Appropriate attire is required of all students during each school day and at all school functions.  Appropriate attire is defined as clothing that would be reasonably deemed not to violate limits of decency, that appropriately covers the body, as defined in section 2 and that helps maintain a healthy and safe environment in school.  Further, expecting students to practice good personal hygiene is part of this school dress policy.


School personnel have the responsibility of enforcing the student dress code policy both in their classrooms and on school grounds.  In the event a student’s appearance detracts from the educational process, constitutes a threat to the safety and health of himself or others, or is in violation of lawful statutes, the school district will take corrective action.


It is the responsibility of the student and parent that the student comply the guidelines of this dress code.


The Board of School Committee has established the following guidelines to assist students in their understanding of the dress code policy:


  1.  Clothing, jewelry, tattoos, or accessories, which through word or design, display the following:

  1. Clothing that exposes the chest, abdomen, midriff, genital area or buttocks, including, but not limited to the following, is not permitted:

  1. Sunglasses/colored glasses are prohibited unless prescribed or authorized by a physician.


  1.  Head coverings (including hats, head stockings, bandanas, or sweatbands) shall not be worn in school except for religious, cultural or medical purposes.

  1. Footwear must be worn at all times. Flip flops are prohibited in grades Pre K through 5.


  1. Safety/protective clothing and footwear, as well as athletic and gym clothing and sneakers, shall be worn as required by the subject teacher or organization adviser while students are participating in specialized activities.  Students wearing a hairstyle that presents a hazard to the learning environment will conform to safety standards as required by the subject teacher.

  1.  Students shall not wear accessories or clothing that could pose a potential danger to themselves, others, and/or property.  This includes heavy chains, spiked bracelets, and/or other items of dress.


  1. Students whose appearance detracts from the educational process shall be given the following options before returning to class:

  1.  Tears or holes in clothing that are patched are acceptable.  Tears that are located below the mid-thigh are acceptable as well.

  1. The Superintendent shall develop regulations with specific consequences to enforce this dress code.




Revised From: 1/05, 5/28/2019

First Reading Coordination:  6/14/10, 4/9/2019

Second Reading and Adoption by BOSC:  6/14/10, 5/28/2019