• Our goal at Murray is to support our students in dressing for success. We request that parents partner with Murray staff by reviewing and reinforcing these guidelines with your student.

    Rights/Opportunities

    • Students have the right to choose their manner of dress and personal grooming unless it presents a clear danger to the student’s health or safety, causes an interference with school work or creates classroom or school disorder.

    Responsibilities

    • Students are responsible for wearing clothes that are appropriate for school. To maintain a safe learning environment, student dress cannot be a health and/or safety hazard, obscene, sexually explicit or discriminatory. Clothing that displays words or images that communicate a message that is racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory is not permitted. Clothing that displays references to alcohol, chemicals, tobacco or other products that are illegal for use by minors is not permitted.

    • Students are responsible for abiding by the school principal’s mandated minimum standards of cleanliness and neatness. Students who attend schools that have adopted a school uniform requirement must follow the school’s uniform requirement. For more details, see Board Policy 501.03 and Board Policy 501.04 at spps.org/Domain/13187.

    Murray Specific Expectations

    • When entering the building, please remove hats, head wear and hoods.

    • Footwear is required.

    • Undergarments must be covered at all times, this includes but is not limited to:
         -bra straps
         -underwear
         -men’s tank undershirts

    • Top shirt must cover mid-section, crop tops are allowed with a tank top layered underneath. Mid-section skin must be covered.

    • Leggings are appropriate as long as they are not see-through.

    • Shorts, dresses, and skirts are to be at the end of a students’ finger tips (unless leggings are worn underneath).

    • Clothing advertising alcoholic beverages, or smoking, weapons, or those with obscene, gang-related or questionable printing on them will not be permitted.

    • Sagging pants, pajamas, exposed underclothing, slippers, and clothes that expose too much skin are not allowed.

     

    TIP: Truancy Intervention Program

    How It Works:
    TIP is a three-step process involving progressively intrusive interventions to compel students and their parents to address the truancy problem in a positive manner.


    Step 1
    Students with as few as three unexcused absences may be referred to TIP. The student's family is sent a letter informing them of the attendance problem and requiring them to attend a large-group meeting where an assistant county attorney discusses the legal, social and individual ramifications of continued poor attendance.


    Step 2
    If school attendance does not improve after the initial intervention, the student and parents are required to attend a School Attendance Review Team (SART) hearing. At this hearing an assistant county attorney leads a team of school and other officials in negotiating a contract with the student and the parents.


    Step 3
    If attendance still fails to improve, a truancy petition is filed in Ramsey County Juvenile Court and an expedited hearing is scheduled. A student faces such penalties as the loss of his or her driver's license.