7th & 8th Grade Center Dress Code
A student's appearance should not distract classmates from the important task of learning. Because a relationship between one's appearance and behavior does exist and because an appropriately dressed student is better accepted by his/her peers, attire for students must be reasonable, modest and in such style that it will not cause a learning distraction. The guidelines below are minimum standards, should there be a question regarding clothing or grooming, a principal may be consulted for clarification.
The following decorations and/or designs imprinted upon or attached to the body or clothing is prohibited:
- Symbols, mottoes, words or acronyms that convey crude, vulgar, profane, violent, death-oriented, gang-related, sexually explicit, or sexually suggestive messages.
- Symbols, mottoes, words or acronyms advertising tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.
- Symbols, mottoes, words or acronyms identifying a student as a member of a secret or overtly antisocial group or gang or that identifies a student as a member of an organization that professes violence or hatred toward one's fellow man.
- Excessively large or baggy clothes and sagging pants are prohibited. When appropriate a belt may be required by administration.
- Approved garments must be of a length and fit that are suitable to the build and stature of the student.
- Permitted garments should be clean, in good repair, and have no holes worn through, slashes or rips.
School team apparel or school organizational uniforms are allowed on a game day or on other days as approved by the school's administration. All students participating in approved school activities are expected to comply with required dress and personal appearance regulations of the activity in which they are participating.
- Students should store outwear (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.) in their lockers upon arrival at school. Outerwear will not be permitted in the classrooms, cafeteria, library, halls, or other areas of the school building after arrival unless authorized by the school's administration.
- Scarves, curlers, bandanas, sweatbands or other similar head coverings or adornments shall not be worn to class or within school buildings.
- Caps, hats, hoods or other similar head coverings shall not be worn to class or within school buildings unless prescribed by a physician, previously approved by the school's administration for religious reasons, or approved by the school's administration for a special school activity.
- Sunglasses (unless prescribed by a physician) shall not be worn to class or within school buildings.
- The cut of sleeveless garments must not expose undergarments or be otherwise immodest. Strapless garments are prohibited.
- Shoulder straps of permitted garments must be a minimum of the width of two fingers of the person wearing the garment.
- Bare midriffs, immodest cut necklines, off-the-shoulder shirts or blouses, or bare backs are prohibited. Garments must be of appropriate length, cut and/or fit to meet these requirements while sitting and/or bending.
- Shirts shall not be longer than the fingertips of the wearer with the arm fully expended.
- Sport jerseys shall not be worn to school with the exception of school team jerseys worn on game days or Fridays prior to games.
- Undergarments shall not be visible.
- Outermost lower garments shall be worn at the waist, and shall not extend below the heel of the shoe in length.
- Tights, spandex, or leggings worn as outerwear, baggy pants, bike shorts, bathing/swim wear, sleep wear (including pajamas (, etc are not permitted.
- Shorts and skirts must be of modest length defined as a maximum of 6" above the knee of the wearer or not above the fingertip of the wearer with the arm fully extended, whichever is longer.
- Students shall wear appropriate footwear for protection and hygienic reasons while on school grounds or participating in school activities.
- House shoes are not permitted nor shoes with roller skates.
- Jewelry and other accessories shall not convey prohibited messages as defined above.
- Visible pierced jewelry shall be limited to the ear.
- Dog collars, wallet chains, hair picks, or other chains are not permitted.
A teacher and/or administrator shall have the authority to determine the appropriateness of any attire. In making the determination, the teacher and/or administrator should be governed by whether the attire is offensive, disruptive or distracting to the learning environment.
PROCEDURES FOR RELIGIOUS EXCEPTIONS TO DRESS CODE
- Any student who requests permission to wear any head covering for religious reasons shall submit a written application on the form provided by the School District. The form will be located in the School Superintendent's office.
- The School Superintendent will submit the application to the School Board for consideration at the next regularly scheduled School Board meeting.
- The School Board will review the application and will approve it unless the School Board finds the religious reasons are not sincerely held beliefs, or that the exception would be likely to cause a material danger to safety and security.
- Until such time as the School Board approves the application, the student will conform to the dress code as published. The Superintendent has the authority to approve such application on a temporary basis until the next regular School Board meeting.
- If the application is approved by the School Board for an exception to the dress code, there shall be no change in the approved head wear without further application and approval by the School Board.
- Any deviation by the student from the head wear previously approved by the School Board will result in disciplinary action as provided by the disciplinary guidelines.