Dress Code

Taft Middle School Dress Code 2022-2023
Proposed and passed to Student Governance Team on June 9, 2022

Dress Code Philosophy 

The School Governance Team of Taft Middle School is adopting a new dress code policy for the 2022-2023 school year so that we can grow with our positive and inclusive community. We believe that the responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rests primarily with the student and the student’s parents or guardians and that appropriate dress contributes to a productive learning environment. Therefore our expectation is that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for a school setting or for any school-sponsored event, and that their clothing choices do not interfere with the health and safety of any other student, and do not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any other student

Any school dress code accountability should minimize the potential loss of educational time. Administration and equitable enforcement of the dress code shall be gender neutral, non-shaming and consistent schoolwide. Staff will use reasonable efforts to avoid dress coding students in front of others.

Students should be able to dress and style their hair for school in a manner that expresses their individuality and cultural or religious identity without fear of unnecessary discipline. 

Students and staff are responsible for managing their personal distractions; and we believe that students should not face unnecessary barriers to school attendance.  

Dress Code Policy

  • Students must wear a top, bottoms and footwear to school.
  • Clothing must cover the body as shown in the graphic below.
  • Clothing material must be opaque (not able to be seen through).
  • Clothing must cover all undergarments, waistbands of undergarments included.
  • Hats and other headwear must allow the face to be visible and not interfere with the line of sight to any student or staff. Hoodies must allow the student face and ears to be visible to staff.
  • Closed-toed shoes with secure backs are required.
  • Specialized courses (such as Physical Education) may require special attire, such as sports uniforms, sneakers or safety gear. 

Additional Requirements

  • Clothing may not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
  • Clothing may not depict pornography, nudity or sexual acts.
  • Clothing may not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected groups.                
  • No accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon are allowed.            
  • Clothing, jewelry or personal items may not demonstrate gang association/affiliation.

 

Dress Code Accountability                                                                             

 

Students who do not follow our Taft Middle School Dress Code Policy outlined above will be provided with three (3) options:        

  • They will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.                                        
  • They will be provided with temporary school clothing to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day                                                                                                                   
  • If necessary, parents may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day. 
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