Locs, afros, cornrows permitted in new student hair policy in St Kitts

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Loop News – The Ministry of Education in St Kitts and Nevis has released the new student hair guidelines which will come into effect from September 2023.  

The hair guidelines were established to prevent any potential discrimination related to hair and hairstyles.

The guidelines are aimed to help school leaders foster an inclusive educational environment while ensuring that students’ access to education is not limited.

Here are nine things you should know about the new hair policy for students in St Kitts and Nevis:

  1. Students shall maintain neat and clean hair at all times.

  1. Traditional haircuts, natural locs, afros and cornrows are permitted for male and female students.

  1. Hairstyles must not obstruct the normal view of other students. Natural hair (example afros) or hairstyles for religious reasons or medical requirements must be managed to prevent visual obstructions.

  1. Haircut designs are restricted to two straight lines only. Each line should not exceed 10cm/4 inches in length.

  1. Extensions are permitted for female students only. For safety purposes, extensions should not fall below the shoulders, especially in lab spaces. Buns should not be wider than 10cm/4 inches. Extensions should match the natural hair colour. Students in Nurseries and Preschools are not allowed to wear hair extensions or rubber bands.

  1. Unnatural hair colour, wigs and weaves are not allowed. However, if a female student is suffering from any proven medical condition that causes hair loss (alopecia, scalp infections, lupus, cancer etc) the student will be allowed to wear a wig.

  1. For safety reasons, students in preschool to grade 2 are not allowed to wear beads. Males are not allowed to wear beads. (If a female student in grade 3 or higher intends to wear beads, they must be securely positioned to prevent contact with their eyes). All hair accessories including ponytails, bows and ribbons should match the uniform colour.

  1. Eyebrow markings/lines and eyelash extensions are not allowed. Male students are encouraged to groom their facial hair-sideburns and beards. (Students may remove excess facial hair).

  1. Students are required to follow all safety guidelines for specialised rooms such as Science Labs, Industrial Shops, Home Economics Centres etc.

The Ministry of Education says the aim of the new hair guidelines for students is to create an inclusive and respectful environment that promotes diversity and self-expression in line with school standards.

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