School is preparation for whatever job a student eventually
has. School is where every student goes to 'work' each school day. Every
work place has specific dress requirements. These dress requirements
are similar to minimums required for most work places. Even though it
is not fair, what you wear often determines what people think about you.
Dress at school must be appropriate; it cannot be disruptive to learning,
unsafe, or gang related. Dress that has writing or images related to
alcohol, weapons, violence, tobacco, drugs, sex or gangs, or containing
any obscenity, harassing or demeaning words is inappropriate. Chains
may not be worn and all jewelry must easily break away for the safety
of the wearer. Footwear suitable for outdoors must be worn at all times.
This means: no flip-flops, Adidas or one-strap sandals, bedroom slippers
or slides, or oversized shoes.
Hats, bandannas, sunglasses, coats,
jackets, backpacks, bags, fanny packs, purses, or similar items are to
be placed in lockers upon entering the school and remain in the locker
during the day.
Clothing that is too revealing is inappropriate for school
or work. Examples of inappropriate clothing includes those which: allow
undergarments to be seen (too small or tight, see-through or sagging),
exposed midriffs, or low-cut tops or sides, are strapless or have top straps
less than one inch wide, shorts or skirts that are too short (shorter than
four inches above the kneecap). Solid leggings (not transparent leggings
or hosiery) or long pants, must be worn with skirts or shorts less than
4 inches above the knee cap.
Clothing that is unsafe or may hide unsafe
items is inappropriate. This includes clothing that is too large, baggy, or
bulky. Examples include oversize jeans; oversize shirts; jackets, quilted
vest, oversize windbreakers, etc.; or backpacks,bags or purses. Pants that
are too big to stay up above the hipbones without a belt are too baggy for
school and overalls need to have straps hooked correctly. Students may
wear a fitted sweatshirt or fitted sweater to help stay warm during colder
weather. It is a good idea to keep one in your locker. Pajamas and pajama
bottoms are not allowed.
If a staff member indicates a student is dressed
inappropriately, the student will need to change clothes. This will be
accomplished by having parents bring appropriate clothes to school, or
exchanging for clothes provided by the school. The student will be asked
to sign a Dress Code Contract. Continued offenses are considered Willful
Disobedience and may be subject to discipline sanctions.