Please see below the NCSD Dress Code:
It is expected that the students of Fort Caspar Academy shall maintain their person and clothing in a modest, clean, and orderly manner consistent with the school dress code and compatible with the educational program. In order to ensure that proper appearance of students is maintained, the principal will make the final determination as to appropriate apparel in a questionable circumstance. The principal also has the right to modify the dress code. Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) may be required to bring appropriate attire if the student does not adhere to the dress code.
The faculty, staff and administration is expected to set good examples of appropriate dress. Faculty and staff may dress in attire appropriate for their specific duties.
Apparel shall not be of the type that would detract from the primary purpose of the school, which is academic instruction, nor shall accessories carried by children to school be disruptive to the conduct of the school or hazardous to student welfare.
The following dress code rules are pertinent to both boys and girls:
- Uniforms such as Cub, Boy Scout, Brownies, Girl Scout and the like are acceptable school attire. However, caps will not be worn in the building.
- Shirts or clothing with suggestive words or phrases, pictures and advertisements of cigarettes, narcotics, alcoholic beverages, or any type emblems, pictures or writing not appropriate for school will not be permitted. No concert or music shirts are permitted.
- Sweaters and sweatshirts should not extend beyond the hips. Midriff, upper torso and undergarments may not be exposed, even when arms are extended. The size of shirts or blouses shall be appropriate to the student’s body size and shall not be unduly oversized. Spaghetti straps, tube tops, halter-tops, midriff tops, tank tops, see-through tops or clothing that exposes the upper torso are not allowed. Shirts must not be ripped or frayed.
- Shirts and pants are to be normal-fitting, not being over or under-sized. Shirts must be worn tucked inside pants or skirts, with the exception of sweatshirts, sweaters, and coordinated tops styled to be worn with stretch pants. Belts must be worn with garments having belt loops. Pants shall be worn so that the waistband is worn at the waist and not below the waist. The size of the pants shall be appropriate to the student’s body size and not be unduly oversized. Wording on the seat of pants draws attention to that area and is distracting, so it is not allowed. Pants must not be ripped or frayed.
- Skirts, Skorts, Dresses, and Shorts: Skirts, skorts, and dresses must be no shorter than 2” above the knee and shorts must be no shorter than 4” above the knee. Unacceptable Shorts: Athletic shorts, including spandex-style “bicycle” shorts,cut-off jeans, cut-off sweat pants, short-shorts, running shorts, and see-through boxer-type shorts are not permitted. Shorts must not be ripped or frayed.
- Shoes: No wheels or cleats are allowed on bottoms of shoes. Appropriate shoes are to be worn with socks. Thongs, flip flops, and platform shoes will not be permitted. However, sandals well secured at the toes and ankles will be permitted during hot weather. Socks are optional with sandals.
- Earring(s) will not be worn by boys. Students will not wear makeup while at school. No visible tattoos (permanent or wash-off) are permitted.
- Hair color shall not be unnatural in color.
- Coats and jackets will be removed while inside the classroom. Coats and Jackets are defined as garments designed with an outer shell and a liner with or without added insulation. Lined Jackets are only allowed in the classroom if they are of professional type attire, such as a lined sport coat or blazer, and if all other criteria is met.
- Appropriate head wear for inclement weather is permitted, but must be removed in the school.
- Single layer outer garments, including but not limited to sweaters and vests, may be worn in the classroom over regular clothing subject the following criteria:
- Garments must fit normally and not be oversized or undersized for the student so as not to interfere with academic activities such as writing, hearing, etc.
- Garments should be constructed of a single layer of material such as knit, cotton, fleece or other similar material. Garments to be worn in the classroom may not be lined as defined in “Coats or Jackets” (See Sect. 9).
- Garments must be constructed of a material that is not distracting during class activities. For example, garments which make noise during movement in the classroom are not permitted to ensure all students can hear and be heard.
Dress Code Enforcement
For serious violations of the dress code (attire which is totally unacceptable), parent(s)/legal guardian(s) will be required to make an immediate correction. For minor violations in the dress code, a dress code citation will be issued for each violation with the following consequences:
- 1st-2nd offense: A Dress Code citation will be issued for each offense.
- 3rd offense: A Discipline point will be issued resulting in a phone call to the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) from the principal.
- 4th offense: A conference with the principal, parent(s)/legal guardian(s),and student will be held.
Dress code citation points start over at the end of the 2nd quarter.
Discipline / Ticket System
Fort Caspar Academy is characterized by a very structured and consistent learning environment. The program operates on the concept of mutual respect between students and faculty, common courtesy, friendliness, and cheerfulness. Its purpose is to create a calm and orderly atmosphere in which to teach children the academic skills. There are specific consequences for inappropriate behavior which will be enforced by the staff. We consider our discipline program as a caring stand. We believe children have a right to learn, teachers have a right to teach, and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have a right to be parent(s)/legal guardian(s). At no time will corporal punishment be used by school personnel.
Except for unusual circumstances, the following consequences, which begin over each day, will be adhered to in all classrooms:
- 1st level: Warning from teacher or supervisor.
- 2nd level: 5-minute detention during a designated recess.
- 3rd level: 15-minute detention and a call to the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) by the teacher.
- 4th level: A short visit to the principal’s office followed by a conference with the child, parent(s)/legal guardian(s), teacher & principal after school or before school begins on the next day.
- 5th level: Child sent immediately to the principal’s office. Child sent home for the remainder of day. If the fifth level is reached prior to lunch, the child may return the following morning. However, if the fifth level is reached after lunch, the child may not return to class until after lunch the following day.
To prevent frequent repeat offenses of minor infractions, and to address more serious offenses that may take place anywhere on the school grounds, a point system will also be adhered to. Students will receive points for the following reasons:
- 1 point for reaching level 3
- 2 points for reaching level 4
- 3 points for reaching level 5
(Points are only given for the highest level reached. They are not accumulative.)
1 point will be given when a “SERIOUS OFFENSE” takes place anywhere on school property.
The following will be considered a “SERIOUS OFFENSE” and will result in a minimum of a written citation and a letter to the parent(s)/legal guardian(s), which must be signed and returned the next school day, and one (1) point assigned:
- Roughhousing, fighting, wrestling, attempting to provoke fights, kicking, hitting, or any other type of assault, provoked or unprovoked.
- Obscenity or profanity.
- Insubordination, talking back, or other disrespect of authority.
The citation MUST be signed and returned by the student(s) parent(s)/legal guardian(s) by the end of the third day, or the child will receive one day of out-of-school suspension.
Consequences for receiving points will be as follows:
- 6 points = Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s), student, teacher, principal to have a conference prior to a student attending class on the following day.
- 10 points = Temporary suspension – 1 day of out-of-school suspension.
- 14+ points = Principal’s discretion – could include additional OSS or other appropriate action.
The point system begins over at the end of the 2nd quarter. The principal, teachers, and staff may administer other consequences for disciplinary infractions when necessary.