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SCHOOL DRESS CODE

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The Jim Thorpe Area School District is of the opinion that proper grooming and dress relates to healthy school attitudes and the best learning environment. Good grooming and dress are the responsibility of both the parent and the student. Proper attire is to be worn by all students; therefore, student dress should always be in good taste and appropriate for the business of learning.

Jim Thorpe Area School District’s concern for the health, safety, and well being of all students extends to student dress. We, therefore, offer these guidelines in a helpful way. Under State guidelines, schools have the responsibility to take action against improper dress which:

1. Is disruptive to the school program.

2. Is a health hazard.

3. Is damaging to school property, equipment, or reputation.

4. Is obviously or blatantly indecent or distracting.

Our guidelines indicate that all clothing and accessories be clean, neat, in good taste, and age appropriate.

Attire should not be extreme to the extent that it focuses attention on the wearer. The following is a list of inappropriate articles of clothing and accessories that are expressly forbidden. This list is not inclusive and the sole discretion rests with the district to make a determination on a case-by-case basis.

Authority:

Although the school code does not require that the reasons or the justification be stated by any local Board Of School Directors, the reasons for adoption of this policy include, but are not limited to:

1. Increase school safety.

2. Promotion of positive work ethic.

3. Promotion of civility and respect.

4. Avoidance of peer pressure regarding dress.

5. Decrease the distractions of teasing, bullying, hazing or other harassment.

6. Identification of nonresident students.

7. Reduction of cost of clothing for students.

Applicability:

All students will be subject to this dress policy. All students must report to school on a daily basis attired in compliance with the provisions of this dress policy. This dress policy shall be in effect during the regular school year, during regular school hours and at any school sponsored event during regular school hours.

The following dress and grooming guidelines apply to all students in grades K-12:

Tops

Tops must be one of the following solid colors: navy blue, royal blue, traditional red, black, or white. **A collared top must be worn every day.

Acceptable Tops:

1. Shirts will be long or short--‐sleeved, pullover, golf/polo style shirts with a collar.

2. Standard dress shirts or blouses with a collar (must be tucked into the pants or shorts).

3. Sweaters (such as vests, full torso cardigans, pullover sweaters, V--‐neck sweaters with polo layered garment or crew necks).

4. Turtleneck shirts may be worn either alone or under the regulation shirt.

5. Suit/sport coats are allowed as long as they are of appropriate color.

6. 1/3 zipped fleece with school embroidery with no pockets (purchased at the school store).

7. All tops must be a solid color, which is without patterns, designs, checks, slogans, or pictures.

8. All tops should be appropriately sized.

9. It is preferred that all shirts will be tucked in.

However, any shirt not tucked in should not exceed the halfway point of the pant’s pocket. If this occurs the shirt must be tucked inside the bottoms.

10. Only the top two (2) buttons can be worn unbuttoned, and if buttons of the shirt do not begin at the base of the neck, then all buttons must be secured.

11. All shirts must have sleeves that cover the shoulders.

12. Turtlenecks, mock turtlenecks, plain undershirts, and tee shirts may be worn under the above apparel. Apparel must be navy blue, royal blue, traditional red, or white.

13. Coaches/advisors must meet with administration to verify garments worn on game day are appropriate to be worn to school and fit within the spirit of the policy. Shirts will be tucked in. However, any shirt not tucked in should not exceed the halfway point of the pant’ pocket. If this occurs the shirt must be tucked inside the bottoms.

10. Only the top two (2) buttons can be worn unbuttoned, and if buttons of the shirt do not begin at the base of the neck, then all buttons must be secured.

11. All shirts must have sleeves that cover the shoulders.

12. Turtlenecks, mock turtlenecks, plain undershirts, and tee shirts may be worn under the above apparel.

Apparel must be navy blue, royal blue, traditional red, or white.

13. Coaches/advisors must meet with administration to verify garments worn on game day are appropriate to be worn to school and fit within the spirit of the policy.

Tops

Unacceptable:

1. Hooded and thermal tops of any style are not permitted.

2. All logos other than school sponsored or manufacturer are not permitted.

3. Tank tops, T--‐shirts, sleeveless tops, Henley shirts, mesh tops, sheer tops, bare midriff or any other garments that expose the upper torso will not be permitted.

4. Tops must be worn appropriately and not tied around the waist or shoulders.

5. Shirts may not be see--‐through and garments worn under the shirt may not be visible.

6. Cleavage may not be visible.

Bottoms

Bottoms must be one of the following solid colors: navy blue, black, khaki (beige/tan).

Bottoms

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Acceptable:

1. Casual/dress/corduroy style pants of a solid color (navy blue, black, khaki (beige/tan).

2. Shorts, skirts and skorts are permitted (provided they are of the proper length).

3. Capri style pants.

4. Pleated and plain front bottoms.

5. Bottoms must be worn at the natural waist and fit comfortably.

6. All clothing must be appropriately sized for the child; that is, they must be no more than one regular size larger or smaller than the student actually measures.

7. Belts are permitted to be worn, but they must be of solid colors (black, brown, tan and navy).

8. Belt buckles must have a plain standard belt buckle, free of studs and monograms.

9. Full length leggings and tights may be worn under skirts, provided they are of appropriate color (white, navy blue, black, khaki (beige/tan).

Bottoms

Unacceptable:

1. Undergarment must not be visible, if visible; this will be in defiance of the dress policy.

2. No holes or slits are permitted.

3. No cargo or carpenter pants/shorts are permitted.

4. No more than two (2) front and rear pockets are permitted.

5. Tight form--fitting pants are not permitted.

6. Shorts, skirts, and skorts must reach the top of the kneecap.

7. Fish net stockings are not permitted.

8. No denim pants are permitted (denim is known to have rivets and outside sewn pockets).

9. Pajama pants are not permitted.

Footwear

The predominant color of the shoe/sneaker must be white, gray, blue, black, red or brown.

Footwear:

1. Sneakers or shoes must be worn at all times.

2. No backless shoes may be worn.

3. No open toe shoes are allowed.

4. Heels should not exceed two inches.

5. Footwear with wheels is not permitted in school.

6. If footwear is designed to have laces, the laces must be in the footwear and tied.

7. Shoelaces must match and be white, gray, blue, black, red or brown.

8. Socks must be matching each other and primarily be white, gray, blue, black, red or brown.

Headwear

1. Hats, bandannas, dew rags must be removed upon entering the building.

2. Headbands are to be worn behind the ear to hold back hair and not along the forehead.

3. Sunglasses are not permitted to be worn inside the school building, unless required by an attending physician.

Miscellaneous

1. Chains, studs, or other exposed metal that can cause personal injury or damage to school property are not permitted.

2. Outer wear must be placed in lockers.

3. Purses, pocketbooks, wristlets, or any other type of handbags are not permitted to be carried into the classroom during school hours.

 

4. Embroidery/monogramming with Jim Thorpe School District, Penn Kidder, LB Morris is optional, as sanctioned by the dress code committee.

5. District monogramming/embroidery and logos that are a part of a brand name that reflects the shirts manufacturer and are located in the upper lefthand/righthand corner or sleeve of the top are acceptable.

6. Clothing may be purchased at a vendor of your choice, as long as they conform to the dress code policy.

7. When referring to traditional red, the school district is referring to the color red in the American flag.

8. Students are not permitted to wear wallet chains of any length (if found they may be confiscated by administration).

9. Accessories/jewelry worn in piercing may only be worn in the ears.

10. Accessories/jewelry in all other pierced areas such as nose, brow, tongue, or lip, must be removed.

11. Suspenders are permitted provided they abide with follow the following solid colors (black, navy blue, brown and khaki tan/beige).

12. Excessive amounts of jewelry or excessive size of jewelry that may cause harm or disruption to the student or students is not permitted.

Any item of clothing or jewelry that displays hate messages or is intended to harass, threaten, intimidate or demean an individual or group of individuals because of sex, color, race, religion, disability, national origin or sexual orientation and which, in the judgment of the administration, has substantial risk of creating a disruption to the learning environment and/or school operation, will not be tolerated.

New Enrollee Procedure

Upon enrollment in the Jim Thorpe School District, new students will be granted a grace period of one (1) week before being required to conform to the dress policy.

Discipline Consequences of Dress Code

Parents must be mindful that dress, which may be distractive or disruptive to the learning process, will not be tolerated. Any student violating this dress code will be considered insubordinate and dealt with according to the following penalties:

First Offense- Student will be brought into the building office or designated area and be asked to replace the inappropriate garment. A phone call to the student’s home may be made if a replacement garment is required. Parent

will be provided information of the first offense through a written notice or telephone call from the principal/assistant principal or designee.

Second Offense – Student will be brought into the building office or designated area and be asked to replace the inappropriate garment. A phone call to the student’s home may be made if a replacement garment is required. Parent will be provided information of the second offense through a written notice or telephone call from the principal/assistant principal or designee. The student will be issued a detention.

 

Third Offense – Student will be brought into the building office or designated area and be asked to replace the inappropriate garment. A phone call to the student’s home may be made if a replacement garment is required. Parent will be provided information of the third offense through a written notice or telephone call from the principal/assistant principal or designee. Parent will also be notified that next incident will result in an in-school suspension. The student will be issued a detention.

 

Fourth Offense – Student will be brought into the building office or designated area and be asked to replace the inappropriate garment. A phone call to the student’s home may be made if a replacement garment is required. Parent will be provided information of the offense through a written notice or telephone call from the principal/assistant principal or designee. The student will serve an in-school suspension for one school day. Repeated violations of the standard dress code shall be treated as disruptive behavior as noted in the discipline policy.

School administrators have the final responsibility for interpretation and enforcement. School administrators may give permission for students to dress outside the parameters of the dress code guidelines on planned occasions.

Examples may include, but are not limited to, Spirit Days, Picture Day, Incentive Days, Kindergarten Color Week, etc.

 

GRADES K-6 GYM DAYS

On designated Physical Education days, students may wear a solid pair of red, white, navy blue, black, or royal blue sweatpants, shorts, or wind pants to school.  Students must wear a solid red, white, navy blue, or royal blue t-shirt.  Students may also wear any shirt supplied to them from the school.  Examples may include intramural t-shirts, PTA field day shirts, class grade level shirts, etc.  Sneakers may also be worn on designated physical education days for grades Kindergarten through grade 6.

Students at these grade levels are not expected to change clothes for their physical education classes.  Therefore, it is important that they come dressed as delineated above to be properly prepared for participation.