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Student Dress Code/Uniforms

Ararat Charter School faculty, staff, and administration are committed to establishing a positive educational atmosphere in the classroom, on campus, and at school sponsored events. While recognizing the prime responsibility for good grooming is that of the student and parent, the school nevertheless shares in this obligation since it believes that good grooming signifies the difference in character and motivation that should distinguish Ararat Charter School students from students attending other schools.  Since Ararat Charter School students will be coming from all geographic areas of the Los Angeles Unified School District, we want to emphasize that school is the student’s place of work and that respect for other members of society and oneself places some restrictions on the nature of our dress and grooming.  We want our students’ dress to reflect the character of our school.

All clothing must be neat, clean and acceptable in appearance. Clothing will be worn as its design is traditionally intended and fit the size of the wearer. The following is a description of the acceptable clothing available to students.  Please read and adhere to the following standards of dress.

Slacks

Slacks will be uniform-type cotton, solid navy blue color, properly tailored to fit at the waist and covering undergarments. Slacks will be regular cut – non-riveted. TIGHTS, LEGGINGS, JEGGING, SWEAT PANTS; ANY SPENDEX OR PANTS/SHORTS THAT LOOK LIKE SPANDEX (FORM-FITTING) ARE NOT ALLOWED AND ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A UNIFORM SYLE PANT OR SHORT. No oversized or “baggy cut” clothing is permitted. This includes baggy cut trousers and baggy cut cargo pants. Slacks will be the correct length without bagging at the ankle, and will be hemmed (cuffed) without side slits, holes, rips, safety pins, staples or tape. No jean styling (jean styling has sewn-on patch pockets and reinforcing rivets. All clothing must be regular cut). All belt buckles will be plain. All belts will be worn as designed through belt loops without excessive length.

Shorts

Shorts will be uniform-type cotton, solid navy blue color. Shorts cannot be shorter than the arm length. They must be properly tailored to fit the waist and covering undergarments. No short-shorts, cut-offs, or tight, form-fitting shorts (bike-type shorts) will be allowed. Shorts will be regular cut – non-riveted, no jean shorts (see above).

Skorts

Skorts will be navy blue, light blue and gold checkered and no shorter than arm length. No short-skorts or solid color skorts will be permitted.

Shirts

Shirts will be solid white polo (with or without Ararat Charter School logo) with a COLLAR and SLEEVES from Monday thru Thursday and Ararat Charter School Spirit wear royal blue T-shirt on Fridays. Sleeveless shirts, tank tops, graphic design or rhinestones on shirts are NOT allowed. Sheer/”see-through” fabric is NOT allowed. Shirt will be BUTTONED during school hours. Shirts/T-shirts will be worn as designed.

T-Shirts

T-shirt will be “regular cut.” The T-shirt must be long enough to cover the mid-section and stay below the top of the pants/Skorts at all times. No bare midriff may be showing at any time. T-Shirts may not be worn Monday thru Thursday, unless specified otherwise. Ararat Charter School T-shirts are mandatory at every school sponsored field trip.

Outerwear

Preferred jackets will be royal blue Ararat Charter School Hoodies.  Otherwise, jackets, sweaters and other outerwear will be solid colorsno prints, stripes, logos, characters, sports insignias, graphic design, or rhinestones.

Caps

Caps will be Ararat Charter School caps only and may be worn outside for sun protection. Hats, caps, or beanies, should not be worn. No backwards baseball caps. All caps must be removed when entering any building.

Shoes

Shoes (athletic shoes preferred) will be worn at all times with socks. Safety is of utmost importance. Sandal type (backless, open toed or “flip flops”) or heeled shoes are NOT permitted, even on free-dress days.

Free Dress

The aforementioned standards must be followed during dress free days as well. Refer to slacks, shorts skorts, shirts, T-shirts and shoes sections for more clarification.

THE FOLLOWING ARE ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED

Apparel with gang-related symbols or insignias, any attire that could be used as a weapon, such as chains, spokes or studs. This includes chains attached to wallets. SUNGLASSES AND CAPS MAY BE WORN OUTSIDE FOR SUN-PROTECTION ONLY.

DRESS REGULATIONS ARE IN EFFECT AT ALL SCHOOL FUNCTIONS AND EVENTS UNLESS SPECIFIED OTHERWISE VIA SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS.

THE FOLLOWING CONSEQUENCES OF DRESS STANDARD VIOLATIONS ARE FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR:

For any dress standard violation, the student will be sent to the office. Office staff will then contact student’s parent and request the appropriate school attire to be brought to school immediately.  Student will ONLY return to class after changing into acceptable school uniform.

Should there be a question on financial hardship, please contact the administration.

In the case of financial hardship, please contact school’s administration for accommodation. Your information will be kept strictly confidential.