Policy 547



    I.          PURPOSE


    The purpose of this policy is to enhance the education of students by establishing expectations of dress and grooming that are related to educational goals and community standards.




    A.        It is the policy of this school district to encourage students to be dressed appropriately for school activities and in keeping with community standards.  This is a joint responsibility of the student and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s).


    B.        Appropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:


    1.         Clothing appropriate for the weather.


    2.         Clothing that does not create a health or safety hazard.


    3.         Clothing appropriate for the activity (i.e., physical education or the classroom).


    C.        Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:


    1.         “Short shorts,” skimpy tank tops, tops that expose the midriff, and other clothing that is not in keeping with community standards.


    2.         Clothing bearing a message that is lewd, vulgar, or obscene.


    3.            Apparel promoting products or activities that are illegal for use by minors.


    4.            Objectionable emblems, badges, symbols, signs, words, objects or pictures on clothing or jewelry communicating a message that is racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory to a protected minority group, evidences gang membership or affiliation, or approves, advances or provokes any form of religious, racial or sexual harassment and/or violence against other individuals as defined in School Board Policy 103 pertaining to “Racial, Religious and Sexual Harassment and Violence.” 


    5.         Any apparel or footwear that would damage school property.


    D.        Hats are not allowed in the building except with the approval of the building principal (i.e., student undergoing chemotherapy; medical situations).


    E.        It is not the intention of this policy to abridge the rights of students to express political, religious, philosophical, or similar opinions by wearing apparel on which such messages are stated.  Such messages are acceptable as long as they are not lewd, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, profane or do not advocate violence or harassment against others.


    F.         “Gang,” as defined in this policy, means any ongoing organization, association or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, having as one of its primary activities the commission of one or more criminal acts, which has an identifiable name or identifying sign or symbol, and whose members individually or collectively engage in or whose members engaged in a pattern of criminal gang activity.  “Pattern of gang activity” means the commission, attempt to commit, conspiring to commit, or solicitation of two or more criminal acts, provided the criminal acts were committed on separate dates or by two or more persons who are members of or belong to the same criminal street gang.




    A.           The Superintendent may authorize uniform dress guidelines for an individual school or program, provided that the guidelines reflect involvement of the school community, take into consideration the financial ability of students to purchase uniforms, and allow for exemptions upon parent request.  


    B.           The administration may recommend a form of dress considered appropriate for a specific event and communicate the recommendation to students and parents/guardians.


    C.           An organized student group may recommend a form of dress for students considered appropriate for a specific event and make such recommendation to the administration for approval.


    IV.          SANCTIONS

    When, in the judgment of the administration, a student’s appearance, grooming, or mode of dress interferes with or disrupts the educational process or school activities, or poses a threat to the health or safety of the student or others, the student will be directed to make modifications or will be sent home for the day.  Parents/guardians will be notified.





    Legal References:        U. S. Const., amend. I

                                              Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503, 89 S.Ct. 733, 21 L.Ed.2d 731 (1969)

                                              Stephenson v. Davenport Community School District, 110 F.3d 1303 (8th Cir. 1997)

                                              Harper v. Poway Unified Sch. Dist., 445 F.3d 1166 (9th Cir. 2006)

                                              Hicks v. Halifax County Board of Educ., 93 F.Supp.2d 649 (E.D.N.C. 1999)

                                              McIntire v. Bethel School, I.S.D. No. 3, 804 F.Supp. 1415, 78 Educ. L.Rep. 828 (W.D. Okla. 1992)

                                              Olesen v. Board of Educ. of Sch. Dist. No. 228, 676 F.Supp. 820, 44 Educ. L. Rep. 205 (N.D. Ill. 1987)


    Cross References:       Policy 103 (Racial, Religious, Sexual Harassment and Violence)

                                              Policy 541 (Student Behavior)





547.1 Administrative Guideline





    I.             OVERVIEW

    A.      At the Richfield Dual Language School, we seek to create the best learning environment for all students and believe that a safe and disciplined learning environment is the first requirement of an effective school.  In order to promote school pride, unity, discipline, and civility, students are encouraged to wear the school uniform.


    B.      Consistent with Section III.A of Board Policy 547 (Student Dress and Appearance), the uniform dress guidelines for RDLS reflect involvement of the school community, take into consideration the financial ability of students to purchase uniforms, and allow for exemption upon parent request. 


    C.      This administrative guideline applies at all times on the school campus, on buses, on field trips and other school-sponsored activities.  Students are expected to remain in uniform all day, including after school while remaining on campus.



    II.            BENEFITS

    The potential benefits of a uniform policy include:

    Putting the focus on academics rather than fashion;
    Lowering the cost of school clothes;
    Ensuring a safe school environment by preventing students from wearing gang colors or inappropriate insignias;
    Helping students to differentiate between a learning environment and a play environment;
    Instilling a sense of school pride and discipline.


    III.          EXEMPTIONS

    A.           Parents wishing to exempt their student from the uniform dress guidelines may opt-out by completing the attached Application for Exemption form. The exemption is effective upon review by the building principal.  An exemption is valid only for the current school year and must be renewed at the beginning of each school year. 


    B.           Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other groups officially sanctioned by the school or district, may wear their uniforms in place of the school uniform.


    C.           Students may wear school shirts of any type sold by the school in place of the school uniform.  





    A.   The colors for RDLS are: burgundy, white, gray, and black.


    B.   Students may choose from among the following uniform dress options:


    Shirts (Girls and Boys)

    ·         White, Black, Burgundy or Gray Polo Shirt, Short or Long Sleeve

    ·         White, Black, Burgundy or Gray Dress Shirt, Short or Long Sleeve


    Bottoms (Girls)

    ·         Khaki, Black or Gray Pants

    ·         Khaki, Black or Gray Bermuda Shorts

    ·         Khaki, Black or Gray Skorts

    ·         Burgundy-Plaid V-Neck Pleated Jumper (Burgundy-plaid v-neck pleated jumpers corresponding to the sample provided)

    ·         Black, Khaki or Burgundy-Plaid Pleated Skirt (Burgundy-plaid pleated skirts corresponding to the sample provided)

    ·         Black, Khaki or Burgundy-Plaid Skort (Burgundy-plaid skorts corresponding to the sample provided)


    Bottoms (Boys)

    ·         Khaki, Black or Gray Pants, Flat Front or Pleated

    ·         Khaki, Black or Gray Walk Shorts



    ·         Black



    ·         Bergundy or Black V-Neck Unisex Sweater Vest w/ School Logo

    ·         Bergundy or Black Blue Zip Front Sweater w/ School Logo (Girls Only)



    ·         Athletic or Black Dress Shoes (No Sandals or Open-toed Shoes)



    ·         Hats or caps may not be worn inside the school.

    ·         Any hair accessories must be unobtrusive. 

    DATED: August 20, 2007


    Independent School District 280

    Richfield, Minnesota

    Richfield Dual Language School




    Name of the person submitting this application:                                                            

    Name of student:                                                                                                                


    Address:                                                                    Telephone #:                                    


    School year:                   Teacher:                                                     Grade:                     


    I certify that I am the parent or legal guardian of the student named above.  I choose not to have my child comply with the Richfield Dual Language School Uniform Dress Guidelines and hereby request exemption.  I understand that this exemption applies only to the current school year, and that that this exemption will be effective following review by the Building Principal.  I further understand that I have the right to rescind this request at any time during the school year.


    The reason for requesting an exemption is as follows: 





                Signature of Parent/Guardian                                           Date of Request



                Signature of Principal                                                          Date Reviewed