress Code

                                Dress Code

(Brd. Pol. #5511)

What is the dress code for the school?

  Any fashion (dress, accessory, or hairstyle) that disrupts the educational process or presents a safety risk will not be permitted.

=         Clothing and grooming should communicate positive messages only – alcohol/drugs, profanity, sexual suggestion, or anything that we could interpret as such is not allowed in school or at school events.

=         Clothing and grooming should be school appropriate and in good taste – anything that might detract from an educational environment will not be allowed in school or at school events, including sagging pants and pajamas.

=         All types of headgear should be removed while in the building unless for religious reasons – we will confiscate property until the end of the school year.

=         Students will comply with special dress required in certain classes (e.g. physical education/swimming).

=         Students will not wear house shoes while at school.  Flip flops and other flimsy footwear are not to be worn at school – safety is our major concern.

=         Students who are representing the School at an official function or public event may be required to follow specific dress requirements.  Usually, this applies to athletic teams, cheerleaders, bands, and other such groups.

=         The building administration reserves the right to determine what appropriate dress is.

=         Appropriate sized pants and belts are to be worn.

=         Jeans with holes are not permitted.

=         Appropriate ripped jeans not revealing skin are acceptable.

What is considered appropriate dress?

 

Students should consider the following questions when dressing for school:

  • Does my clothing expose too much?  (No)
  • Does my clothing advertise something that is prohibited to minors?  (No)
  • Are there obscene, profane, drug-related, gang-related, or inflammatory messages on my clothing?  (No)
  • Am I dressed appropriately for the weather?  (Yes)
  • Do I feel comfortable with my appearance?  (Yes)

Cell Phone Policy

Cell Phone Policy

Personal Communication Devices (PCDs)

(Brd. Pol. #5136)

Students may use personal communication devices (PCDs) before and after school, during after school activities (e.g., extra-curricular activities) at school-related functions. Use of PCDs, except those approved by a teacher or administrator, at any other time is prohibited and they must be powered completely off (i.e., not just placed into vibrate or silent mode) and stored out of sight.

Personal communication devices include computers, tablets, electronic readers, mobile telephones and similar devices of any type. Students may not use PCDs on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/or view internet web sites that are otherwise blocked to students at school, or on a school bus or Board-provided vehicle during school-sponsored activities, at the discretion of the bus driver, classroom teacher sponsor/advisor/coach. Distracting behavior that creates an unsafe environment will not be tolerated.

Also, during after school activities, PCDs shall be powered completely off (not just placed into vibrate or silent mode) and stored out of sight when directed by the administrator or sponsor.

Except as authorized by a teacher, administrator or IEP team, students are prohibited from using PCDs during the school day, including while off-campus on a field trip, to capture, record and/or transmit the words or sounds (i.e., audio) and/or images (i.e., pictures/video) of any student, staff member or other person. Using a PCD to capture, record and/or transmit audio and/or pictures/video of an individual without proper consent is considered an invasion of privacy and is not permitted. Students who violate this provision and/or use a PCD to violate the privacy rights of another person may have their PCD confiscated and held until the end of the school day or a parent/guardian picks it up, and may be directed to delete the audio and/or picture/video file. If the violation involves potentially illegal activity the confiscated-PCD may be turned over to law enforcement.

PCDs, including but not limited to those with cameras, may not be activated or utilized at any time in any school situation where a reasonable expectation of personal privacy exists. These locations and circumstances include, but are not limited to, classrooms, gymnasiums, locker rooms, shower facilities, restrooms, and any other areas where students or others may change clothes or be in any stage or degree of disrobing or changing clothes. The Superintendent and building principals are authorized to determine other specific locations and situations where use of a PCD is prohibited.

Students shall have no expectation of confidentiality with respect to their use of PCDs on school premises/property.

Students may not use a PCD in any way that might reasonably create in the mind of another person an impression of being threatened, humiliated, harassed, embarrassed or intimidated. In particular, students are prohibited from using PCDs to: (1) transmit material that is threatening, obscene, disruptive, or sexually explicit or that can be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based upon their race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, or political beliefs; and (2) engage in "sexting" - i.e., sending, receiving, sharing, viewing, or possessing pictures, text messages, e-mails or other materials of a sexual nature in electronic or any other form. Violation of these prohibitions shall result in disciplinary action. Furthermore, such actions will be reported to local law enforcement and child services as required by law.

Students are also prohibited from using a PCD to capture, record, and/or transmit test information or any other information in a manner constituting fraud, theft, cheating, or academic dishonesty. Likewise, students are prohibited from using PCDs to receive such information.

Possession of a PCD by a student at school during school hours and/or during extra-curricular activities is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy, or otherwise abuses this privilege.

Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action and/or confiscation of the PCD. The building principal will also refer the matter to law enforcement or child services if the violation involves an illegal activity (e.g., child pornography, sexting). Discipline will be imposed on an escalating scale ranging from a warning to an expulsion based on the number of previous violations and/or the nature of or circumstances surrounding a particular violation. If the PCD is confiscated, it will be released/returned to the student's parent/guardian after the student complies with any other disciplinary consequences that are imposed, unless the violation involves potentially illegal activity in which case the PCD may be turned-over to law enforcement. School officials will not search or otherwise tamper with PCDs in District custody unless they reasonably suspect that the search is required to discover evidence of a violation of the law or other school rules. If multiple offenses occur, a student may lose his/her privilege to bring a PCD to school for a designated length of time or on a permanent basis.

A person who discovers a student using a PCD in violation of this policy is required to report the violation to the building principal.

Students are personally and solely responsible for the care and security of their PCDs. The Board assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to, or misuse or unauthorized use of, PCDs brought onto its property.

Parents/Guardians are advised that the best way to get in touch with their child during the school day is by calling the school office.

Students may use school phones to contact parents/guardians during the school day.

 

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