From the XXXXXXXXXXXXXX Elementary School Student/Parent Handbook 2008-2009
DRESS AND GROOMING
In general, it is the responsibility of parents and/or the individual student to set guidelines for appropriate dress within reasonable standards of social accpetance. Students are in school to learn. Any fashion (dress, body art, acessory, or hairstyle) that disrupts the educational process or presents a safety risk will not be permitted. Personal expression is permitted within these general guidelines.
If a student has selected a manner of appearance that is beyond mere freedom of expression and disrupts the educational process or presents risk to themselves or others, they may be removed from the educational setting, subject to administrative discretion.
The following styles or manners of dress are not allowed:
Clothing that suggests or promotes anti-social behavioe, violence, obscenity, vulgarity or profanity, sexual inferences or logos’ referring to ( drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or the occult).
Halter tops, tank tops with narrow straps and/or those that are low-cut, midriff tops, short shorts, spahetti strap tops and/or dresses, torn or mutilated clothing…
(The remainder of the section is irrelevant to the circumstances surrounding the t-shirt.)
Harassment of students is prohibited, and will not be tolerated. This includes inappropriate conduct by other students as well as any other person in the school environment, including employees, Board members, parents, guests, contractors, vendors and volunteers. It is the policy of the District to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for all its students. The policy applies to all activities on school property and to all school sponsored activities whether on or off school property.
Harassment is defined as inappropriate conduct that is repeated enough, or serious enough, to negatively impact a student’s educational, physical or emotional well-being. This would include harassment based on any of the legally protected characteristics, such as sex, race, color, national origin, height, weight, marital status, or disability. This policy, however, is not limited to these legal categories and includes any harassment that would negatively impact students. This would include such activities such as stalking, bullying, name-calling, taunting, hazing, and other disruptive behaviors.
Any student that believes s/he has been/or is the victim or harassment should immediately report the situation to the teacher, the principal, or assistant principal, or counselor may report directly to the Superintendent at XXX-XXXX. Complaints will be investigated in accordance with (policy number).
Every student, and every staff member must report any situation that they believe to be improper harassment of a student. Reports may be made to those identified above.
If the investigation finds that harassment has occured, it will result in propmt and appropriate remedial action. This may include up to expulsion for students, up to discharge for employees, exclusion for parents, volunteers and contractors and removal from an office position and/or request to resign for Board members.
Retaliation against any person for complaining about harssment, or participating in a harassment investigation, is prohibited. Suspected retaliation should be reported in the same manner as harassment. Intentionally false harassment reports made to get someone in trouble, are also prohibited. Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action as indicated above.
Please note: Further definition of Harassment may be found in the appendix A.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The rules and procedures of the School are designed to allow each student to obtain a safe, orderly, and appropriate education. Students can expect their rights and freedom of expression and association and to fair treatment as long as they respect those rights for their fellow students and the staff. Students will be expected to follow teacher directions and obey all school rules. Disciplinary procedures are designed to insure due process (a fair hearing) before a student is removed because of his/her behavior.
Parents’ have the right to know how their child is succeeding in school and will be provided information on a regular basis and as needed, when concerns arise. Many times it will be the responsibility of the student to deliver that information. If necessary, the mail or hand-delivery may be used to insure contact. Parents are encouraged to build a two-way link with their student’s teacher and support staff by informing the staff of suggestions or concerns that may help their child better accomplish his/her educatioonal goals.
The staff expects students to arrive at school on time, prepared to learn and participate in the educational program. If for some reason this is not possible, the student should seek help from the Social Worker/Counselor.
STUDENT RIGHTS OF EXPRESSION
The school recognizes the right of students to express themselves. With the right of expression comes the responsibility to it appropriately. Student may distribute or display, at appropriate time, non-sponsored, nono-commercial written material and petitions; buttons, badges or other insignias, and banners; and audio and video materials. All items must meet the following school guidelines:
A material cannot be displayed it if:
is obscene to minors, libelous, indecent or vulgar,
Advertises any product or service not permitted to minors by law.
Intends to be insulting or harrassing,
Intends to incite fighting or presents a likelihood of disrupting school or a school event.
Materials may not be displayed or distributed during class periods or during passing times between classes. Permission may be granted for display or distribution during lunch periods and after school in designated locations, as long as exits are not blocked and there is proper access and egress to the building.
Students who are unsure whether or not materials they wish to display meet school guidlines may present them to the Principal 24 hours prior to display.
Student safety is a responsibility of the staff. All staff members are familiar with the emergency procedures such as fire, tornadoes, and lockdown drills and accident reporting procedures.
Should a student be aware of any dangerous situation or accident, s/he must notify any staff person immediately.
Submisson to such unwelcome conduct or communication is made either an explicit or implicit condition of utilizing or benefitting from the services, activities, or programs of the School District: Submission to, or rejection of, the unwelcome conduct or communication is used as the basis from a decision to exclude, expel, or limit the harassed student in the terms, conditions or privileges of the School District.
The unwelcome conduct or communication intereferes with the student’s education, creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment, or otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities. This may include racial slurs, mocking behavior, or other demeaning comments.
Sexual Harassment may include, but is not limited to:
Verbal harassment or abuse;
Pressure for sexual activity;
Repeated remarks with sexual demeaning implication;
Sexual jokes, posters, cartoons, etc;
Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, safety, job, or performance of public duties.
NOTE: Any administrator, teacher, coach or other authority that engages in sexual or other inappropriate physical contact with a student may be guilty of criminal “child abuse” as defined in State Law M.C.L.A 722.621 et.seg.
Bullying – Intimidation of others by acts, such as but not limited to:
Threatened or actual physical harm;
Unwelcome physical contact;
Threatening or taunting verbal, written, or electronic, communications;
damaging or destroying property;
Blocking or impeding student movement.
Hazing – Any type of initiation procedure for any school related activity, which involves conduct such as but not limited to:
Illegal activity, such as drinking or drugs;
Physical punishment or infliction of pain;
Intentional humiliation or embarrassment;
Activity likely to cause mental or psychological stress;
forced detention or kidnapping;
Undressing or otherwise exposing initiates.
NOTE: If the school, club or organization does not have official and approved initiation procedure, and if no school staff is involved in the activity, there is a significant likelihood that the activity may result in a violation of this policy.
Every reasonable effort will be made to maintain confidentiality during the investigation process. However, a proper investigation in some circumstances requires the disclosure of names and allegations.
The t-shirt in question:
…to be continued.