The Desert Sky Dress policy seeks to strike a balance between the following groups and issues:
- Students: need for independence in decision-making, individuality and comfort
- Parents: desire for clear guidelines, fairness, decency and appropriateness
- Educators: ease of interpretation, need for a safe, orderly school free from distractions to maximize the learning environment
- If a student chooses to wear shorts, the shorts must be at least mid-thigh in length. Appropriate measurement will be a 5-inch inseam. Administrative discretion will determine appropriateness.
- Bike shorts, spandex and other types of excessively form-fitting shorts do not fit our standard.
- Leggings or yoga pants are allowed as long as they are covered by a long shirt or skirt. Administrative discretion will determine appropriateness
- Skirts should be at least mid-thigh in length.
- Measurement will be determined exactly as with shorts as described above, including slits in skirts.
- All shirts, blouses and dresses must have at least a two-inch width on the shoulders.
- Undershirts should not be worn as outer attire.
- Clothing should not expose areas of stomach, side or back. Bra straps should not be visible and cleavage should be covered.
- Any holes in shorts, pants or skirts are not allowed above mid-thigh.
- Pants must be appropriately sized for width and hemmed to a safe length. Underwear/boxer shorts should not be visible.
- Pant size should not hinder a student’s ability to move about easily and safely.
- Pants must be fastened securely at the waist. Belts must remain fastened and conform to the natural waist sizes. The end of the belt should be fastened in belt loop and not hang down.
- Tennis, athletic shoes, loafers, flats, lace-up style shoes, sandals and flip-flops are allowed.
- As a safety precaution, skate shoes with wheels on the bottom, heels over two inches, and steel or otherwise reinforced hard-toe boots or shoes may not be worn at school. No slippers are allowed, except for special events.
- Gang-affiliated clothing, deemed such by local law enforcement officials, may not be worn. Examples include, but are not limited to, hardware chains, bandanas and headbands, multiple safety pins on clothing, slash in eyebrow.
- Clothing worn must not depict inappropriate or negative pictures, messages, symbols or lettering.
- Clothing may not be worn backward unless it’s for an event.
- No pajamas or pajama bottoms may be worn unless it’s for an event.
- There can be no depictions of sex, alcohol, drugs or weapons.
- Piercing must be limited to ears. Safety pins must not be worn in ears.
- Hair color must be natural as to not cause a distraction (unless it’s for a school spirit event).
- All hats must be worn facing forward. Hats are not to be worn indoors. Visors, hoods and beanies are not to be worn indoors.
- No tattoos or fake tattoos, no writing on skin with ink or markers.
We all share the responsibility of assuring that the atmosphere is conducive to learning and fosters an environment of respect. Appropriate dress is often a requisite for employment and, therefore, is a topic consistent with meaningful instruction and consequential student learning.
1st transgression – School staff will notify parents of concerns. Students will be expected to change into appropriate clothing provided by the parent or the school personnel. Students will be welcomed back to class when they meet the Cougar Attire guidelines. Entry in discipline database.
2nd transgression – School staff will notify parents of concerns. Students will be expected to change into appropriate clothing provided by the parent or the school personnel. Students will be welcomed back to class when they meet the Cougar Attire guidelines. Entry in discipline database.
3rd transgression – Parent will pick up child from school.