The purpose of having a dress code is to maintain a positive and safe school atmosphere that is conducive to a serious learning environment for all of our students. The following rules apply to define our dress code.
General Dress Code Requirements
- Shirts and blouses will not come above the waistband of the pants or skirts when both arms are fully raised above the head.
- Shirts and blouses with spaghetti straps or tank tops may not be worn to school.
- Pants with belt loops shall be worn with a belt that is properly fastened. Pants shall be worn so that the waistband is worn at the waist and not below the waist. No underclothing may be exposed.
- Skirts, skorts, shorts and dresses shall be no shorter than mid-thigh in length.
- Shorts and capris can be worn August through September 30 and after May 1. Shorts must be hemmed to the knee of the student wearing them. Female students may wear skorts and Walking/Bermuda shorts that meet knee-length requirements.
- Appropriate sizes shall be worn by all students. Oversized or undersized clothing will not be permitted.
- Makeup that is distracting to the learning environment may not be worn to school.
- Shoes must cover the child's entire foot. Shoes exposing the toes or large portions of the foot will not be permitted.
Students may not wear clothing, jewelry, buttons, haircuts, tattoos, hats, scarves or other attire or markings that are offensive, suggestive or indecent, such as:
- Clothing associated with gangs.
- Clothing encouraging the use of drugs, alcohol or violence.
- Clothing associated with discrimination on the basis of age, color, handicap, national origin, marital status, race, religion or gender.
- Clothing exposing the torso or upper thighs such as see-through garments, mini-skirts or mini-dresses, halters, backless dresses, tube tops or tank tops without an over-blouse or shirt, bare midriff outfits, or shirts or blouses tied at the midriff.
- Clothing not properly fastened or with tears that are indecent.
- Clothing with outer garments traditionally designed as undergarments such as boxer shorts, bloomers, tights or hosiery or pajama bottoms.
- Clothing or footwear that is construed by the principal, teachers and/or school security as hazardous or dangerous to the health of the student or others, such as flip-flops, rollerskates, heeley's, high platform shoes, Crocs or open-toed shoes.
- Shorts that are spandex-style "bicycle" shorts, cut-off jeans, frayed jeans or pants, cut-off sweat pants, short shorts (not mid-thigh in length), running shorts and see-through boxer type shorts are not to be worn to school.
- Large pieces of jewelry such as thick chains and large pendants may not be worn around a student's neck or hanging from their clothing. Large bracelets and long dangling earrings may not be worn to school.
Enforcing the School Dress Code
When a school staff member feels that a student is not properly attired for school, that staff member will refer the student to the school principal and/or school security. The principal will enforce adherence to the school dress code. The prinicipal will have final authority to decide if clothing complies with the school dress code.
If the principal judges a student's dress to be inappropriate, the office will contact the student's parent/guardian. The parent will be asked to bring a change of clothing to school for the student. If the parent is unable to bring a change of clothing for the student, the student will be issued a school t-shirt or pants to wear for the school day. If no clothing can be retrieved from home, the student will be isolated and provided work for the balance of the day.
Repeated violations of the school dress code can result in disciplinary actiom according to the school's discipline plan for unruly conduct. If a parent/guardian needs assistance in purchasing clothing for his/her child, please contact the office.