LESTER PRAIRIE Lester Prairie School Board approved the 2018-19 student handbook after discussion during its July 16 meeting.
Board Member Marc Sebora asked how the section related to student appearance is enforced.
He noted different people have different standards.
The policy states:
Dress and Appearance
“Dress and grooming styles that create a disruption of the learning process within a classroom must be avoided. Undergarments/straps must not be showing. Tube tops, short shorts, sport’s bras, short shirts that reveal an open midriff and/or exposed back, and spaghetti strap tops are not acceptable. Words or pictures which are profane, vulgar, lewd or contain inappropriate connotations, such as clothing or articles depicting alcohol, tobacco, or any other substance illegal for minor use, are not permitted. This includes T-shirts, jackets, books, etc. Students will be sent home to change or a T-shirt will be provided to cover up with if they are dressed inappropriately. Parents will be notified and expected to bring appropriate clothing to school for their child.”
Principal Nat Boyer said if the potential infraction involves a female student, Counselor Christine Mattson and a female member of staff would investigate. If it involves a male student, Boyer and a male member of staff investigate.
Boyer said the school has not had a lot of problems with this policy, and students are not out of compliance.
Students may not like it, Boyer said, but when made aware of the situation, they have made the necessary changes.
Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt said the purpose of the policy is to avoid disruption of the learning process.
The board also approved the following handbooks:
• coaches handbook;
• player/parent handbook;
• volleyball handbook; and
• basketball handbook.
During discussion prior to approval, the board reiterated the importance of all coaches supporting all sports at the school.
Recently-hired activities director Trent Sukalski said he thinks it is important for all coaches to support each other, and he will be addressing that issue.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• approved a new contract with Alice Daak, business manager;
• approved a new contract with Kelly Elling, human resources/payroll;
• approved Anna Willems as junior high volleyball coach;
• approved the district’s long-term facilities maintenance plan for 2019-2028.
• approved school lunch prices for the 2018-19 school year (no change from the 2017-18 prices).
• heard from Schmidt that the required handicap accessible parking spaces have been paved in the parking lot.