Policies and Regulations

Dress Code

The Lawson Academy student dress code is devised by a committee composed of students, parents, teachers, and the administrative staff. It is our collective belief that students develop school pride not only by attaining honor in extracurricular activities and in scholastic accomplishments, but also by maintaining high standards of behavior which are reflected in their dress and grooming.

    • Boys and girls are expected to be clean, neat and appropriately dressed each day.
    • Hairstyles and fashions, which cause or may cause a distraction are unacceptable.
    • Appropriate undergarments are expected.
    • Expensive or irreplaceable jewelry should not be worn to school.
    • For the purpose of safety, particularly in lab settings, female scholars should not wear dangling accessories.
    • Male scholars are not to wear earrings at all.
    • Sunglasses, 3-D glasses, colorful plastic necklaces or bracelets, or any accessories not mentioned in the Dress Code policy are not permitted.

The administration of The Lawson Academy reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the appropriateness of clothing and/or accessories.The Dress Code Policy will be enforced with consistency. The student dress code applies to all students while they are on campus, whether during the instructional day or during ancillary classes other than sports. Determination of the appropriateness of attire for special events/activities rests ultimately with the faculty/staff and administrators. Violations of The Lawson Academy Dress Code will result in disciplinary action.

The Dress Code Exists for Four Reasons:
1. To insure the health and safety of everyone in the learning community.
2. To foster a positive orderly school climate for optimal academic success.
3. To avoid unacceptable disruptions to the learning environment.
4. To expose students to appropriate dress habits in preparation for the professional workplace

Dress Code Violation Procedures

1st Violation Phone call to the parent and a violation letter sent home with the student.
2nd Violation Parent Conference and loss of school privilege, including enrichment activity.
3rd Violation Detention and/or other consequence determined by Director of Schools.

If the violation is one that can be corrected, such as removing a colored undershirt, it should be done so immediately. If a student is not wearing the appropriate top or bottom, a phone call will be made to the parent in an attempt to correct the problem. Frequent violations of the Student Dress Code could lead to more serious consequences up to and including detention and/or civil remuneration.

Code of Student Conduct: Rights and Responsibilities

The Lawson Academy teachers and administrative staff have the right and responsibility to respond to student acts of misconduct that interfere with the goals of education. Students and parents are expected to become familiar with the provisions outlined in The Lawson Academy Code of Student Conduct. Carefully review the responsibilities of the students, parents, teachers, administrators and the school board. All stakeholders must work together to ensure the educational and social development of the child.

Parents and students are to review the information below and sign and return the acknowledgement page.

Level I:

These offenses generally occur in the classroom and can be corrected by the teacher, i.e., excessive talking, getting out of a seat without permission, or any other disruptive act which violates the S.T.R.O.N.G. principles.

Level II:

These offenses are more serious than Level I and/or represent the student’s inability to control Level I misconduct. Level II offenses call for administrative intervention, i.e., disrespect of faculty/staff members, horse playing (or “playing”), or using vulgarity or profanity.

Level III:

These offenses seriously disrupt the educational process in the classroom, the school, and/or at school related activities, or are a continuance of repeated Level I or Level II offenses. Level III misconduct may result in student suspension and optional removal to an alternative education program, i.e., gang-related activity, stealing, persistent bullying, and deliberate destruction of school and/or The Lawson Academy family property.

Level IV:

This type of misconduct involves more serious criminal offenses. This includes any felony, whether school related or not, inclusive of those for which expulsion is required.

Fire Drills

State law mandates that the school conducts periodic fire and emergency evacuation drills. At the request of their teachers, students are expected to exit the building quickly and silently. It is imperative that students follow directions so that teachers can take attendance and insure that every student has cleared the building. During these drills, students’ failure to adhere to these expectations is considered a severe behavior violation.

Lost And Found

Many items are lost and found during the school year. When lost items are found, they are placed in the Lost and Found on both campuses. We encourage students to secure their personal items to avoid losses. Please check the lost and found frequently, as items are boxed up approximately once a month and donated to a local charity.

The Lawson Academy is not responsible for lost or stolen items.