Dress Code Guidelines
- When developing dress codes, schools must examine the reasoning and justification for each requirement and consider evolving generational, cultural, social, and identity-norms. Requirements should not reflect or promote generational, cultural, social, or identity biases.
- Dress codes must not prohibit a student from wearing clothing consistent with their needs based on their protected identities or from maintaining or wearing natural hair or hairstyles that are closely associated with these identities. For example, dress codes should allow:
- headwear worn for religious observance or disability-related attire; or
- head scarves, do-rags, beads and other hair accessories, short or long hair, locs, braids, and twists.
- Dress codes must be gender neutral and applied uniformly. Dress codes may not prohibit a specific gender from wearing particular attire. A school cannot require gender-specific attire for DOE- or school-sponsored programs or activities. For example, dress codes may not:
- prohibit students who identify as male from wearing skirts, jewelry, or nail polish;
- require only students who identify as male to wear neck ties for yearbook photos; or
- require only students who identify as female to wear dresses at graduation.
- Schools also may not prohibit “distracting” clothing or certain types of clothing that is stereotypically associated with one gender.
- For example, dress codes may not only prohibit miniskirts or camisole tank tops, which are predominantly worn by students who identify as female.
- As an alternative, schools may prohibit all students from wearing revealing clothing that does not provide full coverage of private body parts.
- In order to maintain a positive, safe, and inclusive learning environment, DOE policy prohibits students from wearing clothing in school, on school buses, or during any DOE- or school-sponsored programs or activities that take place on or off school property, which contains language (including slurs), images, or references:
- which discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, religious practices, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or weight;
- to profanity, obscenity, nudity, or sexual acts;
- to threats of violence, injury or harm, or gang affiliation.
Dress Code Violations
Students who do not adhere to the attire code may be provided with allow supports, interventions, and possible disciplinary responses, as set away in the DOE Discipline Code, and any appropriate adjustments to their dress. In determining and implementing supports and interventions, the school should consider the sum of the circumstances, including but not limited to the surveil factors : the scholar ’ s class, home, or residential district position ; the student ’ south age and maturity ; whether there have been anterior incidents regarding the dress code and what steps were previously taken to address them ; and the social emotional status and needs of the scholar.
If a scholar comes to school wearing invest prohibited by the dress code or doe policy :
Reading: Dress Code Guidelines
- The school must notify the student and their parent(s) and discuss the importance of following the dress code and the expectation that the student will adhere to the dress code going forward.
- In those situations where the school determines that an immediate adjustment of the student’s clothing is warranted prior to the end of the school day (e.g., clothing contains discriminatory language), the school must advise the parent and student and discuss options for conforming with the dress code. Adjustments offered should be appropriate and should not be used in a punitive manner or in a way which makes the student feel uncomfortable. Schools can consider asking the student to turn a shirt inside out, cover or replace the clothing until the end of the school day, or offering the student clean alternative clothing if the school has such clothing on hand.
Related DOE Dress Code Resources
extra information on relate DOE policies can be found in the resources listed below .
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