ABSS MIDDLE SCHOOL DRESS CODE 2018-2019
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.
The appearance of any young person is primarily the responsibility of that individual and
his/her parents. Each student is expected to maintain an appearance that is neither
distracting to other students nor disruptive to the educational environment and healthy
climate of the schools.
Headwear: No hats, bandannas or other types of headgear or sunglasses may be worn in the building.
Clothing: Student dress and grooming should meet minimum standards of hygiene and be presentable for the educational environment. No clothing may be worn which is provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar or obscene; which endangers the health or safety of the student or others; or which might reasonably be expected to cause substantial disruption or material interference with school activities. Examples of prohibited dress or appearance include, but are not limited to, exposed undergarments; sagging pants; excessively short or tight garments; bare midriff shirts; strapless shirts; attire with messages or illustrations that are lewd, indecent or vulgar or that advertise any kind of product or service not permitted by law to minors; see-through clothing; attire that exposes cleavage; any adornment such as chains or spikes that could reasonably be perceived as a weapon; and any symbols, styles or attire
associated with intimidation, violence, or violent groups about which students at a particular school have been notified. Individual schools may adopt more specific dress codes, consistent with this policy. Reasonable accommodations shall be made on the basis of religious beliefs or medical conditions. For a first offense, students will be given a warning and required to change clothes.
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 the appropriateness of clothing
will be made by the school administration