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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

POLICY:

Safe Schools Code of Conduct - Student Dress Code/Formal Dress Code/Uniform

SECTION F:

School Operations

SUB-SECTION:

Security/Safety

Date Approved:

June 28, 2001

Dates of Amendment:

Cross Reference:

Safe Schools Code of Conduct - General Policy; Catholic School Councils; School-Generated Funds.

POLICY :

1. All schools under the jurisdiction of the Board shall adopt a student dress code/formal dress code/uniform that is consistent with the Board’s philosophy, vision statement and Catholic social teaching.

2. The policy shall be consistent with the provisions of the Human Rights Code and the Charter of Rights and Freedom.

3. All student dress shall be consistent with the philosophy of the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

ADMINISTRATIVE

PROCEDURES :

1. The Principal, in consultation with the Catholic School Council and in keeping with the wishes of a “majority of parents”, will develop a policy regarding student dress as part of the school Code of Conduct.

2. The school student dress code/formal dress code/uniform will be communicated annually to the school community as part of the school Code of Conduct.

3. Appropriate student dress may be delineated as:

a) Dress Code will clearly define acceptable dress for all students. This may be as general as addressing the wearing of ball caps and the length of skirts and shorts.

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POLICY:

Safe Schools Code of Conduct - Student Dress Code/Formal Dress Code/Uniform

SECTION F:

School Operations

SUB-SECTION:

Security/Safety

b) A formal dress code specifies the colour and style of clothing i.e., grey pants and white shirts with a collar.

c) School uniform specifies the clothing and the supplier.

4. School communities that wish to consider adopting/rescinding a formal student dress code/uniform will comply with the following criteria:

a) Inform the appropriate Supervisory Officer;

b) Establish a representative committee which includes, but is not limited to, parents, staff, students, and school administration; and

c) Develop an action plan in consultation with School Council, which will include the following:

i) research and data collection which includes an interest survey distributed to parents;

ii) voting procedures and criteria (i.e., define how the vote will be conducted; determine the statistical parameters; establish the level of approval required to implement, etc.);

iii) an effective communication plan;

iv) a clear question for the ballot;

v) a timeline and list of responsibilities;

vi) tabulation of results and determination as to whether to proceed;

vii) articulation of standardized apparel;

viii) guidelines to be used for the acquisition of same;

ix) a process to address issues of affordability;

x) a process to review/monitor dress code policy every three to five years

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POLICY:

Safe Schools Code of Conduct - Student Dress Code/Formal Dress Code/Uniform

SECTION F:

School Operations

SUB-SECTION:

Security/Safety

at the request of the school council; and

xi) ensure consistency with the Human Rights Code and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

5. The Principal will develop consequences for non-compliance by students of the school’s policy on student dress. These consequences may include a suspension for a fixed period of one to twenty days.

6. Schools adopting a formal student dress code/uniform will comply with the Board’s School-Generated Funds policy.

7. A “majority of parents” will be defined in the following way:

a) Each family will be entitled to one vote;

b) A minimum participation rate may be determined by the Principal in consultation with the school council; and

c) 66% of ballots cast will be required to carry the vote.

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