The Department of Education and Training (DET) clearly outlines footwear requirements in schools:
‘Substantial footwear appropriate to a practical activity should be worn. Footwear such as thongs, open weave type shoes, soft slip on shoes, shoes with openings at toes or heels, mesh joggers, fabric shoes, shoes without a heel, platforms or high heel shoes should not be worn’. DET website.
This is DET policy, under Occupational Health and Safety legislation.
Coonabarabran High School Uniform Code requires all students to wear solid, black, fully enclosed, safe, shoes. Parents need to be aware that there is an important Occupational Health & Safety aspect regarding the shoes your child wears at school. The school is not prepared to breach DET policy.
This applies to ALL students in Yrs 7 to 10, plus students in Yrs 11 and 12 studying Technology (Industrial, Textiles & Food), Hospitality, Entertainment, PE, Music and Science courses (including Agriculture & Primary Industries). If a student is required to enter workshops, kitchens, Textiles rooms, Science labs or the School Farm they MUST have a SUBSTANTIAL PROTECTIVE shoe that COVERS the top of his/her foot. ‘Slip on’ type footwear DOES NOT meet these requirements.
All students participating in PE and School Sport are also required to wear a covered LACE UP sports shoe that is suitable for them to participate safely in their chosen activity.
Please be aware that a student will not be allowed to participate in practical or sporting activities if the supervising teacher deems his/her footwear to be unsafe. In this situation, the student will be expected to carry out appropriate alternative work provided by their teacher.
If a student repeatedly fails to complete mandatory practical activities, due to unsafe footwear (or any other reason), it can mean he/she does not meet all required outcomes in the relevant courses. This can have serious ramifications for School Certificate and HSC students (note that Technology is mandatory in Yrs 7 & 8, Science is mandatory in Yrs 7 to 10 and School Sport is also part of the School Certificate program).
*Please refer to the Student Handbook for further information in regard to the Coonabarabran High School general uniform Policy.