Dress Code

  • Lakes Middle School Dress Code 

    At the end of each year, our Lakes Leadership Team gets together and analyzes what went well, and what are some things we could improve upon as we move forward.  This year, we spent a considerable amount of time looking at the Lakes Uniform Policy.  After carefully reviewing the data from our staff and our students, we felt it was time to make a change to our policy.  Because the Coeur d’Alene School District recently implemented a stricter policy across all of the schools, we felt it was time to implement a policy consistent with both Canfield and Woodland.
    Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, Lakes Middle School will implement the same student dress code used in our other middle schools.  Our current uniforms will still be used as PE uniforms within our PE department.  The Middle School Policy is highlighted below


    The following items are in addition to Board Policy 517
    * No torn or ripped jeans that have holes above mid thigh
    * No wristbands and sweatbands
    * No bandanas or hats
    * All tops must have capped sleeves
    * Any clothing or personal adornment that’s determined to be disruptive to the learning environment
    If a student is dressed inappropriately, he/she will be directed to change into acceptable clothing or face disciplinary action.

    STUDENT DRESS CODE Board Policy 517
    It is the policy of this school district that students shall dress in a manner which is appropriate for an effective educational environment. While recognizing the importance of allowing students to express their individuality through their attire, the school is responsible for ensuring that student dress is conducive to a positive and respectful environment for all students. All students are, therefore, required to dress in a manner that promotes a safe and healthy school environment, and is not disruptive of the educational climate and process.
    The following prohibitions will be enforced when the student is on school premises and may be enforced at any school sponsored event, regardless of location:

    1. Students are prohibited from wearing or carrying, clothing, accessories or jewelry, or displaying piercings or tattoos, which, by picture, symbol, or word, depict or allude to any of the following:
       a. Drug usage, including alcohol and tobacco;
       b. Controlled substances of any kind;
       c. Drug paraphernalia;
       d. Gangs;
       e. Violence;
       f. Sexually explicit, lewd, indecent, or offensive material;
       g. Illegal acts.

    2. If the building administrator or designee has a reasonable belief that gang activity is or
    may be present in the school, students are prohibited from wearing, using, or carrying, any clothing, jewelry, or other attire or accessories, or displaying tattoos, emblems, symbols, signs, or codes, which are evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang.

    3. Blouses/Tops/T-shirts – Blouses/shirts should be constructed so that the tops of the shoulders are covered (e.g. no halter tops, strapless tops, spaghetti straps, or bare shoulder tops of any type will be allowed). Blouses/shirts that expose any portion of the waist, hips, midriff or breast are not allowed. (If you raise your arms to shoulder level and the stomach shows, the top is unacceptable.) Other blouses/shirts that are not appropriate for school include, but are not limited to, low cut, breast revealing, see through, backless, or tube tops. Undergarments (bras, tank undershirts, etc.) will not be visible. Bedroom clothing, pajamas or sleepwear is not allowed.

    4. Shorts/skirts/Pants – All shorts and skirts must be no shorter than mid-thigh from the bottom of the knee. Nylon tights, biker pants or boxer shorts worn as an outer garment are strictly prohibited. Slits in the skirts cannot be above mid-thigh. Waistline of shorts/skirts/pants must be on or above the hips with no underwear showing. Bedroom clothing, pajamas or sleepwear is not allowed. All belts must be properly fastened around the waist. The belt will not be excessive in length and will not be hanging from either side of the body.

    5. Headwear – Certain types of headwear will not be worn in the school building. This includes, but is not limited to hoods, bandanas and bandana headbands, and sunglasses, or any other head covering as determined by building administration. Exceptions may be granted by the principal.

    6. Jewelry and other accessories - For safety reasons, any clothing that may be used as a weapon is strictly prohibited. For example: sharp object jewelry, dog collars with spikes, and any other spiked clothing. Wallet chains are not permitted.

    7. Shoes – Health regulations and safety factors require that shoes be worn at all times at school (bedroom shoes are not allowed).

    8. Interpretation and Implementation of Policy
    The building principal/designee shall use reasonable discretion in interpreting and implementing the provisions of this policy. If a conflict arises in the interpretation of this policy, the interpretation of the building principal/designee shall be final.
    Enforcement Building principal/designee may deny class entrance to students who are inappropriately dressed until arrangements may be made for their proper attire. Any time missed from classes for failure to adhere to this policy will be deemed unexcused absences. Parents or guardians will be notified each time a student is asked to leave school because of inappropriate attire. Students who are insubordinate or refuse to change the improper attire, or who repeat dress code violations shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion, depending on all the facts and circumstances, for violating the standards of student conduct.