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High standards of dress promote good citizenship and a positive, wholesome, and safe learning environment. The appearance of our student body reflects upon the climate of our school. Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and grooming that are acceptable in a positive learning environment. Teachers and administrators have discretion in making judgments relating to the appropriateness of dress.

BOOKBAGS – no rolling book bags allowed, unless a doctor’s note is provided.
All PE clothes may be kept in a small draw string bag – but must be left in locker until elective time.
NO small book bag type or oversized purses are allowed.
Book bags/draw string bags may not be worn during the school day, they must be left in the lockers until needed.
Attire should be neat, clean, and in good repair.
Nothing will be worn that will be offensive to any race or sex, or which displays profanity, weapons, alcohol, or drugs in any form.
Winter coats/jackets may be worn to and from school only. Heavy coats/jackets will not be worn in the building or from class to class. These items may be stored in the student’s locker.
Hats, bandanas (all colors), head wraps, headbands that tie, headbands with ornaments such as ears, puff balls, stars, or other will not be worn for any reason during the school day. (plain headbands are permitted)
Sun glasses will not be worn during the school day.
“Sagging” or “bagging” of clothes is not permitted. No low-rise pants. Boxers or gym shorts should not be seen below waistbands.
No clothing is to be worn that will allow a student’s undergarments to be visible.
Any form of gang evidence is prohibited. This includes bandanas, rolled up pant legs, and specific markings on clothing or body (due to permanent ink).
Pants with rips or holes above fingertip length may be worn ONLY if leggings are worn under the pants. Rips or holes below fingertip length are permitted.
Leggings, jeggings, stretch pants, and yoga pants will not be allowed unless they are covered by long shorts, a dress, or a skirt that is of appropriate school length.
Skirts, dresses, and shorts must pass the fingertip test and meet administrative approval. Long t-shirts are not allowed in place of a dress. They may however be worn with shorts that pass the finger-tip test.
Form fitting (clingy) clothes that silhouette the body will not be allowed, to include body suits or dresses.
Strapless, spaghetti strap or, shirts with cutouts (on the body) will not be allowed.
No revealing tops and all cleavage is to be fully covered.
Sheer, see-through, or lace shirts (regardless of undergarments) will not be allowed.
All female tops without sleeves must be at least 1½” wide at the shoulder to be allowed without a cover-up.
For males-no tank-tops or sleeveless shirts will be allowed.
The body’s midsection/torso should be covered at all times.
Bedroom clothes, pajamas, or lounging pants are not to be worn.
Bedroom slippers or shoes that appear to be bedroom slippers are not to be worn.

All dress code violation consequences are at the discretion of the administration, students who break the dress code repeatedly may receive In-School Suspension.

If a student is not in dress code, they will report to the office and will be asked to call home to get an appropriate change of clothing. If a parent/guardian can not provide more clothing, the student will spend the rest of the day in ISS. After September 28th, all dress code violations will be put in writing and sent to administration for further action.

Published by Marisa Owen on July 17, 2018
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