Student Dress Code PolicyThe primary responsibility for appropriate dress and grooming resides in the home. However, dress and grooming that poses a clear and present danger to health and safety, is distractive, or interferes with the educational process, is something that must be addressed at school. Please help your child make good choices when dressing for school. The ultimate decisions regarding appropriate/inappropriate dress will be determined by the Park Orchard administrative staff or his/her designee. The last thing we want to do is have parents come-in to drop off a change of clothes or send a student home for being inappropriately dressed.
In addition to this, Park Orchard’s administration expects the following:
- "Clear and present danger to health and safety" is defined as: Clothing or shoes that are unsuitable for the weather or physical activity. Clothing, shoes, hair style, or accessories that might cause an injury to self or others in an activity the student is participating. An example of this is saggy pants. Students may trip while walking on campus, playing at recess, or during PE activities. Students wearing saggy pants to school will be expected to use string provided by the school to keep their pants up for the remainder of the day. Footwear needs to keep the foot safe and secure. Shoe laces should be tied tight enough that when walking or kicking a ball, the shoe remains on the foot. Lightweight sandals, slippers, or flip flops are not appropriate.
- "Distractive" is defined as: Garish or immodest clothing, visual or auditory accessories that disrupt the classroom (stickers, glitter, jewelry), offensive perfumes or body odors, and excessive lack of personal hygiene. Shorts, dresses, and skirts must be "finger-tip" length. Tights or spandex pants need to be covered to mid-thigh with a shirt or blouse. Shoulders must be covered. No crop top, tank top, thin strap, or midriff length shirts. No face decorations or hair dye. Non-religious headgear, including headbands, bandannas, visors, ear muffs, hats, caps, do-rags, scarves, hoods, and sunglasses are NOT to be worn in the building.
- "Interfere with the educational process" is defined as: Clothing or accessories that might be destructive to school property or detrimental to the educational environment. Some clothing and accessories may be associated with certain gangs and their activities; these may be distracting or intimidating to other students. Muscle shirts and clothing with language or pictures that do not support the positive image of our school will not be permitted (i.e. drug related, tobacco or alcohol advertisements, etc.).
- Shirts and tops must cover the shoulders, chest, back, and stomach. Inappropriate tops include tank tops, spaghetti straps, bare midriff, and see through styles.
- Pants should fit and be worn at the hips. Inappropriate pants include those that expose underwear, are worn below the hips, saggy or baggy pants, excessively tight pants, pajama pants, and pants that are frayed, tattered, or have holes.
- Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be hemmed and reach at least fingertip length with arms extended down at the sides regardless of layering underneath.
- Hats and hoods and non-religious headgear are not to be worn inside school buildings. This includes headbands, bandannas, visors, ear muffs, hats, caps, do-rags, scarves, hoods, and sunglasses.
- Clothing logos may not contain references to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, profanity, gang affiliation, sexually explicit or degrading messages, or be deemed offensive or inappropriate by the administration.
- Studded jewelry, chain-like neckwear, or wallet chains may not be worn.
- No slippers of any kind.
- No gloves worn inside the building during the school day.
- Attire displaying skulls or skeletons are acceptable so long as they do not: displaying violence (blood, weapons, fighting), promote drug/alcohol use, and/or accompany inappropriate language.