St. landry Parish School Board Dress Code

The St. Landry Parish School Board believes that a mandatory school uniform policy will provide a more secure environment, promote an atmosphere for greater discipline, and increase learning opportunities for all students. The student dress code policy shall apply to all students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade beginning with the 2000-2001 school year. This policy shall apply to all students attending public schools in St. Landry Parish. The principal of each school shall make the final decision about proper or improper dress according to the guidelines provided. School Spirit Day and any other school activities requiring a deviation from the uniform policy will be left to the discretion of the principal. Any substantial complaint concerning the dress code shall be dealt with by the school administration.

1) THE UNIFORM SHIRT - The shirt shall consist of a plain- collared white polo knit shirt, with no logo, and with either short or long sleeves. Each school will have the option of another colored shirt. The optional top may have the school logo imprinted on the left chest over the heart. All shirts must be tucked in at the student's waist. An undershirt may be worn under the uniform top. The undershirt must be white, and the sleeve cannot be longer than the sleeve length of the uniform top. Turtlenecks or mock turtlenecks are not allowed under/over the uniform shirt.


2) UNIFORM BOTTOMS - Bottoms shall consist of classic, traditional, straight leg**dark khaki/navy blue cotton twill uniform pants or walking shorts with a finished hem (side slits on hems are not allowed). Uniform bottoms must fit at the waist and crotch and be within one (1) size of student's actual waist/inseam measurement. No cargo pockets or flaps on back pockets are allowed on uniform bottoms. Bell-bottoms, boot cut, carpenter/cargo style pants, hip-huggers or jeans of any color and/or type are not allowed. Brand name emblems on uniform bottoms may not exceed 1" to 2" in size. All uniform bottoms must have a waistband with belt loops. A black, brown, or blue belt must be worn. The entire length of the belt must be worn inside the loops. Hanging of any part of the belt outside the belt loops is not allowed. However, Pre-K through 2nd grade students may wear uniform bottoms with an elastic waistband without having to wear a belt. Walking shorts shall not be more than four (4) inches above the back crease of the knee. Sagging of the uniform bottoms will not be allowed. UNIFORM BOTTOMS FOR GIRLS - In addition to the above uniform bottoms, traditional style uniform jumpers and skirts will be allowed and must have a finished hem and shall not be more than four (4) inches above the back crease of the knee. *All items of clothing must be worn as intended by design. Allowable colors are dark khaki and navy. *Skorts and overalls are not permitted. *Stone, white or dark brown uniform bottoms are not allowed.


3) SOCKS - Socks must be worn at all times. They must be solid navy, white, black, brown or the school optional color with no emblem or logo. Crew length socks must cover the ankle and be visible above the shoe.


4) SHOES - Students must wear a closed shoe (front and back). Sandals, clogs, flip-flops, slippers, or other similar types of shoes are not allowed.


5) OUTER WEAR - In cold weather, students will be allowed to wear the following over their school uniform:


SWEATSHIRT - A sweatshirt must have a crew neck with no hood, must be waist length with a tight, ribbed elastic bottom, must be plain, solid colored in white, heather gray, or dark navy blue with no emblem, logo, or marking. Students can wear a sweatshirt in the optional school color with school logo.


SWEATER - Crew neck, v-neck, or cardigan style (those that button or zip from the bottom) sweaters must have sleeves, must be waist length, must be plain, solid-colored in white or dark navy blue with no emblem, logo, or marking. Optional school color with school logo and school-issued sweaters are permitted.


LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET/WINDBREAKER (WITH OR WITHOUT HOOD)/COAT - All outerwear must zip, button, or snap from top to bottom and must not be longer than upper mid-thigh. Outerwear must be plan, solid-colored in white, khaki, heather gray, or dark navy blue with no emblem, logo, or marking; however, jackets in the optional school color with school logo and school-issued jackets are permitted.


The principal, not uniform vendors, should address any questions about the dress code. Although it is impossible to anticipate all problems, distracting "fads" which disrupt the spirit, education, philosophy, or dignity of the St. Landry Parish School System will be unacceptable.


Deviation from the dress code for medical, religious, and/or any other extenuating circumstances can only be granted by the School Dress Code Review Committee. This committee shall be comprised of the Superintendent or his designee, the Policy Supervisor, the Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor, the Drug/Violence-Free School Supervisor, and the Special Education Director/designee.

Request for an appeal/hearing must be made in writing to the Superintendent, stating the reason for the deviation. A hearing date must be set within ten (10) working days of receipt of the request, and an answer to the appeal must be rendered in writing within ten (10) working days following the hearing. A copy of the decision shall also be sent to the principal of the school. The determination of this committee shall be final.

Persons making the request for an appeal must be prepared to present written documentation supporting the medical, religious, and/or extenuating circumstances for the appeal.


1. All parish students and incoming per-K students shall comply with the dress code on the first day of school.
2. Any student transferring from another parish shall be given ten (10) school days to purchase uniforms and comply with this policy.


Violations of the dress code shall be addressed as follows:

First offense: The parent shall be contacted to bring the proper uniform to school for the child to change. A letter will be given to the parent or mailed to the parent stating the violation and reminding them that further disciplinary action will result from future violations

Adopted: July 18, 1991
Revised: September, 1991
Revised: January, 1998
Revised: July, 1998
Revised: January, 2000
Revised: April/May 2001


Ref: La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:416.7; Scott v. Board of Education, 304 N.Y.S. 2d 601 (1969); Darr v. Schmidt, 460 F. 2d 609 (1972); Board minutes, 5-2-91, 5-7-98, 1-6-00, 5-03-01.

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