Students are expected to follow the District’s dress and grooming guidelines, as well as any local standards established and approved by the Local School Council at each campus. Students and their parents/guardians are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that modesty, appropriateness and neatness of dress are maintained. The principal and the person in charge of an extracurricular activity may determine the dress and grooming of students participating in the activity. An individual school’s Local School Council may adopt alternative dress standards as long as they remain within the parameters of the District policy.
Berkner High School is aware that dress code has long been a challenge. With today’s fashion’s, choosing school appropriate clothing can be difficult. Ninety-nine percent of our dress code issues concern modesty. A student is not appropriately dressed if the clothing has a distracting influence in school. Students will observe MODESTY in clothing and appearances.
- Current Berkner student ID cards must be visibly worn at all times on provided lanyards. Failure to do so will result in further disciplinary actions.
- Students will wear shoes at all times. No house shoes are allowed.
- Midriff tops, mesh tops, halter-tops, backless shirts, spaghetti straps, one-strap, strapless, off the shoulder, and low-cut tops are not acceptable. Tops must have a shoulder strap at least the width of BHS student ID.
- Shirts that advertise, suggest, or resemble advertisement of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, drug paraphernalia, or any other inappropriate logos (as determined by principals) will not be permitted. Homecoming and/or prom t-shirts whose logos resemble alcoholic/tobacco or sexually explicit images are not acceptable.
- All clothing must be free of inappropriate or disruptive slogans, signs, patches and cannot be gang related.
- Excessively baggy, ripped, or torn clothing is not acceptable; regardless of what is worn underneath.
- “Sagging” of pants, shorts or trousers is not acceptable. Students who choose to “sag” will be given plastic tie straps to secure their pants and be issued discipline consequences.
- Short skirts, shorts, or mini dresses must be no shorter than mid-thigh in both the front and back. Skirts or dresses with high slits are not acceptable. Length of skirts/shorts/dresses must be no shorter FOUR INCHES ABOVE THE KNEE in both the front and back; even if leggings are worn underneath. Students will be required to change and will be issued a detention if any of the dress code is violated.
- A top that reaches mid-thigh must cover form-fitting yoga and yoga-like pants.
- Leggings cannot be worn as pants. They must be covered to a length no shorter than mid-thigh in both the front and back by a skirt, shorts or a dress.
- Lycra, sport, athletic, dance, boxer, biking shorts, cut-offs, or any exposed underwear are not acceptable.
- Pajama pants or scrub pants are not acceptable.
- Tall Tees will not be permitted (even over another shirt).
- Muscle shirts are not acceptable for boys or girls.
- All sleeveless jerseys must be worn with a t-shirt.
- No grills. (Grills will be confiscated and will only be returned to parent or legal guardian).
- Earrings and nose piercings (studs) for all students are acceptable. All other piercings are not acceptable and will be confiscated and only returned to parent or guardian.
While it is inevitable that there will be differences of opinion as to the appropriateness of dress, the final decision will be that of the building principal.
Additional dress code guidelines may be added if deemed necessary by administrators.
The following items will be confiscated and not returned:
- Head covering of any kind may be worn or seen in the building (religious exception).
- Sweatbands and bandannas (of any color) worn anywhere on the body are not acceptable.
- Towels thrown over the shoulder, hanging out of pockets, or carried are not acceptable.
- All chains, locks, and spiked jewelry are not acceptable.
- Sunglasses may not be worn or seen in the building.
Dress code violations will be disciplined and documented in a database to be reviewed by a student’s assistant principal and student’s parents. Habitual violations will result in further disciplinary action. Students sent home for dress code violations will receive an unexcused absence for periods missed. Nothing contained in this dress code shall prohibit regulations of dress, grooming, or appearance of students participating in co-curricular activities by the teacher or coach sponsoring or directing such activities upon prior approval of the principal. Failure to address dress code issues at the first request by faculty is considered insubordination and will result in further disciplinary action.
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