Dress Policy

STUDENT DRESS CODE

Adopted:    July  1,1982
Reviewed:  May 17, 2004
Revised:     April 13, 1995, June 9, 1999, September 2, 1999, April 14, 2005
Reference:  Scott v. Board of Education
304 N.Y.S. 2d601 (1969); LA R.S. 14:416.7 (1997)

The Vermilion Parish School Board has set forth the following guidelines for grades Pre-K through 12 concerning mandatory uniforms, student dress, and appearance. These guidelines seek to foster an environment which promotes respect for authority, increased safety for students and staff, and preparation for students to enter into the workforce.

The final decision as to the appropriateness of attire and appearance will be made by the principal. Therefore, prior to purchasing a particular style of attire which is neither specifically approved nor specifically prohibited in these guidelines, contact the principal’s office of the school where your child attends in order to ensure that the particular style of attire you plan to purchase meets the approval of the school’s principal. Any student who violates the dress code will be subject to disciplinary action.

I. Guidelines for Student Uniforms (Grades Pre-K - 12)

Students who transfer into Vermilion Parish will be allowed two weeks to purchase uniforms and comply with the policy.
The principal may designate certain days throughout the year as school spirit days celebrating school sports or school sponsored days when a spirit or club shirt may be worn with the mandatory uniform bottom or jeans.
On special occasion days such as Parish Government Day, Elocution Contest, etc. the school uniform does not have to be worn, but the clothing must meet the approval of the principal and the guidelines for student dress.
 

A. Pants
1. Color must be designated medium khaki or navy.
2. Pants may have pleats or straight fronts. Denim, corduroy, or blue jean material is not allowed.
3. All pants must have belt loops except Pre-K and Kindergarten students who may wear pull-on pants.
4. Only inset pockets are allowed. No pockets are allowed on legs.
5. Pants cannot be worn lower than the top of the hipbone.
6. No emblems, monograms, or contrasting stitching are allowed.
7. Slabbing, baggy pants, distressed jeans, capri, knickers, biker pants, leggings, bell bottoms, patch pockets, hip huggers, low riders, bottom slits, or boxers are prohibited.

B. Shorts
1. Color must be designated medium khaki or navy.
2. Shorts may have pleats or straight fronts. Denim, corduroy, or blue jean material is not allowed.
3. All shorts must have belt loops except Pre-K and Kindergarten students who may wear pull-on shorts.
4. Only inset pockets are allowed. No pockets are allowed on legs.
5. Shorts cannot be worn lower than the top of the hipbone.
 

6. Length must not exceed six inches above the floor when in a kneeling position nor two inches below the top of the knee when in a standing position.
7. No emblems, monograms, or contrasting stitching are allowed.

C. Skorts
1. Color must be designated medium khaki or navy.
2. Skorts may be pleated or straight. Denim, corduroy, or blue jean material is not allowed.
3. Skorts cannot be worn lower than the top of the hipbone.
4. Length must not exceed six inches above the floor when in a kneeling position nor two inches below the top of the knee when in a standing position.
5. No emblems, monograms, or contrasting stitching are allowed.
 

D. Skirts
1. Color must be designated medium khaki or navy.
2. Skirts may be pleated, straight, or A-line. Denim, corduroy, or blue jean material is not allowed.
3. Length must not exceed six inches above the floor when in a kneeling position, but skirts may be worn to the ankle.
4. Any color shorts may be worn under skirts as long as the shorts are not visible.
5. No emblems, monograms, or contrasting stitching are allowed.
 

E. Jumpers
1. Color must be designated medium khaki or navy.
2. Jumpers may be pleated, straight or bib. Denim, corduroy, or blue jean material is not allowed.
3. Length must not exceed six inches above the floor when in a kneeling position, but jumpers may be worn to the ankle.
4. Uniform shirts must be worn under the jumper.
5. Any color shorts may be worn under jumpers as long as the shorts are not visible.
6. No emblems, monograms, or contrasting stitching are allowed.

F. Shirts
1. Color must be navy, white, red or black. Black shirts can only be worn with designated medium khaki.
2. Shirts are to be polo style (short or long sleeve) with 2 or 3 buttons and a collar or oxford type (short or long sleeve). Denim, corduroy, or blue jean material is not allowed.
3. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
4. No emblems, monograms, or contrasting stitching are allowed.

G. Undershirts
1. Color must be solid navy, white, red, or black.
2. Undershirt must be tucked into the uniform bottom.

H. Sweatshirts
1. Color must be solid navy, white, red, or black.
2. No emblems, monograms, or contrasting stitching are allowed except for logos/emblems approved by school.
3. Sweatshirts may be worn over polo or oxford during cold weather. It may be worn out of the pants.
 

I. Belts
1. Color must be black, brown, or navy.
2. Belts must be worn at all times in grades 1-12. The entire belt must be worn within the loops.
 

J. Tights/Socks/Stockings
1. Color must be navy, khaki, white, or flesh toned.
2. Socks must be worn at all times except when wearing tights or stockings.
3. No emblems, monograms, or contrasting stitching are allowed.

II. Guideline for Student Dress and Appearance (Grades Pre-K – 12)

Any clothing or apparel that is unsafe, dangerous, and distracting to the educational process or a health hazard is unacceptable.

A. Tops - See-through, tight fitting, or that which exposes the mid-section are prohibited. This shall include, but not be limited to halter tops, crop tops, tank tops, sun dresses, spaghetti straps, noodle straps, and mesh tops, etc.
B. Pants - Slabbing, baggy pants, distressed jeans, capri, knickers, biker pants, leggings, bell bottoms, patch pocket, hip huggers, low riders, bottom slits, or boxers are prohibited.
C. Emblems and/or insignias - The promotion of profanity, obscenity, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gang, wrestling related symbols, or hate type slogans, etc. are prohibited.
D. Shoes - Flip-flops, slippers, thongs, backless shoes, and beach shoes are not permitted. Shoes requiring laces must have the laces, and they must be kept tied. Any other shoes deemed unsafe by the administration are also prohibited. Shoes are required to have a full back.
E. Headdress - Hats, caps, wave caps, hoods, or any other headdress worn in school buildings during the school day are prohibited.
F. Sunglasses - Non-prescriptive sunglasses may not be worn on school campuses during the school day.
G. Tattoos - Inappropriate visible tattoos are prohibited.
H. Hair - Extremes in hair style or color are prohibited. Hair should be clean and well groomed. Facial hair should be neatly groomed.
I. Jewelry - Spiked choke collars, chains on pants, occult type jewelry, or anything distracting to the educational process are prohibited. Earrings are allowed in the ears only. However, distracting or dangling earrings are not allowed. No visible body piercing jewelry is allowed anywhere on the body.

 

III. Guidelines for Non-Compliance
Failure to comply with the guidelines for dress, appearance, or uniforms will result in parental contact by the school. Further non-compliance may result in one or all of the following: in-school suspension or suspension from school.

 

NOTE: Items in bold (except for titles) are changes to the dress code.