The dress code in school is NOT considered an issue of morality or decency. It is also NOT established to ensure that the boys are not distracted by the girls. These are mispreceptions that I often hear from students and parents. The dress code is established to ensure an appropriate learning environment and to prepare students for life after high school. I often tell students that I've never had a job that did not come with a dress code. I've worked construction, I've been in the military and I've done all sorts of other jobs - all of them came with some kind of dress code. School is no different.
The school environment is considered a "business casual" environment and students are required to dress appropriately for the environment. Please keep this in mind when shopping for school over the summer. What is perfectly appropriate for out of school events may not meet the requirements of the school dress code. This is true for adults as well - I certainly do not dress at home the same way I dress for work. Please encourage your students to be mature and responsible when shopping for school and reference the Dress Code and Dress Code Guidelines posted on the high school webpage as well as on the Student and Parents page of this website.
I sometimes hear students and parents commenting that the school issued athletic uniforms don't meet the school dress code. This is absolutely true and consistent with our approach to managing the dress code. We are trying to teach students that the way they dress should be appropriate to the culturally accepted norms of the environmnet. Again, this is not an issue of morality or decency; this is an issue of understanding what is appropriate for the time and place. Athletic uniforms are perfectly appropriate for the competion that they are intended for, but not always appropriate for school.
The same is true for school dances. What is appropriate for a semi-formal or formal event, may not be appropriate for school or the work place. That's why we publish dance guidelines - to assist students in understanding how the dress code is applied differently to a formal or semi-formal school dance - we would not expect students to show up for Prom dressed the same way they would dress for school. The Dance Guidelines can also be found on the Students and Parents page of this website.
I am hopeful that you will find this post helpful as you prepare to shop for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via this webpage or by email.