Dress Code

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    Student Dress Code

     

    All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions.  Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance.  Teachers and all other district personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting.

     

    A student’s dress, grooming, and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up and nails, shall:

    1. Be safe, appropriate, and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.  Sunglasses should not be worn in the building.

    2. Recognize that extremely brief garments, such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines below armpit height (front and/or back) and see-through garments are not appropriate.  Extremely short skirts and shorts are prohibited (length must go beyond mid thigh).  Shoulder straps must be at least 2 inches wide.  The midriff area should not be visible.  Tops must cover the midriff area, sitting, or standing (the navel and back must be covered).  Shirts with cuts down the side should not be worn.

    3. Shorts, pants, or skirts with rips, tears, or holes that reveal skin above the mid-thigh area are prohibited.  If tight leggings are worn, a longer shirt should be worn to provide appropriate coverage.

    4. Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing. This includes bra straps.

    5. Include footwear at all times.  Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.

    6. Exclude wearing hats, caps, hoods of sweatshirts or other head coverings in school or in the classrooms except for a medical   purpose or on days designated by the school administration.

    7. Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion/ creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

    8. Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.

    9. Not include wallet chains, spike jewelry, and other heavy chains because of the potential safety hazard and because they are disruptive in class and can damage school property.

    10. Not include bizarre items of attire or costumes.

    11. Not include pajamas.

    12. Not include clothing (including clothing with writing) or appearance which will tend to be upsetting to other persons present on school premises, as determined by teachers or staff of the school.    If the student disagrees with the conclusion of the teacher or staff member, they may seek review by the Principal or Superintendent.  If the student is unhappy with the decision of the named Administrators, the student can request a further review by the Board of Education.

      Each building principal or his/her designee shall be responsible for informing all students and their parents of the student dress code at the beginning of the school year and of any revisions to the dress code made during the school year.

      This Code is a guideline and is up to the discretion of the staff to determine appropriateness as needed.  Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item, if necessary or practical, and replacing it with an acceptable item.  Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, up to and including a suspension for the day.  Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out of school suspension.