Personal appearance and proper attire are important in setting a positive learning environment. Studies have shown that there is a connection between appearance, attitude and behavior. Therefore, Roosevelt High School students shall be dressed appropriately for school.
This dress code policy is in effect during the school day and at all school functions. Layering is acceptable only if the first layer of clothing is within the guidelines of the dress code. Exceptions may be announced for special school events.
Special circumstances or exceptions for religious or medical reasons will be addressed on an individual basis by the Administration.
Dress Code, includes but not limited to the following:
Upon faculty/staff referral, any student who is in violation of the dress code will not be allowed to attend classes until dressed appropriately and his/her parent/guardian will be notified. The absence will be classified as “unexcused”.
Students who do not meet dress code standards face disciplinary action. The offense and subsequent consequence, does not change because a student is able to alter his or her clothing after they have been confronted. Repeated violations will result in progressive discipline for the students and may result in suspension from school in accordance to Chapter 19.
The answers below are from Ms. Ann Mahi, Principal
Q1. Why did this dress code change after school has started and we as parents have already spent money purchasing clothing for students according to the dress code outlined on the web site at the beginning of the school year?
A1. The beginning of the year started off pretty well, but as more and more of the students, especially the girls started attending schools with strapless tops that show midriffs and wearing shorts or skirts that are just below the buttocks and boys walking around shirtless, wearing their pants below their hips with underclothing showing, there became a need to create a dress code that would provide rules and consequences for this type of inappropriate attire. The student council students assisted in the development of the dress code guidelines last year. They did research on what other high schools have in place to support students coming dressed appropriately to school in order to maintain a learning environment free from distractions and disruptions and presented this to the students last year and included in the handbook this year.
I understand your concern regarding the cost of buying new clothes and we have stressed with the students that if they have thin straps on their tops, these can be worn layered with another shirt which meets the dress code criteria. Short skirts can be worn with capri type leggings. The rule about not wearing inappropriate logos on shirts are a DOE policy (words or pictures that refer to drugs, alcohol, sex or profanity).
Q2. Maybe consider uniforms because with this new policy in place it seems like it will be at the discretion of the teacher to enforce this policy. And every teacher has their own opinion. What may be out of dress code for one teacher, might not be so for another teacher. Also I think the teachers should be concentrating on the teaching aspect, and not be distracted with trying to police the dress code policy. They already have enough on their plates to deal with.
A2. The faculty also have been involved in the discussion of professional attire for work as models for our students. There has also been a suggestion about faculty uniforms which would make dressing for school much easier for all. We will continue this discussion as an option and perhaps this would be supportive of the move for uniforms for the students. There have been requests from parents to implement a uniform policy and we have shared this with the students as an option to curtail the problem with the inappropriate attire and to remove the issue of status in clothing.
Q3. Ms. Mahi should just dictate the type of uniform which would be acceptable to her and have all families purchase uniforms directly from the school.
A3. As principal, I accept responsibility for all of the initiatives and programs that are part of Roosevelt High School, In saying that though, please know that I do not make schoolwide decisions unilaterally. This issue of school attire has been an ongoing one and has become an issue because of the disruptive nature of some of the student's attire. In some cases, parents are not aware that their child is dressing this way, as they student leaves home looking fine and then changes before coming to school and changes back before going home. Peer pressure and other adolescent issues have caused some of this behavior and we would like to work with our parents to support teaching our students how to make good decisions and choices for themselves on what may impact them as they move on in their lives after high school - college and in their chosen career/workplace.
Any comments or questions, please let us know.