Dress Code

The Stratton School Dress Code is designed to encourage clothing that is appropriate for a school setting. Parents and students: please take note of the dress code. Students should not show up to school in clothing that is prohibited or inappropriate.

The following items are not acceptable in school buildings, on school grounds, or at school activities:

(1) Any clothing, paraphernalia, grooming, jewelry, hair coloring, accessories, or body adornments that are or contain any advertisement, symbols, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that:

· Refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons

· Are of a sexual nature

· By virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, or other attribute denote membership in gangs which advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior

· Are obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd, or legally libelous

· Threaten the safety or welfare of any person

· Promote any activity prohibited by the student code of conduct

· Otherwise disrupt the teaching-learning process

(2) Shorts, dresses, skirts or other similar clothing shorter than mid-thigh length. All slits, cuts, or openings on shorts or skirts must be mid-thigh or longer as well.

(3) Pants or shorts must be worn on or above the hips.

(4) Shirts or blouses not long enough to be tucked in to shorts, pants, or skirts that bare or expose private parts of the body, including the stomach and back.

(5) Inappropriately sheer, tight or low-cut clothing (e.g., midriffs, halter tops, backless clothing, tube tops, garments made of fishnet, mesh or similar material, muscle tops, etc.) that bare or expose private parts of the body, including the stomach and back.

(6) Tank tops, spaghetti strapped items, or other similar clothing with straps narrower than 1.5 inches in width.

(7) Headbands or handkerchiefs on the head.

(8) No chains will be allowed, other than casual jewelry.

(9) Sunglasses and/or hats worn inside the building. Students attending activities after school hours in the school buildings may wear hats.

(10) Any ornamentation or clothing that draws attention away from the educational process may be disallowed at the discretion of the administration.

(11) Any student who represents the school in extracurricular activities must dress in accordance with the sponsor’s requirements, subject to prior approval by the administration.

(12) Since it is impossible to foresee all possible problems with clothing the administration reserves the right to review and deal with any problems with student appearance.

Exceptions

· Appropriate athletic clothing must be worn in physical education classes.

· Clothing normally worn when participating in school-sponsored extra curricular or sports activities (such as cheerleading uniforms) may be worn to school when approved by the sponsor or coach.

· When a school activity such as homecoming calls for students to dress according to the theme, students are expected to follow the theme, within the school requirements, or wear regular school clothing.

Dress Code Consequences

Any student deemed in violation of the dress code shall be required to change into appropriate clothing or make arrangements to have appropriate clothing brought to school immediately.

If the student cannot obtain appropriate clothing, the student will remain in in-school suspension for the remainder of the school day.

Repeated instances of dress code violation will fall under Level I of the Discipline Code.