Fashion is always changing and our students are often on the cutting edge. Let's make sure we work together to ensure that what we are wearing promotes a safe learning environment for all students and maximizes student engagement in learning.
At the start of each day, ask yourself if what you are wearing is appropriate for school. This includes, but is not limited to, items bearing a lewd, vulgar, or obscene message, promoting products or activities that are illegal for use by minors, or displaying objectionable emblems, signs, words, objects, or pictures communicating a message that is racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory to a protected minority group or which connotes gang membership.
Hoodies: Many students find comfort in wearing a hoodie. Students wearing hoodies should demonstrate they are engaged in their learning and should not have earbuds in their ears. Students who are not engaged will be provided a reminder of learning expectations and then asked to remove their hoodie if it interferes with their learning.
Hats: Hats are not allowed to be worn during the school day except on special occasions. Hats should be kept in students’ lockers between the hours of 7:45 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. Why no hats? Our experience in middle school is that it has become a distraction for students. Frequently sharing hats, or taking them off people's heads are common occurrences that pose health concerns (lice) and significant distractions in the hallways, lunchroom, and classrooms.
Enforcement: Staff/administration has the prerogative to ask students to change clothes should a concern arise. If an infraction occurs at school, our staff will be respectful in having a conversation with the student about the concern. This will be done privately and allow the student an opportunity to seek clarity and ask questions.
Students: If a staff member asks you to remove your hat or turn a shirt inside-out please respond respectfully. If you believe what you are being asked to do is unreasonable or unfair, you may seek clarity from the staff member respectfully or speak to administration or your guidance counselor.