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

  • All students and staff should understand that they are responsible for managing their own personal “distractions” without regulating individual students’ clothing/self-expression.

  • The school community should be a place where students are encouraged to manage their responses to one another; while, home is where students develop values around personal appearance (this includes discussions about safety concerns and traveling to and from school).


  • Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed. (i.e. science lab requirements, physical education clothing, etc.) and that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student.

  • Allow students to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination.

  • Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender/gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type/size, religion, or personal style.


  • Clothing with offensive images or language that depicts violence or illegal activity (use of alcohol or drugs, pornography, or hate speech) are prohibited.    

  • All students must wear a shirt, bottoms (pants/sweatpants/shorts/skirt/dress/leggings) and shoes. 

  • Clothes must be worn in such a way that genitals, buttocks, and nipples are covered with opaque material. Visible waistbands or straps on undergarments worn under other clothing are not a violation.

  • Courses that include attire as part of the curriculum may include assignment specific dress, but should not focus on covering body parts or promoting culturally specific attire (i.e. class trips to the theatre or professional environments such as offices and fashion houses would enforce a dress code that is specific to the establishment, as we are guests in their community and should respect that).


  • No student should be disproportionately affected by dress code enforcement because of gender, race, body size, or maturity.

  • Students shouldn’t be shamed or required to show their body in front of others (students, staff, or parents), such as in physical education uniforms if it goes against the student’s religious beliefs.

  • Dress code enforcement should not infringe upon instructional time.

  • The enforcement of this policy should happen through community discussions about valuing different perspectives rather than punitive measures.

This policy was inspired by the Oregon NOW National Organization for Women’s model