Dress Code

 

Purpose

The Board recognizes every student’s right to freedom of expression in speech, written or oral, as that right is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court.

The Board also recognizes its obligation to provide schools where the health, safety and welfare of the students who attend our schools are given paramount consideration and where a positive learning environment must be maintained.

The Board is aware of its obligation to make every effort to minimize the opportunities for student disruption and/or distraction in the school.

The Board believes that a standard dress code policy will address issues related to the health, safety and welfare of the students and the maintenance of a positive learning environment.

Authority

The district, by the authority granted to it under the law, hereby immediately imposes a standard dress code policy for grades K-12 for all district students.

The administration reserves the right to amend the dress code for clothing styles that become trends which are associated with anti-social behavior or have a disruptive influence.

Guidelines

During instructional school hours and at any school-sponsored event on or off school property, no student shall wear any apparel or jewelry that by words, signs, pictures or combination thereof appearing on said clothing or jewelry advocates or promotes sexual activity, violence, or the use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs, or demeans, or degrades another because of race, sex, religious persuasion, national origin, handicap or disability.

The Board is cognizant of the diversity of the students within the school district. Certain students may have a religious preference which precludes the adherence to the standard dress code policy and the parents/guardians are directed to inform the school administration and accommodation will be made accordingly. Any parent/guardian whose children may suffer as a result of economic hardship is directed to advise the school principal and such cases will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Dress Code

Students are required to be dressed according to the standard dress code policy. This may be a combination of the following options:

BOYS:

  1. Khaki/dark navy, gray, and black slacks (No cargo or baggy style).
  2. Khaki/dark navy, gray, or black shorts – approved length (No cargo or baggy style).
  3. Any solid color long or short sleeve golf shirt, button down dress shirt, crew neck, V-neck with or without approved school logo (No tank tops).
  4. Shoes, sneakers.
  5. Approved accessories – sweaters, sweatshirts without hoods, turtlenecks, vests, mock turtlenecks, compression pants, and socks – any solid color. Compression pants must be worn under shorts that are no more than four (4) inches above the knees.
  6. Gym clothing: sweatpants, shorts, athletic pants and appropriate shirts.
  7. Underclothing is not permitted to be seen through outer clothing.

GIRLS:

  1. Khaki/dark navy, gray, and black slacks/capri pants (no cargo, baggy style, or low-rise).
  2. Khaki/dark navy, gray, and black shorts – approved length, no more than four (4) inches above the knee (No cargo or baggy style).
  3. Any solid color long or short sleeve golf shirt, dress blouse, crew neck shirt, v-neck shirt with or without approved school logo. (No tank tops, or midriff shirts that expose the skin).
  4. Shoes, sneakers, coordinated socks.
  5. Skorts, skirts, dresses, and jumpers, in khaki, dark navy blue, gray, or black must be no more than four (4) inches above the knee.
  6. Approved accessories – sweaters, sweatshirts without hoods, turtlenecks, vests or mock turtlenecks, socks, tights, stockings, with or without school logo.
  7. Gym clothing – sweatpants, shorts, wind pants, appropriate shirts.
  8. Underclothing is not permitted to be seen through outer clothing.

General Guidelines:

1. Clothing must be of proper fit.

  • Clothing should not exceed one (1) size beyond correct size.  
  • Skintight and form fitting clothing should not be worn. The following items are prohibited:
    -Leggings
    -Yoga Pants
    -Jeans or denim material pants of any color
  • Leggings and yoga pants are also prohibited on dress down days. Jeans are permitted on dress down days.

2. Casual athletic and workout type clothing is not permitted.  The following items should not be worn:

  • Sweatpants,
  • Athletic pants and shorts,
  • Warm-up pants,
  • Any pants or shorts made from sweatpant material.
  • The items listed above are permitted on dress down days for all students and on gym days at the elementary school.

3. Any MCA shirts or sweatshirts without hoods of any kind are permitted, but must include MCA, Mount Carmel Area, or a Tornado Logo.

4. MCA shirts or sweatshirts without hoods can also be worn that represent an MCA athletic team, club, or activity listed in the attachment to this policy. Shirts from NCCTC are permitted.

5. Any clothing items must be reviewed and approved by the administration before they are advertised, sold, or worn as dress code approved apparel. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall establish an approval process for dress code clothing.

6. Hooded shirts of any kind are prohibited.

7. Hats, bandanas, headbands, gloves, chains and belts with protruding pointed studs, are not permitted.

8. Studded jewelry or studded accessories of any kind are prohibited.

9. Flips flops and sports sandals (“Slides”) of any kind are prohibited.

10. Mutilation, i.e., purposely cutting holes or tearing clothing is prohibited.

11. Jeans are not permitted on gym days at the elementary school.

12. Corduroy is permitted.

13. Leather clothing is not permitted.

14. No shoulder bags of any shape or size are permitted.

15. Wristlets no more than 5 inches x 8 inches may be carried.

 

 

New students entering the district shall be granted a grace period of two (2) weeks before being required to conform with the dress code.

Principals can use their discretion to designate specific days that permit students to wear other types of clothing.

Any student who violates the dress code/school standard dress code policy shall be subject to the following:

  1. 1st offense – Notify parent/guardian to bring in appropriate clothing. Student will remain in the Student Support Room until proper attire is provided by parent/guardian.
  2. 2nd offense – Parent/Guardian meeting is required. Student will remain in the Student Support Room and be assigned detention.
  3. 3rd offense – Parent/Guardian meeting is required. Out-of-school suspensions will occur.

Repeated violations of the standard dress code shall be treated as disruptive behavior as noted in the discipline policy.

*** This form must be used to seek approval of dress code compliant clothing intended to be used as fund-raising items or for students to purchase.