Selected Districts’ Teacher Dress Policies

What follows are excerpts from staff dress codes in three school districts along with contact information on obtaining copies of these policies in full and other districts’ policies.

* Goose Creek Consolidated School District, Baytown, Texas

The two-page policy includes a section on coaching attire, which is not included here. Copies are available by calling 281-420-4842 or contacting Superintendent Barbara Sultis at bsultis@goosecreek.cisd.esc4.net.

“Employees are to wear clothing that is neat and clean. Employees are not to wear clothing that is tight, revealing, short, torn, tattered, dirty and excessively faded, or with visual, written, or implied messages that are likely to disrupt the school environment. Sweat suits, jogging/wind suits, overalls, or denim pants/jeans of any color may not be worn.

“Noisy, distracting jewelry/accessories that could cause a safety hazard may not be worn. In keeping with professional decorum, earrings may be worn by female employees only, and ears are the only exposed areas of the body on which pierced jewelry may be worn. Tattoos must be covered.

“Footwear must be worn at all times. Shoes traditionally worn around the home (i.e., house shoes) or to the beach (i.e., flip-flop design) are not permitted. Tennis/athletic shoes that are solid in color, clean, and in good condition may be worn.

“The site administrator may designate no more than one day per week as "school spirit" day. On that particular day, it is permissible to wear wind suits or jeans, and approved shirts (tee shirts with school logos or school colors). On special days/events (i.e., Western Day, Red Ribbon Week, Lee/Sterling Week, and Homecoming), the site administrator may designate special attire. The site administrator will determine dress for work days and site-based staff development days.

“Women shall wear dress or casual slacks of appropriate material. Capri pants may be worn if part of an ensemble. Walking shorts, city shorts, or skorts may be no shorter than slightly above the knee and shall be paired with an appropriate blouse and matching jacket/vest. Women's skirts/dresses shall be no shorter than slightly above the knee, and slits, flaps, or openings in skirts/dresses may not be shorter than fingertip length. Hosiery is recommended with attire worn above the knee. Leggings may be worn only under a dress/skirt.

“Seasonal/decorated shirts and blouses may be worn. Tank tops, backless apparel, midriffs, tops with straps less than 2 inches, sleeveless tops that are revealing (deep or low cut), or see through blouses are not acceptable.

“Men shall wear dress or casual slacks. Shirts with collars or sweaters or turtlenecks shall be worn. Socks must be worn with shoes. Shorts may not be worn. Male administrators must wear ties while on duty during regular school hours.

“Hair shall be well groomed and not extend below the base of the neck. Men are permitted facial hair if neatly trimmed and moderate in style. All facial hair, however, must be fully established by the start of the school year or return from school holidays.”

* Denver Public Schools
Copies of the district’s policy are available at www.dpsk12.org under personnel policies or by calling the communications office at 303-764-3402.

“During the work day and any time employees attend work-related activities, employees shall appear in appropriate dress. Examples of professional attire include, but are not limited to, collared shirts, dress slacks, dress coordinates, suits, dresses, ties and sport coats.

“Items that are not acceptable include the following:

“Attire prohibited in the student dress code; jogging/running shorts, cut-off shorts (or any shorts or similar article of clothing shorter than mid-thigh); sunglasses and/or hats (inside the building); rubber shoe thongs (flip-flops) or bedroom slippers; athletic wear, such as jogging suits (except for physical education teachers); skirts and dresses shorter than mid-thigh; underwear as outerwear; inappropriately sheer, tight or short clothing; garments that inappropriately bare or expose traditionally private parts of the body, including, but not limited to, the stomach, buttocks, back and breasts (i.e., midriffs, halter tops, backless clothing, tube tops, garments made of fishnet, mesh or similar material, tank tops, muscle cops, etc.).

“[Also] any clothing, paraphernalia, grooming, jewelry, hair coloring, accessories or body adornments that contain advertisement, symbols, words, slogans, patches or pictures that are sexually suggestive, drug, tobacco or alcohol-related or that are obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd, indecent or plainly offensive; any clothing or paraphernalia, grooming, jewelry, hair coloring, accessories or body adornments that are in any way disruptive or potentially disruptive to the learning environment or that pose a threat or potential threat to the safety or welfare of the employee or any other person; any other similarly inappropriate clothing, accessory, body adornment, etc., or inappropriate grooming or hygiene.”

* Wake County Public Schools, Raleigh, N.C.
Copies of the district’s policy are available on the district’s website (www.wcpss.net) under policies or by calling the communications office at 919-850-1908.

“All faculty and employees of the Wake County Public School System serve as role models for the students with whom they work and as leaders in the community. Consistent with these roles, all faculty and employees shall dress in a manner and have an appearance that is appropriate and professional in light of the environment in which they work, the duties of their jobs and the impressionable youth they serve. Supervisors and school-level administrators are authorized to interpret this policy and their interpretations shall be given deference.”

Other school districts with written policies regulating teacher attire include the following:

* Colorado Springs District 11, 1151 N. El Paso St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Call the communications office at 719-520-2162 or click on “search” function at www.cssd11.k12.co.us.

* Erlanger-Elsmere School District, 500 Graves Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018. Call Superintendent Michael Sander at 859-727-2009.

* Placentia-Yorba Linda School District, 1301 Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia, CA 92870. Call Superintendent Dennis Smith at 714-985-8400.

* Sayreville Public Schools, P.O. Box 997, Sayreville, NJ 08872. Call Superintendent Dennis Fyffe at 732-525-5200.

* Santa Ana Unified School District, 1601 Chestnut St., Santa Ana, CA 92701. Call the public information office at 714-558-5555.