PROCEDURES FOR HATS, HOODS, HOODIES, AND OUTERWEAR
The safety and security of our students and the building is of the utmost importance. It is a serious matter. Your child’s safety and building security can be compromised when students wear hats, hoods, hoodies, and outerwear. These items have the potential to:
OBSCURE IDENTITY - SOTA staff must have the ability to readily recognize students who belong in our building to prevent the threat potentially caused by outsiders.
CONCEAL INAPPROPRIATE ITEMS - Outerwear provides opportunities for inappropriate items to be brought into the building.
The following guidelines have been implemented to ensure the safety of your child while in school:
Students may wear a hat/bandanna to school. The expectation is that it be removed prior to the start of First Period and stored in the student’s locker or backpack for the balance of the school day. Students may not attach these items to their clothing/backpacks, or have it visible during the school day.
Students may wear a hooded sweatshirt to school. The expectation is that they not place the hood on their head either partially or otherwise during the school day.
*Parents should note that many students find it difficult to wear a hood to school without putting it on their head. For this reason, please evaluate whether or not this is an article of clothing you wish to permit your child to wear to school.
Students are required to keep all outerwear in their lockers prior to the start of First Period. Outerwear is considered to be any item that is worn over clothing such as: coats, jackets, or heavy vests, etc.
*The SOTA administration will make determinations on appropriate apparel when necessary. To avoid issues, students should keep a sweater or sweatshirt in their locker.
The SOTA administration will address students on an individual basis to gain compliance on these expectations.
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