West Haven Elementary
Dress Code, Digital Media Devices and Picture Policy
West Haven students are expected to maintain an appearance that is not detrimental to the educational process of the school or distracting to educational stakeholders. Below you will find a few guidelines that will help you determine if your student is dressed appropriately for school.
- Do wear shirts long enough to cover the midriff.
- Do wear pants that aren’t excessively baggy or too tight to be pulled up properly.
- Do wear shorts and skirts that are an appropriate length. (A good way to make sure these items of clothing are long enough is to have your child put their hands to their sides. If their fingertips are touching skin, the item of clothing is too short for school.)
- Do wear shoes that are sturdy and comfortable. It is recommended that students avoid high heels, flip flops and slip-on shoes. (This type of footwear contributes to falls and accidents in the classroom and on the playground.)
- Do NOT wear muscle shirts, shirts that do not cover the ball of the shoulder or shirts with inappropriate or suggestive logos or pictures.
- Do NOT wear headwear including hats, caps and hoodies.
Digital Media Device (DMD) including Cell Phone Policy
West Haven is committed to making sure that a DMD doesn’t infringe on the privacy of others or interfere with our learning environment and safety procedures. In order to do this, the following procedures will apply to the use of a DMD on school property during school hours:
- DMDs (including student cell phones, music and gaming devices, etc.) should not be used during school hours. It is strongly recommended that these devices don’t come to school at all.
- Misuse of the DMD may result in the confiscation of the device. Confiscated devices can be picked up at the school office by parents.
- Three offenses in a year may lead to consequences including, but not limited to, behavior contracts, loss of privileges and suspension.
- The office phone is available for students to contact parents in case of a school issue or emergency. Parents can also call the school to get messages to their child.
- School personnel WILL NOT be held responsible for DMDs that are misplaced, lost or stolen.
- School district policies and State and Federal laws regarding DMDs will be enforced.
Thank you for your support as we work together to provide a productive and safe learning environment for our students.
West Haven Elementary School has many opportunities to recognize students’ accomplishments and activities through photographs. This may take the form of adding a picture to print newsletters, video, TV, email, website, newspaper articles, etc. Parents who DO NOT want their child’s photograph used in this way need to notify their child’s teacher in writing. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or additional concerns about this matter. It is only necessary to return the form if you don’t want your student to be photographed for this purpose.