Middle school is a time of physical, social, and emotional development for students. That development does not take place at the same rate for all students, so clothing that may fit one student appropriately may not be appropriate for another student. To ensure appropriate dress, students will be held to the following guidelines:
• Students should not wear clothing that is excessively tight or loose. Clothing should not be worn that draws attention to what is normally considered “private parts” such as cleavage, buttocks, crotch, or undergarments. This includes excessively tight yoga pants, pajama pants, or leggings worn under any other garment not considered appropriate by this policy.
• Students should not wear clothing that exposes cleavage, bare midriffs, excessive skin above the knee, or undergarments. Clothing should not have excessively large holes or slashes anywhere. Likewise, mesh or see-through clothing is inappropriate if it reveals body parts or undergarments not allowed under other provisions of this policy. No halter tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps, or other sleeveless/cutoff shirts are allowed. Pants should not sag below the waist.
• Students should not wear shorts or skirts that are excessively short. Skirts or shorts should reach the knees.
• Students should not wear anything with vulgar, explicit, or derogatory pictures, symbols or language. This includes clothing advertising for drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
• Students should not have hats or other head coverings except on school approved Spirit Days. They should also not have sunglasses (except by prescription), gloves, chains or oversized coats/bags. Bandanas are not allowed at school.
• Hair should be a natural color.
• Ear piercings should be the only visible piercings. Students may be asked to remove any other piercings during the school day.
• Footwear should be appropriate for daily wear and not pose a safety concern. House shoes are not appropriate.
The school principal will be responsible for interpreting the dress code and evaluating clothing as acceptable or not. If a student violates the dress code and a staff member addresses it, the student will be asked to change or contact parents to bring a change of clothes and not wear that item again. Disciplinary action may be taken if a problem becomes repetitive or leads to other disruptions.