ABSS MIDDLE SCHOOL DRESS CODE 2015-16
According to research by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), a school dress code greatly affects student academic performance and their interaction with other students, positively affects classroom discipline and decreases disruptions, improves school climate by decreasing the negative effects of peer pressure and increases school spirit and pride. Knowing that a safe and orderly environment is the mark of an effective, high achieving school, our system has developed a dress code for all middle school students. The dress code provides specific expectations for safety and appropriate dress in the educational environment. Please use these guidelines in selecting a wardrobe for the school year.
• Clothing must be clean, in good repair, and size appropriate
• Shirttails may be worn out, but must not be longer than the student’s wrist when their arms are extended fully by their side. If the shirttail is longer, it must be tucked into the waistband. This applies to all shirts (sports jerseys, button shirts, etc.)
• All pants must be worn at the waist. A belt is required if pants DO NOT remain at the waist.
• Belts must be buckled and worn at the waistline.
• Sweaters and hooded sweatshirts may be worn BUT they must not go beyond your wrists.
• Dresses, shorts, skirts, and splits must be no higher than the top of the knee, even when worn with leggings or tights.
• Head covering as part of a religious belief or medical need will be allowed.
UNACCEPTABLE DRESS (inside the building)
• Clothing must be worn as designed to be.
• No holes or tears above the knee are allowed in any garments worn by students.
• Bare midriffs, spaghetti straps, halter tops, tank tops with large sleeve openings, tank tops with less than 2” wide straps, basketball jerseys (without a shirt w/ sleeves worn underneath), see-through, mesh, or sheer tops, or shirts/tops that expose the shoulder or under ware.
• Pants must be worn at the waist. Sagging pants are not acceptable.
• Leggings /tights are considered under wear and must be accompanied by dress code compliant outerwear.
• Nothing may be worn with suggestive language or drawings. (some examples may include, but are not limited to: graffiti, gang related symbols, racial, ethnic, and/or sexual slogans or innuendos, pictures or language about tobacco, alcohol, violence, weapons, drugs, language that is disrespectful of others’ beliefs, or images deemed offensive or not in good taste).
• Low-cut or extremely tight tops, tube tops, or any top that exposes cleavage.
• Coats must fit and be appropriate for the season.
• Hats, hoods or other types of headgear. (Includes boys and girls)
• Pajamas, bedroom slippers, shower shoes and sleeveless T-shirts
• Attire that identifies or promotes gang activity or that could be used as a weapon
• Gloves, mittens, and sunglasses
• temporary body art, face paint, writing or drawings on the body
• Clothing with distracting phrases or words
• Shoes with wheels or stiletto heels
Note: Exceptions apply to students participating or taking part in student related activities/functions and other activities approved by school administration. The final decision concerning appropriateness of clothing will be made by the school administration.
1st Time – Verbal Warning & Required to Change Clothes
2nd Time – Written Warning & Parent Contact along with Required to Change Clothes
3rd Time – Required to Change Clothes & Detention
4th Time – Required to Change Clothes & Assigned In-School Suspension – 1 day
5th Time – Required to Change Clothes & Assigned In-School Suspension – 2 days
6th Time – Repeated offenses may result in out of school suspension for noncompliance.