LISD Dress Code
DRESS AND GROOMING
The district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. The dress code must be adhered to anytime students are on campus during the school day. In the interest of good grooming, students are expected to be neat and clean.
The Lovejoy Independent School District is committed to providing an educational experience for each student that is second to none. Therefore, the dress and grooming guidelines should serve to create a school environment that is appropriately serious for school, but not so rigid that it causes a disturbance for adolescent learners. The dress and grooming guidelines should facilitate the District’s primary mission of providing a maximum learning experience (providing a superior education) for all students. The campus principals and the teachers must have sufficient latitude to exercise professional judgment in determining which dress and grooming choices are within the guidelines and which are a violation of those standards. The following guidelines are provided to assist the parent and student in choosing appropriate dress for the school environment.
Efforts are being made by LISD to ensure the highest standards of performance for all LISD stakeholders and to promote a safe and secure environment that is free from the perception of fear, threat, or danger. The school environment will not be the appropriate place to test or display extreme styles in fashion or hairstyle. Also, as we prepare the leaders of tomorrow, we want to introduce them to the realities of personal presentation and first impressions in the world they will face following graduation.
The Dress/Grooming Code is intended to set clear limits for students, while still allowing students the freedom to have a variety of choices. The cooperation of parents and students along with the consistent and fair enforcement of this policy by teachers and administrators are essential to the effectiveness of these guidelines.
It is prescribed that students come to school in appropriate attire that portrays an excitement to learn and develop, and that also establishes the standard for their roles as ambassadors of Sloan Creek Middle School and the Lovejoy Graduate Profile.
The following modes of dress or grooming are strictly prohibited:
In order to exercise an exception to the District's dress and grooming guidelines, a student's parent or legal guardian must complete a form requesting an exception to the campus administrator for approval. An exception only may be exercised by a student after approval from the campus administrator. The District will not substantially burden a student's free exercise of religion, unless the burden is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.
It is the responsibility of the teachers and campus administrators to enforce the dress code policy. It is important that the dress code is dealt with in a consistent manner, and reflects the community standards and is age appropriate. The school expects parents to be partners on the dress code and monitor student dress before they leave for school. While there may be differences of opinion regarding the appropriateness of a student's attire, the ultimate decision lies with the building administrator.
If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the student will be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day, until the problem is corrected, or unit a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
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