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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


  • No cut-offs

  • More than 6” above knee

  • Shoulders not covered

  • Distracting







  • No tank tops middle finger or 6” above the knee just as a skirt should

  • No bare shoulders

  • No low necklines or exposed cleavage


  • No tank tops middle finger or 6” above the knee just as a skirt should

  • 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 middle finger or 6” above the knee just as a skirt should

  • 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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