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Dress Code

DCIS expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school-sponsored event. Student dress choices should respect the district’s intent to sustain a community that is inclusive of a diverse range of identities. The school district is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student Our student dress code supports equitable educational access and is written so as not to reinforce stereotypes or reinforce/increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type/size. We believe students should be able to dress comfortably for school without fear of unnecessary discipline or body shaming.

The student dress code supports our goal of inspiring students to learn while leaving primary decisions around student clothing and style to students and their parent(s)/guardian(s). Students are responsible for knowing the student dress code and for complying during school hours and school activities.

The dress code was developed based on the following guiding principles:

    • All students and staff should understand that they are responsible for managing their own “distractions” without the need to regulate individual students’ clothing/self-expression.
    • Student dress code enforcement should not present unnecessary barriers to school attendance.
    • School staff should be trained and able to use student/body-positive language to explain the code and to address code violations.
    • Teachers should focus on teaching without the additional and often uncomfortable burden of dress code enforcement.
    • Any bases for conflict and inconsistent and/or inequitable discipline should be minimized whenever possible.

Our student dress code is designed to accomplish several goals:

    • Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed, such as chemistry/biology (eye or body protection), dance (bare feet, tights/leotards) or PE (athletic attire/shoes).
    • Allow students to wear clothing of their choice that is comfortable.
    • Allow students to wear clothing that expresses their self-identified gender.
    • Allow students to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination.
    • Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories with offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech and pornography.
    • Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories that denote, suggest, display or reference alcohol, drugs or related paraphernalia or other illegal conduct or activities.
    • Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories that will interfere with the operation of the school, disrupt the educational process, invade the rights of others, or create a reasonably foreseeable risk of such interference or invasion of rights.
    • Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories that reasonably can be construed as being or including content that is racist, lewd, vulgar or obscene, or that reasonably can be construed as containing fighting words, speech that incites others to imminent lawless action, defamatory speech or threats to others.
    • Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type/size.

The following text specifies what is and isn’t allowable consistent with the above goals and guiding principles.

  1. All students must ensure that certain body parts are covered at all times. Clothes must be worn in such a way as to fully cover with opaque (not see-through) fabric the genitals, buttocks, breasts and nipples. These requirements do not apply to cleavage. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.
  2. While following the basic principle of Section 1 above, students must wear:
      • A shirt (with fabric in the front and back and on the sides under the arms), AND
      • Pants/jeans or the equivalent (e.g., a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress or shorts), AND
      • Shoes.
  1. Students may wear, as long as these items do not violate Section 1 above:
      • Hats facing straight forward or straight backward. Hats must allow the face to be visible to staff and not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff.
      • Religious headwear
      • Hoodie sweatshirts (wearing the hood overhead is allowed, but the face and ears must be visible to school staff)
      • Fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans”
      • Pajamas
      • Ripped jeans, as long as underwear and buttocks are not exposed
      • Tank tops, including spaghetti straps and halter tops
      • Athletic attire
      • Visible waistbands on undergarments or visible straps on undergarments worn under other clothing (as long as this is done in a way that does not violate Section 1 above).
  1. Students cannot wear:
      • Clothing with violent language or images.
      • Clothing with mages or language depicting/suggesting drugs, alcohol, vaping or paraphernalia (or any illegal item or activity).
      • Bulletproof vest, body armor, tactical gear or a facsimile.
      • Clothing with hate speech, profanity or pornography.
      • Clothing with images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups.
      • Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments (visible waistbands and visible straps are allowed).
      • Swimsuits (except as required in class or athletic practice).
      • Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon.
      • Any item that obscures the face or ears (except as a religious observance).

If you have any questions about the dress code, please contact Dean of Culture Linwood Washington.