Wednesday, July 11, 2018

LMSD Board Sets Policies for 2018-2019 School Year

The Louisville Municipal School Board met on Tuesday evening and set policies for a number of
issues for the upcoming school year. These include policies on drug testing, cell phone usage, bullying and cyber-bullying, graduation requirements, attendance, discipline and grading.

Any changes in these policies will be instituted in the upcoming student handbook that should be available on the District’s website in the latter part of next week. Of most interest to parents are changes to cellphone policy and dress code.

Changes to the cellphone policy are significant and center more upon usage than possession. Under the new guidelines for the 2018-2019 school year, cell phone usage (or any electronic device) is prohibited during school operating hours. The only exception is if a teacher requires usage within a class for instructional purposes. This usage must be approved by the school’s principal. Use is not prohibited when students are at extracurricular events away from the school such as ball games, field trips, etc.

Expressing concerns about cyber-bullying and texting, Superintendent Grierson said the policy
change is more about usage than possession. “We’re not going to search bookbags for phones.” Grierson indicated that if the phone is not taken out and/or used inappropriately during the school day, a student shouldn’t have a problem.

Violation of the rules will result in confiscation of the device and a parent must come to the administration to retrieve. Second and multiple violations will result in confiscation of the device for extended periods of time.

There are only two significant changes to the uniform dress code in all schools and both involve tops or shirts allowed. The traditional Polo or Oxford shirt  must be in your school's colors but collarless “spirit shirts” of any color are now allowed at anytime. Spirit shirts include any shirt that displays logos, labels, insignias, print, writing, or monogramming or that promotes any school organization associated with the home school.

The other significant change is that shirts are no longer required to be tucked inside the bottoms.

The student handbook and the dress code specifications are being completed and should be available soon on the District’s website. The following information was released today by LMSD concerning the Dress Code for 2018-2019.