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Parent Handbook

The Parent Handbook serves as a broad-based guide to the most frequently asked questions about policies and procedures at LCTA. These school policies are in addition to the Alexandria City School Board Policies.

Uniform Policy

View samples of uniform components (PDF).

Dress Uniform (non-PE days)

  • Navy blue slacks, jumper dress, polo dress, walking shorts, skirt or skort

  • White or navy collared short or long sleeve shirt (buttoned or polo)

  • Plain navy, black or white socks OR navy or white tights
  • Black, dark brown or navy dress shoes OR sneakers (mostly white, black, gray or navy)
  • Optional: solid white or navy sweater (cardigan, crew neck or v-neck to be worn over collared shirt)

PE Uniform (PE days only)

  • Navy blue sweatpants, shorts, skort or athletic pants (no dresses or skirts)

  • Plain white or navy short or long sleeve t-shirt or LCTA logo t-shirt

  • Plain navy or white socks
  • Sneakers (mostly white, black, gray or navy)
  • Optional: solid white or navy sweatshirt (traditional or fleece, crew neck or zip, no hoodies)

Additional Guidelines


Clothing must be clean and without tears, holes or missing buttons.


Traditional uniform-style bottoms and dresses only. No cargo pants or shorts. No lace or tutu/ballerina skirts. No capris, blue jeans or denim material. Navy leggings, yoga pants or bike shorts may be worn under a dress or skirt, but not alone. Shorts, skort and skirt length must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee. Pants length should be at the ankle. Pants and shorts must be worn at the waistline.


Plain front collared shirts only (with the exception of the LCTA logo). No ruffle-front shirts other than small ruffle trim on collars. No tank tops, camis or undershirts as outerwear. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Shirts should be long enough to fit and remain tucked inside of skirts, shorts, skorts or pants. No sweater vests or blazers.

Shoes and Socks

Closed-toed and closed-heel shoes only. No shoes with lights, skates or heels over 1 inch. No flip flops, sandals, deck shoes, clogs, crocs, or boots. No multi-colored or designed tights or socks.

Weather Gear

Rain and snow boots may be worn to school, but must be changed to uniform shoes in the classroom. No hats or scarves inside the building while school is in session.


Belts must be worn with any piece of clothing that has belt loops (black, navy or brown).


No additional accessories allowed. Minimalistic and tasteful hair accessories only in plain, solid colors such as navy, brown, black and white.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures


The front doors open for students promptly at 7:45 a.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m.

Bus riders will report to the cafeteria until the first bell rings at 7:45am.


Dismissal begins at 2:35 p.m. Students participating in after-school programs are dismissed at 3:50 p.m.

Kiss and Ride

Parents who are driving their students to school may use the kiss and ride drop off/pick up lane. Please pull your vehicle inside the yellow safety cones next to the front entrance of the school. A school staff member will be available to assist your student in and out of the car. Please do not leave cars unattended in the kiss and ride lane.