Last year we had many students in the district learn from home. So, with all students returning to school this year, here's the section of the Parent/Student Handbook referring to student appearance. Please review the handbook for your awareness of all policies related to the Chadron Public School District. Thank you for helping to ensure that our students meet expectations.
Article 6 - Section 7: Student Appearance
Students at Chadron Public Schools are expected to dress in a way that is appropriate for a school setting. Students should not dress in a manner that is dangerous to the health and safety of anyone or interferes or distracts the learning environment or teaching process in our schools. Following is a list of examples of attire that will not be considered appropriate, this list is not exclusive and other forms of attire may be deemed inappropriate for the school setting by the administration:
- Student dress and/or grooming that distracts from the educational programs at Chadron Public Schools will not be permitted
- Clothing that shows an inappropriate amount of bare skin or visible underwear are not permissible. Undergarments should remain covered.
- Spaghetti-strap tops (two-finger rule), one-shoulder tops, halter and open-back tops, tank and tube tops and those which bare the midriff are not permissible.
- Shirts with sleeves cut off and oversized holes for arms are prohibited.
- Cleavage, armpit hair, chest hair, etc., should not be visible.
- Shorts and skirts that are too loose-fitting and or too short (at least knuckle length with arms extended to the side) and swimsuits are all not permissible.
- Leisure wear, including lounge and pajama pants, bedroom attire, and slippers are not acceptable
- Pants not snug to the waist (sagging) or torn/ripped beyond manufactured design are not acceptable.
- Footwear that is not adequate and is a health or safety concern. Barefoot or sock footed are not acceptable at any time.
- Headwear including hats, caps, hoods or kerchiefs are not to be worn in the building and must be left in lockers while the student is in the building. Hats will be confiscated for violation of this rule.
- Clothing or jewelry which exhibits in words or pictures: profanity, violence, nudity, sexual references, carries double meanings or is gang related is not allowed.
- Clothing or jewelry that advertises beer, alcohol, tobacco (including electronic nicotine delivery systems), or illegal drugs is not allowed.
- Clothing or jewelry that could be used as a weapon (chains, spiked apparel) or that would encourage “horseplay” will not be permitted.
As a general rule: Clothing should be worn in the fashion it was intended. If students would not wear it in the workplace or a public function, per the manufacturer’s recommendations, then it probably isn’t acceptable for the school setting.
Consideration will be made for students who wear special clothing as required by religious beliefs, disability, or to convey a particularized message protected by law. The final decision regarding attire and grooming will be made by school administration. In the event a student is uncertain as to whether a particular item or method of grooming is consistent with the school’s guidelines, the student should contact the school administration for approval.
Coaches, sponsors or teachers may have additional requirements for students who are in special lab classes, students who are participants in performing groups or students who are representing the school as part of an extracurricular activity program.
If the student’s dress or behavior is in violation of these regulations, the staff member will ask the student to make the appropriate corrections. If the student refuses, the staff member will bring the student to the office. School administration will make the final decision and take appropriate corrective or disciplinary action. The school dress code will be in effect during school hours and all school sponsored activities unless students are given permission by the principal to wear something different. The final decision regarding attire and grooming will be made by school administration. On the first offense of a dress code violation, a student may call home for proper apparel. If clothes cannot be brought to school, the student may be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day. Students will not be allowed to leave campus to change clothes, unless given permission by their parent/guardian and/or Principal. Continual violations of the dress code will result in disciplinary actions (suspension or expulsion).