The Leicester School Committee values the rights of students to freedom of expression but also believes that certain basic standards regarding dress must be maintained for the good of the student, the school, and the community; and that school officials, parents, and students must work cooperatively to maintain an acceptable personal appearance standard. It is the duty of the principals to develop clear dress codes consistent with this policy and incorporate these codes into student handbooks. These codes shall ensure that dress does not result in disruptions to the learning atmosphere, and consider student safety and health.

The responsibility for the dress and appearance of the students will rest with individual students and parents. Parents have both rights and responsibilities relating to student dress, ensuring that attire is not destructive to school property, complies with requirements for health and safety, and does not cause disorder or disruption.

While specific codes for student dress may vary for elementary and secondary students, the following are not suitable, or in good taste, for school at all grades and should not be part of student’s attire or grooming:

  1. Clothing advertising drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug use, or which bears inappropriate symbols, obscenities, or defamation, or which could be construed as offensive.
  2. Clothing that identifies the student with a gang.
  3. Clothing that is immodest and/or reveals parts of the body not appropriate in a school setting, including: stomach, buttocks, upper thigh, and chest.
  4. Shoes that pose a safety problem, or contain metal cleats, taps, or wheels.
  5. Metal studs or chains placed on gloves, coats or any part of the pupil’s clothing, including shoes, which may cause danger to other students and school personnel, or may cause damage to school or personal property.

Any student violating school dress codes and this policy will have their parent notified to bring in the appropriate clothing. Any student sent home because of inappropriate clothing will be expected back in school, without delay, properly dressed for class.

Violation of school dress codes and this policy shall be addressed immediately and the cooperation of the student and his/her parents sought from the principal or his/her designee. Repeated offenses may result in progressive discipline.

ADOPTED: Prior to 2013
REVISED: April 12, 2016