COMPONENTS OF THE POLICY
• Parental Leadership and Involvement (BOE Guideline #1)
The decision represents the views of a majority of the members of the school community. All role groups participated in the decision-making process.
• Protection of Students’ Constitutional Rights (BOE Guideline #3)
As stated in the Religious Expression in Public Schools Guide (August 1955), students may display religious messages on items of clothing to the same extent that they are permitted to display other comparable messages. Religious messages will not be singled out for suppression, but will be subject to the same rules as generally applied to comparable messages. The Ilima Intermediate School Uniform Policy will not prohibit students from wearing or displaying expressive items so long as those items do not independently contribute to disruption by substantially interfering with discipline or with the Constitutional rights of students. Ilima Intermediate School will not impose any messages, political or otherwise, on the school uniform. The school name, logo/mascot will appear on the uniform.
A mandatory school uniform policy is in effect for all Ilima Intermediate students under the auspices of the School Community Council (SCC) governance system. Students are required to wear a uniform top and adhere to specific criteria for uniform bottoms and outerwear. Every effort will be made by the school to assist parents and students to comply with the uniform policy. Waivers can only be granted by the school principal.
The School Uniform Policy and Dress Code Policy were adopted by the SCC with student health and safety in mind. Today, student ID cards and Students Planners are a part of the daily student uniform due to heightened security and the safety and well–being of Ilima Intermediate School students.
The uniform shirt consists of a crew shirt with the Ilima Intermediate School design. There are only two acceptable colors (one for 7th and one for 8th graders) and they are sold only through the Ilima Uniform Store located in the Office. Shirts purchased from the store are acceptable for the life of the shirt. (See Dress Code #2.)
Bottoms that are oversized or baggy are not allowed. Large logos and large designs, loose or hanging belts or chains are not allowed. Torn jeans or trousers are not appropriate for intermediate school and therefore, may not be allowed.
- Boys: trousers or walking shorts that are knee length or longer. Belts must be worn appropriately, not hanging below the T-shirts.
Outer pants must cover underwear, boxer shorts or other shorts.
- Girls: The hem of shorts/skirts/dresses should be no higher than 6 inches from the top of the knee cap. Capri pants, regular sized pants or slacks are allowed.
Short shorts are not allowed. Leggings, tights, and Jeggings may be worn IF the skin does not show through the fabric AND the uniform shirt is LONG ENOUGH to COVER the entire buttock area/front view.
Pants with holes, zippers, laces, and “shredded” material exposing the thighs and/or are in inappropriate physical areas should not be worn to school.
ILIMA INTERMEDIATE DRESS CODE
Ilima Intermediate School’s Uniform Policy includes the Dress Code that addresses other items of apparel and appearance that constitute “appropriate school clothing.” This Dress Code works in tandem with the uniform policy. ID cards and Student Planners are required and are a part of the daily school uniform. This dress code is enforced throughout the school year and applies to special Opt Out days as determined by the school and earned as a privilege for the students.
- Shirts and pants shall not be extremely oversized. Pants’ waistband and belts must be worn at the waist. Underwear (boxer shorts, briefs, bra straps) must be covered at all times. (See uniform policy) Belt buckles that are designed like weapons, drugs and inappropriate messages will be confiscated. If a student chooses to wear an undershirt, the undershirt needs to be the same color as the top shirt or white.
- All apparel and accessories, including bags and back packs, must be free of messages and graphics about DRUGS, GANGS, SEXUAL REFERENCES, PROFANITY, CULTS, and other obscenities. (i.e. Marijuana leaves, playboy bunny, nudity, etc.)
- For Opt-Out days: All blouses and tops shall NOT reveal any cleavage and/or midriff. Tank tops and undershirts are not appropriate for school. All shorts shall be worn at knee length or longer (see Uniform Bottom description).
- ID cards MUST be worn to school daily. IDs must be worn on the upper torso, not on the shirtsleeve or hem of the uniform shirt. Teachers will inform VPs of non-compliant (NO ID) students; NO ID students forfeit their free time at both recess and lunch. NO ID students should report to the Time-Out area in the courtyard or VP benches at recess. At this time, NO ID students may request a Lunch Waiver to eat wiki or lunch that day. The detention can be canceled if the student purchases or finds his/her ID card. The student should show their new or found ID card to the VP in charge at recess.
- Student Planner & Hall Pass – The planner contains the school bell schedule, hall pass, campus map, SY calendar, support information for math, social studies, science and English, Academic vocabulary translations in Tagalog and Ilokano, Vision and Mission translations in Tagalog, Ilokano and Samoan, areas to keep track of homework assignments and due dates. The Hall Pass privilege should not be abused. Students should make every effort to use the restroom and to see their counselor or Administrator during recess or lunch since there is a break before and after each class period.
- Baseball caps, visors and sunglasses with the exception of prescription glasses are not allowed during school hours. Bandanas of any color are prohibited. If these items need to be worn before or after school, then the item must remain in the student’s backpack out-of-view. Neither baseball caps nor bandanas can be tied to dangle from the waist or belt.
- Jewelry representing drugs, gangs, inappropriate language, etc., is prohibited. Tongue piercing, nose, eyebrow, lip piercing, spiked earrings & other spiked jewelry are health and safety issues and therefore are prohibited.
- Footwear must be worn at all times. Shoes are required for physical education classes and working in the cafeteria.
- It is highly recommended that hair color be as close to natural as possible to avoid becoming a distraction in the classroom; all unnatural shades, designs, and tones are not recommended for school. Surfer type color and two tone hair color is also not recommended. Shaved or notched eyebrows etc. are prohibited as it may be related to gang activity. Mohawks and other designs shaved or dyed into the hair are also not recommended.
- All outerwear (jackets, sweaters, etc.) must have a zipper or buttons to allow for the school logo on the uniform to be visible. Pullover tops/hoodies are not allowed because students have worn contraband shirts/tops or no uniform top in efforts to conceal the contraband item or lack of a uniform shirt. A buttoned shirt is not a jacket and cannot be worn as such.
- Undershirts - long sleeved shirts worn under a uniform shirt, must be white, black or the same color as the uniform shirt and must be free of inappropriate words, pictures, logos, etc., and must be kept on the entire school day. It cannot be worn in place of a jacket over the uniform shirt. Short sleeve undershirts must be either white or the same color as the uniform shirt or remain unseen by the visible eye.
CONSEQUENCES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE
Students who do not comply with the uniform policy are considered to be insubordinate, which is a Class C offense. This offense falls under Chapter 19 and the School Discipline guidelines, which range from a call to parents or to suspension, depending on the number of infractions and the specific situation. The procedure leading to the levying of consequences for uniform noncompliance is:
- The teacher/staff member will refer student to the office.
- The student will call home and request a change of clothing.
- The student will remain in the office until parents arrive (w/in 15 minutes) with change of clothing.
- If a change of clothing is not available from home, the student will be issued a “school loaner shirt” (upon availability). The student is responsible for washing and returning the loaner shirt. If the loaner shirt is not returned, the student’s account will charged $5.00 for the borrowed item and/or $9.50 for the NEW school uniform and will be considered an obligation.
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