CCSA Answers: Suspending Students for Failure to Wear a School Uniform

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September 13, 2013

Question: Although all of our students and their parents sign a uniform commitment agreement, we have several students who are arriving at school without their uniforms on a regular basis. Can students be held in in-school suspension until they arrive with a school uniform or a parent arrives with a uniform for them?

Answer: Under the Charter Schools Act, each charter petition must describe the procedures by which students may be suspended or expelled. While each individual charter school has discretion to determine the specific consequences that may apply for failing to wear a required school uniform, which may include suspension, all charter schools requiring school uniforms should clearly identify these consequences and outline the procedures for implementing them in their student discipline policy. Some charter schools also choose to implement a student discipline contract or uniform agreement, which outlines the expectations for wearing a uniform and identifies the consequences that will follow if these expectations are not met. Regardless of what policies a school has adopted, the school must ensure that all students and parents are informed of the uniform policy and implement the policy consistently for all students.

Additional information on this topic can be found in "Pupil Suspension and Expulsion Policy and Procedures" on ccsa.org

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