Bluford Elementary STEM Academy
Dress Code and Appropriate Dress Guidelines
The Standard Mode of Dress and Guidelines for Appropriate Dress combined with school rules and the academic programs will promote a positive and productive learning environment. The policies and procedures governing the SMOD and Guidelines for Appropriate Dress will help diminish peer pressure, eliminate competition school dress, and promote student safety by eliminating clothing that expresses negative messages and obscenities on parts of the body and by eliminating clothing which exposes the chest, abdomen, private areas, legs or buttocks.
The dress code and student appearance guidelines are consistent with the district policy, which states that principals may maintain written guidelines to assist students in determining appropriate dress for school, copies of which shall be made available to parents and students. Students, parents and staff should be involved in the formulation of the guidelines. These guidelines apply to attendance while at school and may apply to all school activities, including but not limited to after-school activities and events, and off-campus activities, such as school field trips. Throughout the school year, several days shall be scheduled for spirit days and students can wear spirit wear; however, students must adhere to the guidelines for acceptable student dress. On those days, students may be asked to participate in theme related activities and to dress accordingly. Themes and activities will be communicated to parents.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ADHERE TO THE STANDARD MODE OF DRESS.
TOPS: Plain, solid color, collared shirts (polo style or button down) in school colors (white, royal blue, navy blue, light blue and golden rod).
School spirit t-shirts, collared shirts, long sleeve t-shirts and sweatshirts with school logo. These items will be available through the school.
BOTTOMS: Pants, shorts, skorts, and skirts in khaki, black, or navy. All pants, shorts, skorts, and skirts must be worn appropriately at the waist, and should be knee length.
SHOES: Shoes should be closed toe and closed heel for safety reasons. Colors include but are not limited to black, brown, and white.
SPIRIT DAYS: Student are encouraged to comply with spirit days. These days will have a school-wide theme. It is acceptable for students to dress out of dress code on these days; however, strict adherence to the "Guidelines For All Clothing Worn By Students" is expected.
Appropriate Dress Guidelines
- All pants must remain at the waist; belts preferred to assist a waist fit. Pants should not appear several sizes too large. Sagging pants presents a safety hazard.
- All shirts and blouses must not have exposed midsections, and no exposed under-garments. Students are not permitted to wear spaghetti straps, halter tops, bare midriff, tube tops, strapless tops or boxer shorts unless the purpose of wearing these items serves as unseen garments.
- Shorts, skirts and skorts should be at knee length.
- Intentionally altered clothing (i.e. split pant legs, cut up shirts, etc) is not permitted.
- No scarves, "do rags", headbands, wristbands, hats or bandanas of any type are allowed on the school grounds, school functions, or school buses. Exceptions to this include items required for health, safety, or religious purposes. Documentations is required for proof of this exemption. School staff members are expected to confiscate this attire.
- No slippers or bare feet are allowed. Students are recommended to wear close-toe shoes. Students may not wear flip-flops, or wear their sneakers or boots untied or any other shoe that presents a safety hazard. For safety purposes, students may be excluded from certain activities if they are not dressed properly.
- Jewelry and other accessories (such as cell phones) that present a risk to the general welfare of other students or that present distractions in the learning environment are not allowed.
Noncompliance With Dress Code and Student Appearance Guidelines
If there is evidence that a student's attire, appearance, pr property violates these guidelines and dress code, the principal or "building designee" shall take corrective actions. Enforcing the dress code and guidelines will be the responsibility of faculty and staff members and principal. Students who attend school or school functions dressed inappropriately may be subjected to the following:
- Require that the student remove or change the article of clothing item. Noncompliance may result in non-participation in the school activity or function.
- Contact the parent. Parent will be required to bring a change of clothing for the student.
- Placement in an alternate learning environment, or in school suspension, at the school.
For repeated violations, further discipline action may be the result.