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Dress Code

 

  • Why a Dress Code?

    There are two fundamental reasons for a school dress code: 1) to ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus; and 2) to avoid any unacceptable disruptions to the learning environment. A secondary, and not altogether unimportant, reason for a dress code is to encourage students in appropriate dress habits (for that world of work “out there”). To some extent, any dress code involves a degree of subjectivity concerning what is and is not acceptable, and what may or may not be disruptive. Again, the primary reason for Lamar’s dress code is to foster an atmosphere conducive to learning for all our students. Therefore, items representing extreme or outrageous fads, provocative dress, or overly casual clothing, to cite some examples, cannot be permitted.

    Also, Lamar will not tolerate gang-related behavior and/or the wearing of gang-identified articles of clothing and/or other gang symbols. Any articles of clothing, symbols, or emblems thought to signify gang membership will be banned.

    The Lamar faculty and administration will enforce the Lamar dress code in a uniform manner. They also will determine the appropriateness of attire for school occasions and activities. All students have the responsibility to wear clothing that contributes both to their own health and safety as well as that of others. The student dress code applies to students on campus, whether during the school day or after hours, including those serving detention or Saturday School.

    Please note: Violations of the Lamar dress code will result in disciplinary action.

    Students who disagree with particular requirements of the Lamar dress code are encouraged to work within the system to request changes. Use your representatives on the Senate and on student council to express your opinions. Of course, there are many interests for the school to consider in deciding policy, but please know that student concerns are given serious consideration whenever policy is developed. As a general rule, however, the Lamar dress code will not be revised more frequently than once a year. Also, courts at both the state and federal levels have recognized the rights of school officials to regulate standards of student dress and grooming.

    The Rules

    Head

    • Sunglasses, hats, caps, sweat bands (except when approved for PE and dance classes), and head coverings of any kind are not to be worn indoors. These items will be confiscated permanently. Any exceptions to this policy due to religious or medical requirements must be approved by the Lamar administration in advance.
    • Hair rollers, metal rakes, and combs are not to be worn.
    • Hair should be clean and well kept.
    • In some laboratory settings, teachers may require that long or free-flowing hair be covered or restrained.
    • Hair styles and artificial coloring should not detract from the educational process and are subject to disciplinary action.
      (No spiked hair or unnatural hair colors.)

    Clothing

    • Students are required to wear standard, conventional school clothes — dresses, shirts, blouses, slacks, and/or jeans. Clothing should be clean and in generally good repair. Also, one’s clothing must fit; i.e., articles of clothing may neither be too tight or suggestive, nor excessively baggy or loosely fitting. A decent coverage of the body is required. Clothing that makes it difficult or awkward for one to move freely, sit, bend, or reach is not acceptable.
    • Students may not wear shorts, overall shorts, pajama pants, fleece-type pants and tops, medical attire (including surgical scrubs), loungewear or any variation thereof during the school day.
    • Muscle shirts, tank tops, halter tops, tube tops, net or sheer tops, spandex tops, and bare midriffs are prohibited.
    • Shirts and blouses must be buttoned to a level even with one’s armpits and shirts and blouses must cover ones midriff and back.
    • Dresses and blouses may not be backless or off the shoulder, and they must have straps that are at least one inch wide. Students must maintain a modest appearance appropriate to the school environment.
    • Full-length tights or leggings may only be worn under other garments (such as skirts or long, straight-hemmed blouses) that extend at least below one’s fingertips plus one inch when one is standing completely erect.
    • Pants of all types must be worn with the waistband above one’s hips.
    • Skirts and dresses must meet the following length requirements: 1) they must extend at least below one’s fingertips plus one inch when one is standing completely erect; and 2) they must be sufficient in length to maintain modesty when standing, sitting, or bending. Students should keep these requirements in mind as they shop for or select school clothes.
    • Outfits for PE and athletics classes may only be worn in the area (s) where those classes are taking place (i.e., the gym or practice field).
    • Students with tattoos and hennas must en-sure that the tattoos are covered and not visible.
    • Trench coats and clothing depicting or making reference to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, vulgar or obscene language, sexual promiscuity, the occult, death, violence, or gang-related activities may not be worn.

    Jewelry

    • Expensive or irreplaceable jewelry should not be worn to school.
    • In some laboratory settings, teachers may prohibit the wearing of dangling or protruding articles or accessories.
    • Pierced jewelry may be worn in the ear only. (Nose rings, eye rings, tongue rings, navel rings, and other forms of body piercing are not allowed).
    • Jewelry depicting or making reference to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, vulgar or obscene language, sexual promiscuity, the occult, death, violence or gang-related activities may not be worn.
    • Jewelry items such as spiked dog collar, spiked bracelets, linked chains (for wallets or necklaces) are prohibited.

    Shoes

    • Students must wear shoes at all times.
    • Due to safety considerations, teachers may require non-skid, closed shoes in some labs during experiments or project work.

    Personal Items

    Backpacks are prohibited on campus during class time (from 8:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.). Students may use backpacks to transport their materials to and from school, but they must store the backpacks in their lockers during the school day.

    Skateboards, skates, and roller blades are prohibited.

    According to state law and/or HISD board policy, audio and electronic equipment such as lasers, radios, tape or CD players, TVs, games, and similar electronic devices are prohibited on campus during school hours. Cell phones and pagers are allowed on campus but may not be used during the school’s instructional hours Such items, if found in a student’s possession, will be confiscated and turned in to the HISD Property Management Department. Some items may not necessarily be re-turned to students. HISD policy requires a fee for the return of these items. Texas Education Code 37.082 requires a $15.00 retrieval fee for these items.

    Policy on Uniform Shorts

    Students are allowed to wear uniform khaki-colored shorts only. No other form, fashion, or color of shorts will be allowed at any time or for any reason. No modifications may be made to the original design and no variation of shorts is accepted (no cargo shorts). All shorts must fit appropriately. Tight or baggy shorts will not be allowed. Violators will be subject to normal school discipline. Shorts specifications:

    • KHAKI color
    • Pleated or flat front
    • 17” WALKING short – appropriate length
    • NO CARGO SHORTS

    Only the following brands and styles are approved. No other type or brand will meet code specifications.

    • Target Stores-Official School Wear brand by French Toast.
    • J.C. Penny-Original Arizona Jean Company Khaki’s and/or St. John’s Bay cotton chino khaki shorts.
    • Dockers grand (men only) 17” khaki front pleat.
    • Polo Sport brand (women only) 17” khaki pleated.


    Policy of Uniform Capri Pants

    Students are allowed to wear uniform khaki-colored calf length and/or longer capri/crop pants only. No other form, fashion, or color of capri/crop pants will be allowed at any time or for an reason. No modifications may be made to the original design and no variation of capri/crop pants is accepted (such as cargo). All capri/crop pants must fit loosely to allow free flowing movement. Violators will be subject to normal school discipline.

    CAPRI/CROP SPECIFICATIONS:

    • Khaki color
    • Calf length or longer
    • Loose fitting to allow for free flowing movement
    • Only the following brands and styles re approved. No other type or brand will meet code specifications.
      • Gap/Old Navy-Retro cut
      • Foley’s, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Penny’s Dockers, Nautica, and Hillfiger. Periscope and Rafaella (Foley’s only)
      • Target Mossino and Xhilaration



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