The Saugerties Central School District has an obligation to help students make positive decisions that lead to success in life, including choosing appropriate dress for a variety of situations. The District has therefore developed a standard of dress and grooming that balances personal expression with providing a school environment that is safe and conducive to learning.
This dress code was developed collaboratively by a committee of teachers, administrators, students, and parents. Students and parents have the primary responsibility for adhering to the student dress code. All adult members of the school community share responsibility for reinforcing and exemplifying acceptable student dress and appearance.
This standard of dress is to be followed during school hours and at school functions. It applies to all students, male and female. The Principal and his/her designee shall exercise appropriate discretion in implementing this policy, on the basis of students’ religious beliefs or medical conditions, or the nature of special events (i.e. proms, field trips, special ceremonies, etc.).
Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, obscene, or which endangers the health and safety of others is prohibited. The following are considered to be inappropriate dress, grooming, and appearance and are prohibited in school and at school functions:
· Any dress or appearance that constitutes a threat or danger to the health and safety of students (e.g. heavy jewelry, heavy chains, or jewelry with spikes of sharp edges that can injure the student or others.)
· Any form or article of clothing designed primarily for outdoor use, while attending class or before/after school indoor activities (e.g. parkas, rain or trench coats, vests, jackets, gloves, mittens, sunglasses in the school building unless worn for medical reasons, etc.)
In addition to the above, the following guidelines apply:
· Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times to ensure personal safety and the safety of others.
· Students must be dressed in appropriate clothing and protective equipment as required for physical education classes, participation in athletics, science laboratories, family and consumer science, and technology classes.