Revisions to policies on the dress code and extra-curricular eligibility passed quietly and unanimously Thursday evening at the Lake Forest School Board meeting.


    Revisions to policies on the dress code and extra-curricular eligibility passed quietly and unanimously Thursday evening at the Lake Forest School Board meeting.

    No citizens spoke for or against changes to either policy, which was a departure from the heated discussions that have been standard for the past few months while the resolutions were debated.

Dress code
    The revised dress code is similar to the existing one, but with a few tweaks.

    Students will now be allowed to wear black bottoms and gray shirts or blouses. Also, the shade of blue will not be an issue; all blues will be permitted.

    Shirts with logos or emblems will be permitted if the logo is small, according to the new policy, and on the right or left side of the chest.

    Board member John Moyer III asked about spirit wear, specifically about what students would be allowed to wear for spirit weeks or special events, to which Superintendent Dr. Daniel Curry replied in those cases the attire should be at the principal’s discretion.

    Undershirts and camisoles will need to be solid white, blue or gray and not longer than the outer shirt. Cowlnecks now will be permitted. Collared, cardigan or hooded sweaters and sweatshirts will be allowed as well in white, blue or gray, as long as collared or turtleneck shirts are worn underneath and hoods are not worn up.

    Shirt piping, which was debated at previous meetings, no longer will be allowed.

Extra-curricular activity eligibility
    Under the revised extra-curricular eligibility policy, students in grades six through 12, with the exception of ninth grade, will be allowed to participate in activities as long as they receive no less than a 76% average and no more than one failing grade. The failing grade must be at least a 60%.

    Ninth-graders, because of the challenges of transitioning to a new environment, will be allowed to participate with a 70% average and no more than one failing grade, also 60% or higher.

    Advanced placement and honors classes with weighted grades will be weighted each marking period instead of at the end of the class to comply with the eligibility standards.

    Another point that pleased people at past meetings was the addition of a clause stating that students who meet DIAA regulations can petition the school to be allowed to participate in activities. In addition to the DIAA standards, these students must have an overall attendance rate of 95% or higher (above 90% if all absences are excused), no zeros in any class for failure to turn in an assignment and no serious discipline violations.

Rising food costs
    Carolyn Scott from the district’s Child Nutrition Services department spoke in favor of raising prices for student lunches.

    Elementary student lunches will go from $.90 to $1, with middle and high school lunches going from $1 to $1.25.

    Scott said the drop in revenue and rising food prices have made it difficult to serve a variety of food to students. Mandates that require schools serve healthful, and sometimes more expensive foods, haven’t helped, she said.

    She finished by saying that when food, fuel and labor prices go up, as they all have, it turns into a perfect storm for child nutrition services and limits what they can offer.

    “I want those students to find something that they can eat when the go through that line,” she said.

    The board unanimously agreed to the raise in prices.

    After the price hike, Lake Forest’s offerings still are the cheapest in the state, along with other schools that charge the same amount.