Regulation R7-33.3

Students enrolled in the Fort Hill Community School, Linkhorne Middle School, and William Marvin Bass Elementary School shall participate in school uniform programs.

A. Purpose
The Lynchburg City School Board believes that school uniforms will affect positive change in schools, particularly by promoting safety, discipline, and school unity.

B. Procedures
1. The school division will provide school uniforms for students who attend the Fort Hill Community School. The Lynchburg City Schools will provide each student three sets of uniforms consisting of the following clothing items.

  1. long sleeve or short sleeve blue polo shirts
  2. khaki slacks

2. It will be parents’ responsibilities to provide school uniforms for students at all other school sites.

3. The principal of a school wanting to implement a school uniform program shall collaborate with his/her school leadership, PTA/PTO, and parents to decide, develop and publish school uniform requirements relative to styles and colors of clothing.

  1. In developing these requirements, principals shall take into consideration the availability, affordability, and practicality of the selection.
  2. The school uniform shall not prohibit students from wearing coats, jackets, sweaters, or other appropriate outer garments when necessary due to weather conditions or for other legitimate reasons, as long as the apparel conforms to the dress code.

4. Principals shall allow exceptions to the school uniform code when:

  1. A student wears a uniform of a nationally recognized youth organization, such as the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, on regular meeting days.
  2. A student wears special clothing or costumes necessary for a school play or a performance.
  3. A student adds a button, armband, etc. to exercise free speech guaranteed by the United States Constitution, unless the button, armband, etc. is related to gangs, gang membership, or gang activity or would violate the school division’s dress code policy as long as the item does not violate the integrity of the uniform program or disrupt the school environment.
  4. The wearing of the school uniform violates a student’s sincerely held religious beliefs. With verification of those sincerely held religious beliefs, the student may use the opt-out exemption. The wearing of religious head coverings, such as yarmulkas, does not violate the school uniform policy.

C. Financial Considerations
Principals shall develop procedures and criteria to offer assistance to students who experience difficulties complying with the school uniform program. Principals shall develop programs that donate clothing, financial assistance, or both to alleviate financial difficulties for needy families.

D. Annual Opt-Out, Exemptions and Procedures
1. Except in programs for schools where the school board has approved requiring uniforms at all times, any student, who, together with his/her parent/guardian, is conscientiously opposed to wearing the school uniform may request an exemption. To receive the exemption, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall:

  1. Submit a written request to the principal at the beginning of the academic year or within thirty (30) days following the first day of school or the student’s first day of school.
  2. Meet with the principal or his/her designee to discuss the school uniform program, the reason(s) for the waiver request, the nature of the parent(s)/ guardian(s) objection(s), and the support of the parent for the overall dress code.

2. The principal or his designee shall then grant the waiver and note the exemption on the parent(s)/guardian(s) application. The principal shall then place a copy of the approved request in a file designated for this purpose.

3. The exemption shall remain in effect for that school year only.

E. New Students
Students entering the Fort Hill Community School, Linkhorne Middle School, and William Marvin Bass Elementary School during the school year shall have a grace period of thirty (30) days before the school’s uniform program will apply to the student.

F. Exiting from School Uniform Policy
Schools exiting from a school-wide uniform policy shall provide substantial community and faculty engagement before making a final decision.

Adopted by School Board: February 1, 2000
Revised by School Board: September 5, 2000
Revised by School Board: May 4, 2004
Revised by School Board: June 1, 2004
Revised by School Board: June 21, 2005
Revised by School Board: May 2, 2006
Revised by School Board: July 8, 2008
Revised by School Board: July 7, 2009
Revised by School Board: March 20, 2012
Revised by School Board: August 7, 2012
Revised by School Board: June 7, 2016