Student Dress Code

STUDENT DRESS CODE

No student's appearance, including but not limited to his/her attire, shall be considered proper and acceptable for school if it distracts from, or in any way disrupts, the educational process. The Livingston Parish School Board is responsible for achieving a system wide dress code for appearance and dress among students that will promote the best atmosphere for teaching and learning.

DRESS AND PERSONALGROOMING

It is the responsibility of each student to use good judgment regarding appearance and attire. Cleanliness shall be a basic consideration. Any complaint concerning a student's dress and appearance shall be addressed by the particular school's administration. The principal of the particular school shall make the final decision as to what is considered proper attire and appearance. In the event that health and medical considerations for a particular student require an exception to the Dress Code, the principal of the particular school shall determine that exception and make his/her faculty and staff aware of the exception. 


The following guidelines have been established regarding all student's dress and appearance:

1. Styles of dress and grooming never should be such that they represent a collective or individual protest.

2. Appropriate footwear must be worn to school (no shower shoes, flip-flops).

3. Caps, hats, unprescribed glasses are not permitted.

4. Patches, decorations, slogans, symbols, tags, marks, or advertisements are prohibited. (Examples: beer, cigarettes, drugs, obscene suggestions, sexual connotations, political, etc.)

5. Earrings are allowed for students provided they are not a safety concern or a distraction on campus.

6. Piercings, other than ears, are not permitted. Clear (concise stud only) pierce hole fillers are allowed for nose rings.

7. Jewelry, including earrings, worn during the school day should be a size and dimension that is not a safety concern or a distraction on campus.

8. Hair should be neat, clean, and out of the student’s eyes. Students should have natural hair color. Extreme unnatural colors are not allowed. Sculptured hair styles that include pictures, symbols, letters, numbers, or hair curlers, rollers or excessively teased will not be permitted. Principals have discretion if a hairstyle including accessories interferes with learning.

9. Neatly groomed facial hair is acceptable, including mustaches, beards and goatees.

10. Tattoos that are vulgar, obscene, political, offensive or otherwise disruptive to the school environment are not permitted and must be covered at all times.

11. Foundation garments must be worn.

12. Dress during any period where uniforms are not required, such as special event days, or for transferring students, shall be consistent with the intent and spirit of the School Uniform Dress Code.


SCHOOL UNIFORM DRESS CODE

 The School Board is permitted by state law to adopt dress codes mandating the use of school uniforms. The purpose of the School Uniform Dress Code shall be to provide additional opportunities for increased school safety; to encourage students to experience a greater sense of school identity and belonging; to encourage an improvement in student behavior; and to encourage a high level of program participation.


Grades Pre-Kindergarten - 12:

Note: A color chart for skirts/shorts/slacks/skorts will be displayed to clarify the color range of Khaki.

Shirt:

• Solid color: Navy blue or white.
• Polo: (golf-boxed, hemmed) two, three or four buttons at the top front with collar (Short or Long sleeves) - Elementary students shall be encouraged to tuck in shirts. Middle/Junior High and High school students shall be required to tuck in shirts.
• Oxford/dress shirt (short or long sleeves) Elementary students shall be encouraged to tuck in shirts. Middle/Junior High and High school students shall be required to tuck in shirts.
• Designs, emblems, insignias, monograms and logos are prohibited.
• Under-shirts and t-shirts, if worn must be white, gray or black and can only be worn underneath the standard uniform.
• If applicable, school issued spirit shirt may be worn in place of the uniform polo on designated day set by the principal. Shall not exceed one time per week.

 Pants, Skirts, Shorts, Skorts, Jumpers:
• Solid color: Khaki
• No jean, knit, jegging, stretch, cargo, capri, or cropped styles.
• Appropriate fit: not too loose, not too tight; no sagging.
• Elementary students may have elastic waist pants with or without belt loops (belts are optional, but encouraged).
• Middle/junior/high school students’ pants must have belt loops and a belt is mandatory.
• Must be worn at waistline,
• Skirts should be to top of kneecap.
• Jumpers should be to top of kneecap; not allowed for 9-12.
• Shorts/Skorts: Top of knee to four (4) inches above knee; length cannot be below the knees; length can be cuffed or not cuffed,
• The only logos allowed should be the manufacturer’s label.
• All bottoms must be hemmed.

Belts:
• PK-5: Belts are not required, but encouraged.
• Grades 6-12: Belt required with clothing designed with belt loops, any color, no inappropriate logos or slogans. Belts are to be worn correctly and buckles are not to be excessive size or offensive in design. Studs and spikes are prohibited.

 Socks/ Hose/Tights:
If worn...
• Socks may not have inappropriate or offensive wording or images. Socks above the knee are prohibited.
• Tights/Leggings solid color black, gray, navy blue or white (May only be worn under skirts/dresses/jumpers). Tights must be full length reaching the ankle.

Pullovers:
• Solid Navy blue or White (¾ zip, crew, hoodies, sweaters) are allowed. A pullover cannot be worn in place of shirt nor be so large that it conceals a student’s bottom garment. Designs, emblems, insignias, monograms and logos are prohibited
• Any spirit pullover purchased from the school or a vendor with the school name or logo is acceptable.

Shoes:
• Closed-toe and closed-heel shoes are mandatory (tennis shoes, dress shoes, casual shoes or slip-on shoes or boots).
• Footwear shall not extend above the knee.
• Shoes shall be properly tied or strapped, if applicable.

Coats:
• Coat/jacket/sweater may be worn as long as the uniform shirt collar is revealed under the coat/jacket/sweater (trenchcoats are prohibited)
• Vests/jackets/sweaters/coats that zip/button/snap from top to bottom may be any color and with hood.

 In schools with multiple grade levels, the principal shall be given the opportunity to determine where the breaks would be allowed on these issues (Example: K-12 Maurepas – the principal would have the opportunity to decide where the break would be to determine elementary, middle/junior high, and high school to best adapt to that school’s structure.)

By purchasing from an approved vendor, parents will be certain the uniform will be in compliance. The acceptable color is the traditional khaki. The lighter stone color is not acceptable. The dark chocolate brown color and the dark green color are also not acceptable. If there is any doubt about a purchase regarding style and/or color, check with your school or visit an approved vendor.

APPROVED VENDORS FOR LIVINGSTON PARISH SCHOOL UNIFORMS

**This list will be updated periodically and posted on the School Board website at http://www.lpsb.org.

ACADEMY SPORTS (JUBAN)
9997 Crossing Way #800, Denham Springs, LA 70726
(225) 271-3600

ACADEMY SPORTS
8464 Airline Hwy.
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
(225) 928-3131

Academy Sports
10808 Industriplex Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA

SCHOOL DAYS UNIFORMS & SUPPLIES
8490 Florida Blvd
Walker, LA 70785
(225) 665-7989

SPORT-N-CENTER
205 South Range Avenue
Denham Springs, LA 70726
(225) 664-7386

Watson Walmart
34025 LA Hwy 16
Denham Springs, LA 70706

THE OLD SCHOOL OF HAMMOND
1809 W. Thomas
Hammond, LA 70401
985-419-1900
985-419-9505 fax

WAL-MART (Walker)
28270 Walker South Rd.
Walker, LA 70785
(225) 667-2335

WAL-MART
(Denham Springs)

904 South Range Ave
Denham Springs, LA 70726
(225) 665-0270

UNIFORM MART
(near St. Theresa School)
910 Airline Hwy.
Gonzales, LA
(225) 644-2181

Students First 
School Uniforms

910-868-4101

www.uniformsbysharon.com

WATSON AUTO & HARDWARE
34972 Hwy. 16
Watson, LA 70706
(225) 664-4883 or (225) 664-5020

 
Student Compliance With the Uniform Dress Code:

The School Uniform Dress Code of Livingston Parish shall strive to achieve full compliance through use of incentives and positive reinforcement measures, and will resort to disciplinary action only when positive measures fail to ensure compliance. In addition, the policy's rationale and benefits of the School Uniform Dress Code will be explained and fully understood by the student and his or her family.

The intent of this policy is not to inhibit or prohibit any student who is not in uniform from receiving the education to which he or she is entitled. Also, the intent of this policy is not to suspend or expel a student from class or from school, or lower an academic grade as a result of not complying with the School Uniform Dress Code. However, non-compliance shall result in progressive disciplinary action being taken with the student.

No student shall be considered in violation of the School Uniform Dress Code in the following instances:
A. When administrators allow exceptions to the uniform code for special events.(Ex. Dress-up day, athletes on game days, band, cheer, academic teams, clubs, picture day,  band on regular meeting days, etc.)

B. During the first ten (10) school days after transferring from out of the Parish to Livingston Parish Schools. During this ten (10) day period, appropriate dress (according to School Board Policy) shall be followed.

C. When a student is on campus outside of normal school hours.

Progressive Disciplinary Action:
Students violating the School Uniform Dress Code shall be disciplined as follows:

1st – 3rd Offense: Notification sent home to parents via student or message to the parent via phone, email, OR automated call.

4th – 6th Offense: After School Detention / Extended Detention (ex. Saturday Clinic) and direct verbal parent/guardian notification per incident.

7th or more offenses: One (1) day out school suspension for each offense due to willful disobedience.

DRESS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
All secondary students and other students where required by the local school, shall be required to dress out for physical education classes in a standard uniform. Exceptions can be made for religious reasons only, as hereinafter stated.

The standard uniform for physical education classes shall be as follows:

1. Plain tee shirt - school may require white, gray or school colors.
2. Gym shorts - school may require white, gray, black or school colors.
3. Gym shoes - any color.
4. Socks. Socks may not have inappropriate or offensive wording or images.
    Socks above the knee are prohibited

Schools may sell uniforms to students as a service, but students shall not be required to buy uniforms from the school. Students shall not be required to purchase new uniforms each year if their present uniforms are in acceptable condition and fit properly.

Students transferring from one school to another shall be permitted to use their present gym suits or other suitable uniforms for a reasonable period of time, until an appropriate uniform can be purchased.

Students shall be required to put their names on their uniforms for identification.

Proper dress in physical education class shall be a factor in determining a student's grade.

A student shall be allowed to dress for physical education class in accordance with his/her religious beliefs, provided that he or she has a written permission or excuse from his/her minister. Should physical education activities of the girls involve indecent exposure, the student shall be allowed to do alternative activities.

BODY ARMOR:
It shall be unlawful and against School Board policy for any student or non-student to wear or possess on his/her person, at any time, body armor on any School Board property, school campus, at a school-sponsored function, on a school bus or other school transportation, or in a firearm-free zone, with limited exception as enumerated in La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §14:95.9, which includes permitting a student to wear, carry, or possess a backpack on school property or a school bus that has bullet-resistant metal or other material intended to provide protection from weapons or bodily injury. School-sponsored functions shall include, but not be limited to, athletic competitions, dances, parties, or any extracurricular activities.
A firearm-free zone means any area within one thousand feet of any school campus and within a school bus, except as specifically set forth in La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§14:95.2(C) and 14:95.6(B).

Body armor shall mean bullet-resistant metal or other material intended to provide protection from weapons or bodily injury.

Revised: June, 2001
Revised: June, 2003
Revised: April, 2004
Revised: December, 2008
Revised: March, 2021

Notice of Discrimination

The Livingston Parish School Board does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability or gender in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment), and it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender by Title IX (20 USC 168) and on the basis of disability by Section 504 (42 USC 794). The Title IX Coordinator is Stephen Parrill

Livingston Parish Public Schools is committed to ensuring that all websites and web applications, both public-facing and for internal use, conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (W.C.A.G.) 2.0 Level AA. Any issues should be reported [email protected] ([email protected]), Assistant Superintendent, P.O. Box 1130, Livingston, LA 70754; Phone (225) 686-7044. The Special Education Director is Dr. Eric Penalber ([email protected]); the LPPS 504 Coordinator is Marcia McKnight ([email protected]), P.O. Box 1130 Livingston, LA 70754; Phone (225)686-4248.

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