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Dress Code

The following are guidelines to help promote a quality learning environment.  Attire that distracts from the educational goals of the school is not permitted.  Therefore, a student’s dress must be appropriate for the classroom and for any activity in which he or she participates.  Styles of dress that present a health or safety hazard to the student or other students or are distracting and offensive to other students and faculty or are disruptive to the educational process are not allowed.


  • Clothing that in any manner, displays profanity, alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs including those with inappropriate double entendre will not be permitted. 
  • Attire that features offensive and/or vulgar words, pictures, gestures, or drawings that name, advertise, or promote sexually related products or activities is not permitted.
  • Attire that includes words, phrases, or pictures that are derogatory to one’s ethnic background, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, or disability is not permitted. 


  • No backless shirts or tops are to be worn.
  • Shirts and blouses that expose an inappropriate amount* of the chest are not permitted


  • No midriff shall be exposed when students are standing with their arms hanging at their sides.
  • Undergarments are not to be visible at any time.
  • Skirts and shorts must reach the middle of the thigh OR fingertips must touch the hem of the skirt or short when student is standing.
  • Shorts, skirts and pants must cover the entire hipbone.


  • Footwear must be worn on campus at all times.
  • Attire, articles of clothing, or adornments determined by Administration and/or the Police departments that identify affiliation to any organization, group, associated with, or reputed to be involved in criminal activity is not permitted.


  • First Offense: Send to A.P., change clothing, confiscate item.
  • Second Offense:  Send to A.P. for parent contact/conference, change clothing, confiscate item.
  • Third Offense:  Suspension
*What constitutes a reasonable or inappropriate amount is left to the discretion of the LAHS Administration.  Violations of the dress code will be dealt with in accordance with the LAHS Discipline Plan.