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UNDERSTANDING DRESS CODE. A PARENT’S GUIDE TO INTERPRETATION & ENFORCEMENT. Importance of a student dress code. A dress code promotes a more serious school atmosphere which emphasizes academics and promotes good behavior .

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understanding dress code

UNDERSTANDING DRESS CODE

A PARENT’S GUIDE TO INTERPRETATION & ENFORCEMENT

importance of a student dress code
Importance of a student dress code
  • A dress code promotes a more serious school atmosphere which emphasizes academics and promotes good behavior.
  • Dress codes have proven to increase student achievement by reducing potential distractions in the classroom.
  • Dress codes in school settings reduce social conflict and peer pressure that may be associated with appearance. 
  • Studies indicate that a school dress code can reduces the prevalence of certain behaviors which are often expressed through wardrobe such as violence or promiscuity. 
  • As opposed to uniforms, dress codes still allow students to wear what they want which leaves students with a sense of choice and expression.
enforcement guidelines
Enforcement guidelines
  • Staff will use the 3 D’s – Discreet, Diplomatic, Detailed
  • 1st offense – lunch detention/All others – 2 demerits
  • The student will be given a chance to remedy the situation for the remainder of the day after they receive the consequence (ex. put on jacket)
  • If no remedy exists, the student will be sent to the office loaner scrubs for remainder of day
rules of thumb
Rules of thumb
  • Shorts/skirts must be appropriate in length and come down to the tip of the middle finger OR at least 6” above the knee
  • Leggings/yoga pants may only be worn if accompanied by a top of sufficient length that it adheres to the same guidelines as a skirt
  • No visible cleavage or butt cheeks
  • Covered shoulders necessary
  • No spaghetti straps or tanks
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No cut-offs

  • More than 6” above knee
  • Shoulders not covered
  • Distracting
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Butt checks not covered

  • No cut-offs
  • No midriff tops
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No spaghetti straps

  • No tank tops regardless of strap width
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No tank tops

  • Pants too tight
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Yoga pants with tops that do not come down to the tip of the middle finger or 6” above the knee just as a skirt should

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No tank tops

  • No bare shoulders
  • No low necklines or exposed cleavage
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No tank tops

  • No bare shoulders
  • No visible bra straps or lace
  • No shorts shorter than 6” above knee or down to the tip of the middle finger
be pro active about dress code
Be PRO-ACTIVE ABOUT DRESS CODE
  • Take time to discuss dress code with your child and emphasize your support of school policies
  • Try to catch violations at home so the potential embarrassment of being cited for a dress code violation at school can be avoided
  • When in doubt, play it safe
  • Call the school office if you have any questions on dress code terms and policies
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