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2016-2017 High School Dress Code

DRESS CODE

Each student should select suitable clothing for school and for the day’s weather conditions. Styles and types of clothing worn change from time to time; the school recognizes this fact and will make allowances for such changes to a certain point. Appropriate clothing will be worn to present an example of decency and good character and will not be of a disruptive nature. Some general guidelines for student dress are as follows:

 

  1. Students must wear appropriate shoes, boots, or sandals. No house shoes/slippers with soft soles.

  2. Pajamas are not to be worn in school.

  3. No clothing worn shall have writing, drawings, or emblems that are obscene, derogatory, or that make inappropriate or suggestive innuendoes. (This also means no writing on the buttocks of clothing)

  4. Clothing with pictures or ads for liquor, tobacco, or controlled substances is prohibited.

  5. Blouses, t-shirts, shirts, etc. must extend to at least the top of the student’s pants, skirt, or shorts. Shirts and dresses for girls and shirts for boys must have sleeves and cover the shoulder.  Halters, backless clothing, see-through garments, strapless tops, spaghetti straps/narrow straps, tank tops, sleeveless shirts or bare midriffs will not be permitted.  Shirts that fail to cover the back, sides, or stomach when worn normally are unacceptable.  

  6. Tops that hang excessively low below the neck or armpits will not be allowed.  This includes shirts or dresses exposing cleavage.

  7. Undergarments must always be covered.

  8. Extremely short or revealing shorts/skirts/dresses will not be permitted.  The length must be such that it is not distracting or offensive to others.  The general rule of thumb shall be that the hem of the shorts/skirt/dress should, at a minimum, be at the fingertip with arms hanging normally at the individual's sides. Athletic cut shorts must meet this requirement on the front and back of the short.

  9. Trousers and shorts must be pulled up to an appropriate level, zipped and fastened, and worn as designed to be worn.

  10. Leggings, spandex, yoga pants and compression pants (any form fitting stretch pant) must have a skirt, shorts, long tailed shirt, or dress of appropriate length worn over the top or they will not be permitted. The length is required to be the same as the length in item 8.

  11. Clothing styles, unusual grooming, jewelry, piercings, or tattoos that create disorder, either in the classroom or while attending school-sponsored activities, are not acceptable.  Additionally, face paint or other distracting make-up is not allowed.  The wearing of chains is also prohibited.

  12. Students are not permitted to wear caps, hats, bandanas (applies to guys and girls), scarves, hoods, nylons, sunglasses, other headwear, etc., in the school building.  (Scarves worn around the neck are acceptable)

  13. Wearing, possession or distribution of clothing or paraphernalia that could be construed to be gang related will be prohibited.

  14. Any clothing that might be used for the purposes of concealment will not be allowed.

  15. Teachers of specific courses where safety or health is a factor may require certain clothing or certain adjustments to hair or clothing during class.

  16. Students participating in or attending an extracurricular activity as a spectator must dress according to the school rules and the sponsor or sponsoring organization’s requirements. When wearing team apparel to school, it must meet the school dress code expectations.

  17. Formal dress wear shall not have any openings in the midriff area. Two piece prom dresses will NOT be allowed. Questionable dresses need to be approved by the high school office.  

 

  1. It is important to note that the rule of good tastes overrides the specifics of all aspects of the dress code. Just because a piece of clothing meets the specific requirements of the dress code policy, it may still be deemed inappropriate if it disrupts the educational process, adversely impacts the learning environment, or endangers the health or safety of students, staff members, and community members.

  2. When a student's appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications or be sent home.  Repeated violations of the dress code could result in additional punishment.

  3. Standard approach to dress code violations will be: Correct the problem and get an after school detention or go home to correct the problem and get an after school detention. (Time missed to correct dress code issues will count against student’s attendance.)

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