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Dress Code
Personal APPEARANCE (Student Dress Code)

Philosophical Basis
The goal at the Appoquinimink School District is to create an environment conducive to learning and appropriate for an educational setting. With this in mind, the following conditions have been adopted for students attending school in our district. Items of clothing not specifically covered in the list below can be prohibited at the discretion of the administration. Students in violation of the dress code will be required to change into clothes which meet the school expectations. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.

Specific dress standards may be required in classes such as but not limited to CTE Classes, laboratories, or physical education for health and safety reasons.

Elementary:
  1. Headwear of any type may not be worn – male and female. (Note: The only exception to this rule is documented religious or medical reasons.)
  2. Outerwear is not permitted while in the building.
  3. The length of skirts, skorts and shorts must be at least mid-thigh.
  4. All shirts must cover shoulders, cleavage, stomach and back.
  5. Footwear must be worn at all times. (Flip flops, Healey’s and bedroom slippers are not permitted.)
  6. Clothing must be worn as intended:
    • Pants must be worn properly and are to be pulled up and secured at the waist.
    • Undergarments are not to be visible.
    • Pajamas are not permitted.
  7. Apparel that advertises, glorifies, or symbolizes any illegal substances or any substances illegal to minors, containing derogatory phrases, profanity, or glorifies violence or criminal behavior are not permitted to be worn.
  8. Students may not wear lewd, suggestive, or excessively tight clothing with writing on the buttocks, spiked jewelry or long chains.
Middle School:
  1. Headwear of any type may not be worn – male and female. (Note: The only exception to this rule is documented religious or medical reasons.)
  2. Outerwear is not permitted while in the building.
  3. The length of skirts, skorts and shorts must be at least mid-thigh.
  4. All shirts must cover shoulders, cleavage, stomach and back.
  5. Pants are to be pulled up and secured at the waist. Visible holes above the knee that expose skin are not permitted.
  6. Footwear must be worn at all times. (Bedroom slippers are not permitted.)
  7. Clothing must be worn as intended.
    • No undergarments may be visible at any time.
    • Pajamas are not permitted.
  8. Students may not wear any garment that would be considered a distraction.
  9. Apparel that advertises, glorifies, or symbolizes any illegal substances or any substances illegal to minors, containing derogatory phrases, profanity, or glorifies violence or criminal behavior are not permitted to be worn. 
  10. Students may not wear spiked jewelry, long chains or lewd and suggestive clothing.
High School:
  1. Headwear of any type may not be worn – male and female. (Note: The only exception to this rule is documented religious or medical reasons.)
  2. Outerwear is not permitted while in the building.
  3. Shorts and skirts are acceptable attire; however the length must be at the knee which includes the front, sides and back view.
  4. All shirts must cover shoulders, cleavage, stomach and back.
  5. Pants are to be pulled up and secured at the waist. Visible holes above the knee that expose skin are not permitted.
  6. Footwear must be worn at all times. (Bedroom slippers are not permitted.)
  7. Clothing must be worn as intended:
    • No undergarments may be visible at any time.
    • Pajamas are not permitted.
  8. Students may not wear any garment that would be considered a distraction.
  9. Apparel that advertises, glorifies, or symbolizes any illegal substances or any substances illegal to minors, containing derogatory phrases, profanity, or glorifies violence or criminal behavior are not permitted to be worn. 
  10. Students may not wear spiked jewelry, long chains or lewd and suggestive clothing.
Chapter III:
Responsibilities
Students have the responsibility:
  1. To follow guidelines for dressing and grooming in a manner which shows cleanliness, promotes safety, and demonstrates respect for themselves and others.
Rights
Students have the right:
  1. To dress and groom as they choose as long as they do not disrupt the educational process or endanger the health and safety of themselves or others as outlined in established school guidelines.

Violation of Dress Code (S0291):

Students are required to adhere to the dress code that is outlined in Chapter II: Student Rights and responsibilities. When a student is in violation, he/she will be required to change into acceptable attire and may not be allowed to return to class until in compliance.

GRADES K – 5: Level II Offense
First Offense
REQUIRED:
    • Reprimand
    • Parent/guardian notification
Subsequent Offenses
REQUIRED:
    • Detention and/or suspension (1 to 3 days)
    • Parent/guardian notification
    • Parent/guardian conference
GRADES 6 – 12: Level II Offense
First Offense
REQUIRED:
    • Reprimand and/or detention
    • Parent/guardian notification
OPTIONAL:
    • Cancellation of privileges such as, but not limited to, parking pass, PBS activities and/or after school activities.

Subsequent Offenses
REQUIRED:
    • Detention (1 to 3 days)
    • Parent/guardian notification
    • Parent/guardian conference
OPTIONAL:
    • Cancellation of privileges such as, but not limited to, parking pass, PBS activities and/or after school activities.