Dress Code

Dress Code Philosophy 

Every student should come appropriately dressed for school. 

Our values are:

All students should be able to dress comfortably for school without fear of or actual unnecessary discipline or body shaming.

All students and staff are responsible for managing their own personal “distractions,” without regulating individual student’s clothing. 

Teachers should be able to focus on teaching without having the additional and often uncomfortable burden of dress code enforcement.

1. Basic Principle

Clothes must be worn in such a way that genitals, buttocks, breasts, and midriff above the belly button are fully covered with opaque fabric. However, cleavage does not have coverage requirements. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories must meet this basic principle. 

2. Students must wear:

  • A shirt (with fabric in the front, back and on the sides and under the arms.)
  • Pants/or the equivalent (for example shorts, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, or a dress)
  • Shoes

3. Students may wear (as long as these items do not violate section 1 above)

  • Fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans”
  • Ripped jeans, as long as underwear and buttocks are not exposed
  • Athletic attire
  • Tank tops, including spaghetti straps
  • Halter tops, provided they reach the top of the belly button
  • Visible waistbands on undergarments or visible straps on undergarments worn under clothing (done in a way that doesn’t violate section one above) 
  • Hoodie sweatshirts (the hood must be down during class).
  • Hats except during class time.

4.  Students cannot wear clothing:

  • that depict violent/sexual language or images
  • that contains images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity)
  • that contains hate speech, profanity or pornography
  • That has images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment
  • that reveals visible undergarments (visible waistbands and visible straps are permitted)
  • Hats/hoodies during class time. The hats must be put into their lockers before entering class.

Physical Education 

For all physical education classes students need a change of clothes that consists of shorts/sweatpants/leggings, a t-shirt/long sleeve shirt and running shoes. All attire for P.E must meet the requirements set out in section 1. 

Shop Classes

Closed-toed shoes are required for these classes, or you will not be admitted to the shops.

Dress Code Enforcement

Students will only be removed from spaces, hallways or classrooms as a result of a dress code violation as outlined in sections 1 and 4.  Students in violation of 1 and 4 will be given three options :

  • Students will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at the school.
  • Students will be provided with temporary clothing.
  • If necessary, the student’s parents/guardians may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student.
  • No student should be affected by dress code enforcement because of racial identity, sex assigned at birth, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, cultural or religious identity, household income, body size/type, or body maturity.
  • Students should not be shamed or required to display their body in front of others (students, parents, or staff) in school. “Shaming” includes, but is not limited to:
  • Kneeling or bending over to check attire fit
  • Measuring straps or skirt length
  • Asking students to account for their attire in the classroom or hallway in front of others
  • calling out students in spaces, in hallways, or in classrooms about perceived dress code violations in front of others; 
  • accusing students of “distracting” other students with their clothing.
  • Students will be asked to remove hats in classrooms, as hats should remain in lockers.  The exception is in shop class and in physical education when outside. This may happen in the company of other students, as it doesn’t fall under the category of shaming.