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A Message from the Superintendent

Modifications to the Cell Phone/Dress Code Policies

by Rodriguez Broadnax on 11/26/16

From: Rodriguez F. Broadnax, Ed.S.
             Office of the Superintendent

Attention: Esmeralda CSD Stakeholders

Cc: Esmeralda CSD Board of Education

RE: Cell Phone and Dress Code Policy Changes

 

Date: Monday, November 28, 2016

 

 

Dear Esmeralda CSD Stakeholders,

This letter is sent with a high degree of importance. Due to some concerns brought to the attention of the administration, the Esmeralda CSD Board of Education has modified the Cell Phone and Dress Code Policies at their Fall workshop to clarify the content and expectations of the said policies.


As of today, November 28, 2016, the district will strictly enforce the cell phone/electronic device policy with specific discipline infractions when a student violates the policy as read below:

Cell phones may not be used during the school day. If a student brings a cell phone to school, they are to be turned in to the teacher at the beginning of school. Cell phones are not to be used while school is in session unless the teacher gives permission.  Cell phones may be picked up at the end of the school day. The District strongly recommends that students refrain from bringing cell phones to school.  Esmeralda County School District is not responsible for loss of or damage to cell phones brought to school by students.

 

All electronic devices including radios, CD players, cell phones, Ipods, MP3 players, etc. must be turned in to the teacher at the beginning of the school day.

 

Consequences for cell phone and electronic devices misuse:

1. 1st violation- the phone or electronic device will be taken up for the rest of the day. The student will receive the electronic device at the end of the day. A disciplinary note will be sent to the parent/guardian to inform them of the student’s violation of the electronic device policy.

 

2. 2nd violation- the phone or electronic device will be taken up and the parent/guardian will have to come to school to pick up the phone or electronic device. A disciplinary note will be sent to inform the parent/guardian of a 2nd violation of the cell phone and electronic device policy.

 

3. 3rd violation- the phone or electronic device will be taken up and the parent/guardian will have to come to school to pick up the phone or electronic device. The student will not be allowed to bring a cell phone or electronic device to school for thirty (30) days. A discipline note will be sent to inform the parent/guardian of a 3rd violation of the cell phone and electronic device policy. The student will be suspended out of school for two (2) days.

 

4. 4th violation- the phone or electronic device will be taken up and the parent/guardian will have to come to school to pick up the phone or electronic device. The student will not be allowed to bring a cell phone or electronic device to school for the remainder of the school year. A disciplinary note will be sent to inform the parent/guardian of a 4th violation of the cell phone and electronic device policy. The student will be suspended out of school for four (4) days.

 

5. After 4th violation, student will be disciplined by the student handbook progressive discipline plan, which may result in further suspensions and possible expulsion.

 

No device or equipment connected to the school district’s wide-area network, or to local-area networks connected to the wide-area network, may be used to connect to the Internet or to any other public or commercial network without prior authorization from the Superintendent and/or Academic School Officer.

 

The second policy the Board of Education asked the administration to enforce with strict oversight by teachers and staff is the Dress Code. Please ensure your students come to school properly dressed each day as stated in the policy below. The administration has also provided some examples of unacceptable dress.


DRESS CODE

 

Students are expected to be ladies and gentlemen in school and should dress accordingly. For the most part, the responsibility for appearance of the students of the Esmeralda County School District rests with the parent/guardians and the students themselves.  Dress or excessive make-up that disrupts the educational process, or is offensive to staff members or other students, will not be permitted.  Clothing that impairs participation in classroom activities or is not in keeping with good health standards will not be permitted.  The Superintendent, Academic School Officer, teacher, or other staff members, have the authority to determine if a student is dressed appropriately for school attendance. 

 

The following are typical examples of unacceptable dress.  Other unacceptable dress scenarios, not listed, may also be defined as such.

 

The following will be enforced each day.

1.     Clothing must be in good repair (absent of holes and tears). Student will have to call the parent/guardian to inform them to bring the student appropriate clothing. Student will have to wear school furnished clothing until proper clothing is brought to school.

2.     Footwear, which provides for foot safety or sanitary protection, must be worn at all times.

3.     Good hygiene is a must.  Students are expected to be clean and without body or clothing odor that is offensive and disruptive to others. 

4.     Jewelry and other accessories that may present a safety hazard or danger to the welfare of self or others shall not be worn.

5.     Clothing that does not cover undergarments will not be worn.

6.     Tight fitting clothing, such as but not limited to, spandex, biking shorts, or halter-tops, are prohibited. 

7.     Prohibit wearing crop tops, belly shirts (no skin showing between bottom of shirt/blouse and top of pants or skirts), strapless, low-cut clothing, halter tops, clothing with slits, or tops and outfits that provide minimum coverage.

 

8.     No spaghetti straps permitted; all sleeveless shirts must have straps at least three inches wide and cover the shoulder, tank tops permitted as a part of athletic practices, events, and/or physical education classes.  This applies to boys and girls.

9.     No pajamas, house slippers, or thong shoes.

10.  No excessive make-up, eye shadow, or lipstick.

11.  Clothing that has printing or pictures that are derogatory or offensive in nature are not appropriate for the school setting and will not be allowed.  No spiked or studded clothing. This includes, but not limited to, clothing or accessories displaying or making reference to tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs.

12.  Clothing that displays material of an obscene, profane, discriminatory, sexual or disrespectful nature is barred from the school.

13.  Short shorts, cut-offs, short skirts, half-skirts, see-through articles of clothing (i.e. mesh shirts), etc. will not be allowed in school. Athletic uniforms may be an exception.  The “rule of thumb” is that the student’s fingertips must reach the bottom edge of the garment while the student is standing straight with his/her arms held straight at his/her sides.   Hands, arms, and fingers, must be straight for this determination. Students wearing such apparel will be asked to change.  The Superintendent, Academic School Officer, classroom teacher or other staff members may determine the appropriateness of dress.

14.  Wearing hats, caps, or hoodies of any type or dark non-prescription dark glasses will not be permitted in the building.  Students will be asked to remove their hats or caps or dark glasses when worn in the building.  Repeated offenses will result in loss of the hat, cap or glasses for a period of time to be determined by the teacher, Academic School Officer, or Superintendent.

15.  All pants must be worn at the waistline.  Underwear may not be exposed above the waistline of pants, shorts, etc.

16.  All students shall follow School District dress codes while participating in after school and any other school functioned activity, such as, practices, parties, extra school curricular activities.



Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 775-485-6382.

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