Dress Code Policy

Dress Code Policy: DRAFT (Up for Review with Students, Staff & Parents 2017-2018)

NOTE: This policy is currently under review and is in draft form until consultation with students, parents and staff are completed by the end of June 2018 under the direction of the Principal.

Rationale: This draft policy on dress code aims to create a positive middle school environment that asks students to dress in a manner that is comfortable to them, conducive to their learning and in accordance with their gender identity. This draft dress code also contributes to the safety and well-being of our students while they are in school or while participating in school activities and learning in our community.

The responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rests primarily with the student and their parents or guardians.

Allowable Dress & Grooming

  • Students must wear clothing including both a shirt with pants or skirt, or the equivalent and shoes.
  • Shirts and dresses must have fabric in the front and on the sides.
  • Clothing must cover undergarments, however waistbands and bra straps are excluded.
  • Fabric covering all private parts must not be see through.
  • Hats and other headwear must allow the face to be visible and not interfere with the line of sight to any student or staff. Hoodies must allow the student face and ears to be visible to staff.
  • Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including physical education, science labs, wood shop, and other activities where unique hazards exist.
  • Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.

Non-Allowable Dress & Grooming

  • Clothing may not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, vapour products or other controlled and illegal substances.
  • Clothing may not depict pornography, nudity or sexual acts.
  • Clothing may not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected groups.
  • Clothing must not threaten the health or safety of any other student or staff.
  • If the student’s attire or grooming threatens the health or safety of any other person, then discipline for dress or grooming violations will be consistent with discipline policies for similar violations.

Students unable to comply will be required to change/cover-up and may call home for alternate clothing or use school provided items temporarily. (Adapted from PPSD)