All students are expected to be responsible in their dress and grooming by avoiding extremes and manifesting self-discipline with regards to these regulations. Cooperation of parents is expected.
The policy of the Caldwell Parish School Board shall be that no mode of attire shall be considered proper for school wear that distracts or disrupts classroom and school decorum. The Board feels it is the responsibility of each student to use good judgment in one's total appearance so that the attention of others is not distracted from the purpose of school. Cleanliness shall be a basic consideration.
In questions regarding student dress and grooming, the principal or his/her designee of each school shall make the final decision as to what is considered proper or improper dress according to the guidelines provided.
The School Board shall notify the parent or guardian of each student of the dress code specifications and their effective date.
If the Board modifies the existing uniform policy, it shall notify, in writing the parent or guardian of each student of the policy adoption or uniform policy modification at least sixty (60) days prior to the effective date of the new or revised policy. Each school shall display any uniform selected for a reasonable period prior to the proposed effective date for wearing of the uniform.
However, nothing shall prohibit the Board from requiring a new or revised dress code or uniform policy without the required notice in the event of an emergency. For the purposes of this policy, emergency shall mean an actual or imminent threat to health or safety which may result in loss of life, injury, or property damage.
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. 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.
Body armor shall mean bullet-resistant metal or other material intended to provide protection from weapons or bodily injury.
The School Board shall require students to wear a school uniform to school that consists of a solid red collared shirt, solid white collared shirt, or solid navy collared shirt (no sleeveless shirts) and any khaki/tan (not white) or navy bottoms (not denim). The School Board shall notify, in writing, the parent or guardian of each school student of the dress code and uniform specifications.
School Uniform Regulations
The following regulations apply to all students:
A solid red collared shirt, solid white collared shirt or navy collared shirt (no sleeveless shirt) must be worn.
Bottoms shall be khaki/tan (not white or light) or navy.
Any khaki/tan or navy pants (not denim) shall be allowed.
Cargo pants or carpenter pants shall be permitted without colored or extra zippers.
No parachute pants or overalls shall be permitted.
Corduroy pants in khaki/tan or navy may be worn in cold weather.
Red, white or navy sweaters or sweatshirts, or red, white, or navy sweaters or sweatshirts with a school sponsored logo on them, if they have a collar, may be worn without a uniform shirt, or if they have no collar, over a red, white or navy collared shirt or turtleneck.
Jackets of choice including those with a school-sponsored logo may be worn during cold weather, provided the jacket buttons or zips completely.
No long coats, dusters, or trenchcoats shall be permitted.
Free dress days shall be designated by the principal.
GENERAL DRESS CODE REGULATIONS
General requirements for a student's dress and appearance shall include the following:
Caps or hats shall not be worn.
Appropriate footwear shall be worn (no slippers or house shoes).
Leggings or tights shall not be worn as outer clothing.
Pierced jewelry may only be worn in the ears.
P.E. uniforms are restricted to P.E. classes.
All clothing shall be hemmed and fit appropriately.
All shirts must be tucked in.
Pants must be belted through the loops with a traditional belt (no strings, wires, or tie-downs, etc.)
Hair is to be kept neat and clean.
Only clear or mesh bookbags shall be allowed.
No student shall wear, possess, use, distribute, display, or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, blade, symbols, sign or other things which are evidence of affiliation with drugs, alcohol, violence or gang related activities or exhibits profane or obscene language/gestures.