District Dress Code
The purpose of a dress code is to promote a serious academic atmosphere and assure the physical and emotional safety of every individual. A student’s clothing and decoration should not detract from the educational process. Clothing cannot be worn at school that endorses or promotes (including but not limited to): inappropriate, vulgar language or slurs, or inappropriate images, offensive symbols used to intimidate or harass or includes hate messages or promotes violence such as guns or weapon, tobacco, alcohol or drug use, and gang symbols, signs and colors.
Clothing must cover the torso, chest, belly, cleavage and under garments. Tops must have straps across the shoulders (no strapless or single strap tops or dresses). Shorts and skirts must cover mid-thigh.
In cooperation with teachers, students and parents/guardians, the principal or designee shall establish school rules governing student dress and grooming which are consistent with law, Governing Board policy and administrative regulations.
Students are allowed to wear sun-protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day. In addition, the following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:
1. For safety reasons, students must wear appropriate safety shoes (i.e. vocational education classes, P.E. and farm work) during those class times. No shoes or boots with steel toes, and roller shoes will be allowed at school. Students are encouraged to use good taste when selecting and wearing backless sandals and “flip-flops” while attending school. Bedroom slippers are not allowed.
2. Clothing, jewelry, and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice. Suspenders are to be worn properly or not at all. Earrings shall only be worn on the ear. No oversized earrings that stretch the earlobe (commonly known as plugs) may be worn by students at school or at school related events. No jewelry should be worn that is associated with piercing other body parts. Any kind of jewelry that presents a safety hazard will be disallowed. No chains shall be worn from clothing; on/around any body parts; or person’s effect (i.e. wallets).
3. Hats, caps, and other head coverings may be worn on campus but not in classrooms during regular school hours, except as approved in advance by site administration for isolated cases. Hats or caps must be worn correctly. It is generally advisable, for students who wear hats, to place them in their locker at the beginning of the day and leave them there until the end of the school day. Hairnets, bandanas, and du rags are prohibited.
4. Outer garments shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fish-net fabrics, spandex, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, spaghetti-strap tops, tank tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited. No shirt or top shall be cut so low at the neck that any of the chest area be revealed inappropriately.
Long, baggy shorts are not allowed. Shorts and skirts will be measured when needed: no shorter than mid-thigh.
5. Gym shorts are approved apparel for Physical Education classes only. Laton High may lend students, who forget to bring appropriate P.E. attire, standardized gear. Grades for participating in a physical education class shall not be adversely affected if the student does not wear standardized physical education apparel because of circumstances beyond the student's control.
6. Student grooming and appearance contributes to either a positive or negative learning climate. Laton High School encourages students to use discretion when selecting a hair color change including natural hair colors and partial sections of temporary colors.
7. Many students wear corrective glasses and contact lenses. Clear glasses must be worn indoors on campus. Contact lenses should be prescribed by a doctor with natural colors and shapes.
8. Tattoos are discouraged whether temporary or permanent. Tattoos of any kind, which in the administration’s opinion, reflect gang affiliation or promote drug, alcohol or tobacco use are prohibited to the extent such exclusion is reasonable. Students with permanent tattoos, which express gang affiliation, may be directed to cover such tattoos within reason.
9. The Board prohibits students wearing or displaying “gang attire/color”. A gang is a group of associating individuals or close friends or family with identifiable leadership and collective frequent and deliberate involvement in illegal activities and/or violations of school policies and procedures. Anything symbolic of gang affiliation is strictly forbidden and is prohibited by Laton Unified School District for safety reasons. Administrators may exercise discretion when determining whether “gang attire/color” is being displayed. The administrator will consider colors (i.e. red attire, red shoelaces), logos (i.e. bulldogs and other dogs), and quantity (i.e. solid portions of a shirt, primary portion in a pattern in pants or dress) when determining whether a student is displaying gang attire. Any Garment that is more than 50% red is a violation of the gang color prohibition.
10. Pants must be of appropriate waist size and length. If waist size is so large that a belt keeps the pants from falling off, then those pants violate the dress code. Pant legs shall not exceed 3 inches and should be of appropriate length. Yoga pants should be accompanied by a top that covers to mid-thigh.
11. Sleepwear such as pajamas (tops and/or bottoms) and slippers are not allowed. Blankets are not allowed.
12. Belts should not exceed five inches in excess length from the belt buckle. Belt buckles must be plain/solid.
A student who violates these standards shall be subject to disciplinary action:
First Incident: Parents will be called; student will be instructed to conform to the policy or sent home to change into acceptable clothing. (Students will receive 1 hour after school detention.)
Second Incident: Parents will be called; student will be instructed to conform to the policy or sent home to change into acceptable clothing. (Students will receive 1 hour after school detention.)
Third Incident: The student will be suspended from school for one day.
Fourth Incident: The student will be referred to the Board for possible expulsion.
Coaches and teachers may impose more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports and/or classes.
No grade of a student participating in a physical education class shall be adversely affected if the student does not wear standardized physical education apparel because of circumstances beyond the student’s control.
The principal and staff may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities.