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School Process

1. The principal indicates in writing to the Superintendent or designee that the school is interested in beginning the process.

2. The school receives information explaining all requirements and processes.

3. The principal meets with staff and parent groups including school site council to discuss the concept of uniforms/CSD. A meeting must also be conducted in other language(s) appropriate for the school community.

A subcommittee of these groups may be formed to complete the following:

a. Obtain uniform/CSD samples and cost information from a variety of companies.

b. Explore possible ways to obtain financial assistance for families in need.

c. Send written communication to all parents/guardians, staff, and students inviting them to a general information meeting on uniforms/CSD.

4. Hold school information meeting(s) to:

a. Provide opportunities for questions, discussions, input.

b. Display sample uniforms and costs.

c. Discuss process and time line for decision-making and voting.

d. Review district parameters and expectations.

e. Conduct a survey of those present. (If there is a lack of interest and support at this point, and/or complications that cannot be resolved, the school should not consider participating in the program at this time.)

5. Based on an analysis of #3 and #4 above, the school determines whether or not to continue.

6. Conduct the vote only once during the school year by distributing ballots to all parents/guardians by family.

7. Tabulate results of balloting.

8. Publicize the results to the school community.

9. Forward the completed "Request to Participate in School Uniform Program" with supporting information to the superintendent for approval.

10. Provide information regarding the process and semester deadlines for parents/guardians to request CSD waivers.

11. Principal communicates in writing to parents/guardians and students explaining the purchase options and implementation guidelines.

Evaluating Whether to Continue, Rescind, or Modify

In order to discontinue or modify school uniforms/common student dress (CSD), all schools must adhere to the following school parameters, guidelines, and process.

Parameters

1. The principal or designee shall give parents/guardians at least six months notice before a school uniform/common student dress policy is rescinded or modified.

2. The principal must document that the parents/guardians, community members, and staff have had sufficient opportunities to study and address all the related issues.

Guidelines

1. Both the decision to rescind and the decision to modify will be school-based.

2. Surveys designed for use in determining the interest of staff, parents/guardians and students for uniforms/CSD must be prepared in the languages appropriate for the school community.

3. Schools will have district support regarding the conducting of procedures and the evaluation process.

4. Changes to CSD must adhere to the current district policies and procedures.

School Process For Continue, Rescind, or Modify

1. The principal indicates in writing to the Superintendent or designee that the school is interested in beginning the process.

2. The school receives information explaining all requirements and processes.

3. The principal or designee meets with staff and parent groups, including school site council, to discuss the evaluation process and possible changes to the school site's CSD.

4. The process for evaluation of CSD may include the following:

a. Appointment of a school CSD evaluation committee consisting of parents/guardians, staff and principal or designee

b. Parent/guardian survey of incoming and returning students

c. Parent/community meetings

d. Newsletter articles

e. Census data (number of students in CSD compliance on any given day)

f. Staff input

g. Percent of waivers

h. Effect on the learning environment

i. Effect on student academic performance and behavior

5. Anecdotal information

6. The principal or designee conducts school information meeting(s) to:

a. Provide opportunities for questions, discussions, and input

b. Discuss process and timeline for decision-making

c. Review district parameters and expectations

7. In order for the Board to approve any school site recommendations, the school must document that the guidelines and school process were followed. The final decision on whether or not to continue, rescind, or modify common student dress should be based on but not be limited to the following:

a. Percentage of students who are on waivers

b. Effect on student performance and behavior

c. Effect on the learning environment

d. Results of the parent surveys

e. Input from staff

8. The principal or designee reports the recommendation with supporting information to the Superintendent/designee.

9. The principal or designee publicizes the results of the decision to the school community.

Exhibit PETALUMA CITY SCHOOLS

version: May 24, 2011 Petaluma, California