Saturday, May 5, 2012

Dress code from America

I am giving details of dress code in American schools.
If you read it you will understand that dress code is universal in nature.

Let us see first the Board policy and how it is interpreted by the Cedar Fork Elementary school:

Board Policy:

Inappropriate Dress - Principals shall exercise appropriate discretion in implementing this policy, including making reasonable accommodations on the basis of students' religious beliefs or medical conditions. Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment.  Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene, or which endangers the health or safety of the student or others is prohibited. Examples or 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 product or service not permitted by law to minors; head covering of any kind; see-through clothing; attire that exposes cleavage; any adornment such as chains or spikes that reasonably could be perceived as or used as a weapon; and any attire that is prohibited by Policy 6410 Level III:2, Gang and Gang-Related Activities. Individual schools are free to specify additional examples of dress or appearance that are prohibited at that school under the terms of this policy.

If a student's dress or appearance is such that it constitutes a threat to the health or safety of others, distracts the attention of other students of staff from their work, or otherwise violates this dress code, the principal or principal's designee may require the student to change his or her dress or appearance.

This is what the school says:

We have been very fortunate at Cedar Fork that we have never had significant difficulties with the dress of our students. Student dress code is more frequently an issue of concern in middle school and high school. Still, it is important that we prepare students and families for the expectations they will face in the future while ensuring that students are dressed appropriately for the learning of all now.  One of the most challenging aspects of enforcing a dress code in elementary school is that clothing that might not appear problematic when worn by a kindergarten student might be perceived differently when worn by a fifth-grade student. Out of fairness to our students, we will do our best to enforce the dress code policy equally in all grades. If a student is not dressed appropriately, we will call his/her parents to request that they bring a change of clothes. Sometimes we have extra clothing into which students may change. Further discipline will only be considered if a student's dress continues to be a problem over time. Because the Board policy allows schools discretion, we have clarified some key points below:

1.  Shorts must be to the end of the student's fingertips when the student's arms are resting at his/her side.
Any rips in shorts must be below the end of the student's fingertips.
2.  No low-cut tops.
3.  No spaghetti straps. Straps of shirts must be at least as wide as two fingers. If a shirt is worn off the shoulder, another shirt must be worn underneath.
4.  No bare midriff shirts.
5.  No sagging pants or visible underwear.
6.  No excessive tight clothing.

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