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Access to Buildings & Classrooms
Possession, Use, Distribution or Showing
Evidence of Use of Chemical Agents
Public Displays of Affection
Property Destruction (Vandalism)
Child Abuse & Neglect - Mandatory Reporting
Student Expectations & Guidelines
a) Access to Buildings & Classrooms
Students should not enter classroom buildings before 7:55AM
or during lunch unless escorted by and supervised by a teacher.
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b) Tardy Policy
A student is tardy if, he/she is not in the classroom and not prepared for
work at 800am.
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c) School Uniform Dress Code Revised July
2003 - Subject to Further Revision
No student's appearance, including but not limited to his/her attire,
shall be considered proper and acceptable for school if it distracts from,
or in any way disrupts, the educational process. The School Board is responsible
for achieving a system wide dress code for appearance and dress among
students that will promote a safe and effective atmosphere for learning.
The School Board is permitted by state law to adopt dress codes mandating
the use of school uniforms. The purpose of the School Uniform Dress Code
shall be to provide additional opportunities for increased school safety;
to encourage students to experience a greater sense of school identity
and belonging; to encourage an improvement in student behavior; and to
encourage a high level of program participation.
Student Compliance with the Uniform Dress Code:
Jumpers: (GIRLS) Solid color: Khaki, Tan, Navy Blue; Styles must be cotton
twill, cotton blend or jean/denim material; Uniform shirts must be worn
under jumpers; Length: Top of knee or longer when sitting cross-legged
Skirts: (GIRLS) Solid color: Khaki, Tan, Navy Blue; Styles must be cotton
twill, cotton blend or jean/denim material; Must be worn at waistline;
Pleated, flat or A line; Length: Top of knee or longer when sitting cross-legged;
Slits cannot be in the front, nor be higher than the bend of the knee;
Cargo type pockets on any garment are prohibited
Skorts:(Pre K - 4th grade GIRLS ONLY) Solid color: Khaki, Tan, Navy
blue; Style must be cotton twill or cotton blend (no jean material); Pleated,
flat, or A-line; Grades K-2 may have elastic waist with or without belt
loops (belts are optional, but encouraged); Must be worn at the waistline
Pants/Slacks: (BOYS) Pants may NOT exceed two inches (2”) of actual
waist size; Pants may NOT exceed two inches (2”) of actual inseam;
Must be hemmed and length not to exceed bottom of shoe (hem can be cuffed);
Solid color: Khaki, Tan, Navy Blue (Dockers style); Style must be cotton
twill or cotton blend (NO jean/denim material); Straight legs; No elastic
or gathered at the ankles; No pockets on lower legs (cargo, military-style);
Can be pleated or flat front; Grades K 2 may have elastic waist pants
with or without belt loops (belts are optional); Grades 3 12 must have
belt loops and mandatory belt; Must be worn at waistline; Cropped, stirrup,
parachute, wind, stretch/warm up, and jean/denim style pants are prohibited
Shirt: (ALL - GIRLS & BOYS) Any color: (except red, white or
gray - gray will be the NEW color for field trips); Polo: (golf-boxed,
hemmed) two, three or four buttons at the top front with collar (short
or long sleeves) - Must be tucked-in; Grades PreK 12 must tuck in shirt
and be properly buttoned; Under-shirts and t-shirts, if worn must be white
in color and can only be worn underneath the standard uniform shirt
Belts: (ALL - BOYS & GIRLS) Solid color: Black, navy blue, khaki
or brown; Grades K-2 are encouraged to wear belts; Grades 3-12 mandatory
when wearing slacks or pants; Belt buckles must be plain; standard buckle;
Appropriate length for waist size - not extended six inches past
buckle; Designs, emblems, insignias, monograms and logos are prohibited
Socks: (ALL - BOYS & GIRLS) Any color: must be matching pair;
Mandatory wear; Must extend above the ankle and no higher than the knee
Pullovers of Any Kind:(sweaters, sweatshirts, vest; any garment which
is pulled over the head which does not snap, button or zip from top to
bottom) (ALL - BOYS & GIRLS) Solid color: No red or grey; Pullover
v-neck or pullover crew (hoods are prohibited); Must be worn over uniform
shirt, NOT ALONE; Solid color (No red, white or grey) Turtlenecks are
permissible ONLY in winter (November thru February);
Shoes: (ALL - BOYS & GIRLS) Low top or mid-ankle closed-toe
AND closed-heel athletic shoes (Velcro for Pre K - 2nd grade permitted);
Closed-toe and closed-heel athletic shoes mandatory; Shoes shall be properly
tied if applicable; Boots may NOT be worn at any time;
Coats: (ALL - BOYS & GIRLS) Coat/jacket/sweater may be worn
as long as the uniform shirt collar is revealed under the coat/jacket/sweater
(TRENCH COATS are prohibited); Vest/jackets/sweaters/coats that zip/button/snap
from top to bottom may be any color (except red) and may have a hood
The School Uniform Dress Code of TLC Charter School shall strive to achieve
full compliance through use of incentives and positive reinforcement measures,
and will resort to disciplinary action only when positive measures fail to ensure
compliance. In addition, the policy's rationale and benefits of the School Uniform
Dress Code will be explained and fully understood by the student and his or
The intent of this policy is not to inhibit or prohibit any student who is not
in uniform from receiving the education to which he or she is entitled. Also,
the intent of this policy is not to suspend or expel a student from class or
from school, or lower an academic grade as a result of not complying with the
School Uniform Dress Code. However, non-compliance shall result in progressive
disciplinary action being taken with the student.
No student shall be considered in violation of the School Uniform Dress Code
in the following instances:
A. When administrators allow exceptions to the uniform code for special events.
(Ex. Dress-up day, athletes on game days, clubs, picture day, etc.)
Progressive Disciplinary Action:
B. During the first ten (10) school days after transferring to TLC Charter School.
After this ten (10) day period, appropriate dress (according to School Board
Policy) shall be followed.
C. When a student is on campus outside of normal school hours.
Students violating the School Uniform Dress Code shall be disciplined as
1st offense = Level 1 (Written referral, sent to change or be sent home
2nd offense = Level 1-3 (Administrator/Parent, Verbal Contact, Meeting)
3rd offense = Level 1-3 (Administrator/Parent, Verbal Contact, Meeting,
4th offense = Level 1-4 (Detention, possible 1-3 day suspension)
5th offense and subsequent = One (1) day out of school suspension for each
DRESS AND PERSONAL GROOMING
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It is the responsibility of each student to use good judgment regarding
appearance and attire. Cleanliness shall be a basic consideration. Any
complaint concerning a student's dress and appearance shall be addressed
by the particular school's administration. The principal of the particular
school shall make the final decision as to what is considered proper attire
and appearance. In the event that health and medical considerations for
a particular student require an exception to the Dress Code, the principal
of the particular school shall determine that exception and make his/her
faculty and staff aware of the exception.
The following guidelines have been established regarding all students’
dress and appearance:
1. Appropriate footwear must be worn to school (no shower shoes, flip-flops,
hiking or other boots, hard-sole dress shoes).
2. A grey polo shirt shall be worn for all field trips.
3. Caps, hats, visors, bandannas, beanies, non-prescribed glasses (e.g.
sunglasses) are not permitted.
4. Patches, decorations, slogans, symbols, tags, marks, or advertisements
are prohibited. (Examples: Beer, cigarettes, drugs, obscene suggestions,
sexual connotations, gang affiliations, etc.)
5. Male hair length must be of even distribution. The hair may not extend
below the plane of the shoulder nor down upon the eyebrow in front, nor
down below the earlobes. Hair must be clean, well-groomed and neat at
all times. Sideburns can extend to the lobe of the ear. Beards and mustaches
neatly trimmed are acceptable.
6. Jewelry that is considered gang- related is not allowed. Jewelry (including
earrings, chains, emblems, etc.) which is considered to be a safety hazard
or a material or substantial disruption is not permitted.
7. Female hair must be clean, neat and well-groomed. Extreme coloring
and extreme hairstyles are not acceptable. Hair in rollers is not acceptable.
8. Young girls (grade Pre K - 4th grade) are encouraged to wear
shorts under skirts and jumpers for modesty.
9. Dress during any period where uniforms are not required, such as special
event days, or for transferring students, shall be consistent with the
intent and spirit of the School Uniform Dress Code.
10. Exposed body piercing of any kind (tongue, lip, eyebrow, nose, etc.)
is prohibited during school hours. Earrings are the ONLY exception.
d) Fire Drills
Law in Arizona requires fire drills. The fire hazard is too serious to take
lightly, and when the fire alarm sounds, all students and teachers must leave
the building without delay and as quickly and quietly as possible. Fire drill
exits are posted in each classroom, and all students should acquaint themselves
with the escape routes. Students must remain with their teacher during any
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e) Possession, Use, Distribution
or Showing Evidence of Use of Chemical Agents
A student shall not possess, consume, use, handle, give, store, conceal, offer
to sell, sell, transmit, acquire, buy, represent, make, apply, or show evidence
of the use of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, anabolic
steroids, barbiturate, marijuana, tranquilizer, alcoholic beverage, intoxicant,
solvent, gas, or any mood altering chemical, drug of abuse, or any counterfeit
controlled substance of any kind, or any type of paraphernalia used to process
or ingest any of the above. Violations may result in suspension and possible
expulsion from school. Local police will be notified.
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Any type of gambling in school is strictly forbidden. This includes card playing
for money and sports pools.
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g) Public Displays of Affection
Overt displays of affection (kissing/embracing) are considered inappropriate
conduct for the school campus. There shall be no public display of affection
(PDA) on the part of students including hand-holding. Parents will be contacted
if the students involved will not cooperate in an appropriate manner.
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The following offenses WILL result in Police involvement and/or criminal
h) Student Reporting
The prevention of school violence requires the help of parents, the community
and the students themselves. Sharing information with school authorities is
honorable and absolutely necessary if troubled students are to be helped and
tragedy avoided. Among the behaviors that should be reported are threats of any
kind, drastic behavior changes, antisocial behavior at home or in the community,
an obsession with violence or weapons, withdrawal, depression, intolerance of
race, religion or sexual preference, or other behavior and attitudes that would
indicate a high level of anger or stress.
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Depending on the situation, failure to report may result in disciplinary
action and/or referral to law enforcement.
REMEMBER: All rumors concerning student safety are investigated! TLC
Charter School takes rumors seriously and would never keep a building open, or
allow an event to be held, if there was evidence that students or staff would be
at risk. If you are concerned about a rumor, call the school.
i) Property Destruction (Vandalism)
It is unlawful for individuals not enrolled in school or students who have been
suspended or expelled to be on school property unless specific permission has
been granted. Trespass is further defined as being in an unauthorized place or
refusing to leave when ordered to do so by a school official. This includes all
school-sponsored events occurring at times other than the regular school day.
Violations of the trespass laws may mean immediate police action.
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j) Police Notification
TLC cooperates with all law enforcement and governmental agencies in every way
possible for the protection of students, teachers and property. Certain
unacceptable behaviors, such as fighting, theft, destruction of property,
disorderly conduct, etc., will result in police involvement.
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The Center furnishes all necessary textbooks to students. Reasonable wear and
tear is expected; unreasonable damage will result in the parents/student being
financially responsible for book replacement. Students will be asked to provide
binders, personal supplies and various study related material.
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l) Child Abuse & Neglect - Mandatory Reporting
Child abuse and neglect are both a violation of children's human rights and an
obstacle to their educational development. When feasible, TLC Charter Schools
will collaborate with community agencies to provide community education for
parents and other caregivers on parenting skills, violence prevention, and on
the problems of child abuse and methods to avoid child abuse/neglect situations.
The Center shall also require staff to participate in in-service programs that
deal with the issues surrounding child abuse/neglect and reporting procedures.
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Staff is legally responsible for reporting all suspected cases of child
abuse and neglect. Under State law, staff is free from liability for reporting
instances of abuse or neglect and is criminally liable for failure to do so.
Children's Protective Services authorities have the responsibility for
evaluating each referral and making the determination to accept for investigation
or screening out as "Information Only" based upon the State's model for Risk
Assessment. Any conditions or information that may reasonably be related to
suspected abuse or neglect should be reported to the appropriate law enforcement
agency and the Department of Social and Health Services.
All staff members who abuse or neglect a child or who fail to report as
required by law and this policy are subject to, in addition to other legal
penalties, disciplinary action, including discharge.
13-3619. Permitting life, health or morals of minor to be imperiled by
neglect, abuse or immoral associations;
13-3620. Duty and authorization to report nonaccidental injuries,
physical neglect and denial or deprivation of necessary medical or surgical care
or nourishment of minors; duty to make medical records available;
13-3620.01. False reports;
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