Policy P7-33.3

A. Purpose
A positive learning environment is the first requirement of a good school. Young people who are safe and secure, who focus on academic achievement, and who learn basic American values are better students and better citizens.

Based on the experiences of school systems across the nation, the Lynchburg City School Board has concluded that school uniforms contribute to a positive learning environment by promoting safety, discipline, and school unity.

Experience has also shown that uniforms can create a safer environment because they help identify non-school persons who may be on the campus for disruptive purposes. Uniforms create a more disciplined environment by reducing negative competition and arguments over dress styles. Finally, school uniforms promote school unity by eliminating factors that can create economic and social divisions among individuals, such as clothing style, brands, and group colors, thus allowing students to become more focused on such shared goals as meeting academic standards, developing self confidence, and appreciating diversity.

The Lynchburg City School Board therefore authorizes uniforms for students attending alternative programs and regular schools that have adopted school uniform programs.

B. Responsibility 
1. The superintendent and/or the school administration shall develop regulations for implementing this policy. The regulations will be subject to school board approval. 

2. Principals’ requests for implementing school uniform programs at their schools will require school board approval.

3. Prior to presenting requests to implement uniform programs at a school the, principal shall take the following points into consideration.

  1. The decision-making process should enable all interested parents to provide input on the need or desire for the program, and the elements of the program.
  2. The principal shall schedule and conduct information sessions for the school community. The sessions should give the community ample opportunities to ask questions and to give comments about implementing a school uniform policy. The schools shall effectively communicate the scheduling of the informational sessions to the community.
  3. In making their implementation decisions, the principal shall consider data from survey(s) and other relevant sources.
  4. The survey(s) shall attempt to assess the views of every eligible family at the schools. Each family may submit one survey per school where they have a child attending.

4. Prior to implementing their school uniform programs, the principal shall develop strategies that provide assistance for families who cannot purchase school uniforms but wish to participate.

5. Principals, in collaboration with school leadership councils, PTO/PTA organizations, and parents, are responsible for prescribing the schools’ uniform standards subject to final approval by the school board.

6. No school shall require that a student wear a uniform to school as a condition of attending the school except an alternative school or program, or a school outside a child’s attendance zone which the child is attending by choice. Uniform policies in general should be positive and voluntary, and the wearing of uniforms should be encouraged, not required. However, all students, whether or not wearing a uniform, shall abide by the Lynchburg City Schools dress code.

7. Principals and their staffs shall enforce the school uniform policy, if applicable, and the dress codes at their schools.

8. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children comply with the school uniform policy, if applicable, and the dress codes at their schools.

9. Students are responsible for following the school uniform policy and the dress codes at their schools.

Legal Reference
Code of Va., § 22.1-79.2 Uniforms in public schools; Board of Education guidelines “A. The Board of Education shall develop model guidelines for local school boards to utilize when establishing requirements for pupils to wear uniforms. In developing these guidelines, the Board shall consider (i) ways to promote parental and community involvement, (ii) relevant state and federal constitutional concerns, such as freedom of religion and freedom of speech, and (iii) the ability of pupils to purchase such clothing. B. Upon approval by the Board of the model guidelines, local school boards may establish requirements, consistent with the Board's guidelines, for the students enrolled in any of their schools to wear uniforms while in attendance at such school during the regular school day. No state funds may be used for the purchase of school uniforms.” (1995, cc. 508, 521, 526.)

Guidelines, "The Wearing of Uniforms in Public Schools," Adopted May 23, 1996, Virginia State Board of Education.

Adopted by School Board: February 1, 2000
Revised by School Board: May 4, 2004
Revised by School Board: June 1, 2004
Revised by School Board: March 20, 2012