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School Dress Code


Student Dress Code

Based on the belief that school is a place of business where students are learning both academic and social skills, it is our intent and responsibility to provide a safe campus for all of our children and staff. We therefore require that they dress appropriately.

Clothing should be suitable for school. This includes wearing shoes with socks and clothing that permits full and safe participation during recess, noon recess, and physical education activities. Shoes or boots with high elevated heels, sandals, flip-flops and open-toed shoes are not safe for children at school. Clothing should be clean and not distracting or in violation of common decency. Hair should be neatly groomed and trimmed.

The following are not acceptable for wear at school:

  • Halter tops, tube tops, bare midriffs, mid-cut shirts and scooped-out tank tops
  • Clothing that advertises such substances as alcohol, cigarettes and drugs
  • Clothing that utilizes double play on words, obscenities, profanity or is suggestive in any way
  • Long, dangling earrings or large hoop earrings
  • Hats or caps, including baseball caps (except on rainy days)

Very short shorts, underwear and bicycle shorts must be covered with clothing.

Law enforcement agencies have identified the following as dress standards that affect the safety of students. They are therefore not permitted for wear at school:

  • Clothing that contains symbols of violence, sex, narcotics, alcohol or tobacco, vandalism and other acts of crime
  • Pants and shorts that do not stay up without a belt
  • long wallet chains
  • Clothing that contains elements such as symbols, signs, slogans, or words that degrade any culture, gender, religion or ethic values
  • Gang-style wear includes monikers, bandannas, beanies, hair nets, long cut-offs with high socks, overalls with dangling straps or the bib turned down, dangling belts or suspenders, webbed belts with initials or any combination of letters defined as gang-related by law enforcement on the belt
  • Clothing that exposes underwear
  • Pants with split seams, staples. tacks or safety pins
  • Shower caps or rollers
  • See-through mesh shirts

In the event a student's attire does not conform to the dress code, parents will be contacted to bring or send a change of clothing to school. If violations persist, a parent conference will be held. This statement is in keeping with the Winnetka Avenue School Dress Code Policy in order to provide the best possible instructional atmosphere for all children and adults at our school.