Highlight on the Parent Handbook

Once a month we will be highlighting parts of the handbook. Since the weather has gotten warmer, we wanted to remind of a few points regarding the dress code. This is a partial list of guidelines during warmer weather. For a complete description of the dress code, please see pages 28 and 29 of the handbook.

Fads and Fashion-Statements: Revealing clothing and extreme hairstyles may pervade our

culture, but it is not appropriate in the classroom. We expect parents to recognize what is unacceptable and impose reasonable limits on what children wear. Faddish clothes foster

labeling, single children out for otherwise unnecessary attention, create cliques, and exclude

those who are unwilling or unable to follow the trend. Our continuing work with children

focuses on protecting them from influences that prematurely push them into the world of

adolescence. We work hard to create a working and learning environment that is as free as

possible from such distracting influences. Please help us maintain this atmosphere by giving

your child choices for school-wear in accordance with our dress code.


  • Choose clothing that is clean and free from rips and tears.
  • Dress appropriately for outdoor play and activities. Remember that recess is considered a part of the school day and children must adhere to the dress code during outside time as well.
  • Wear sturdy outdoor shoes and appropriate clothes for games and classes. Clogs and unsteady sandals are not appropriate for safe play.
  • Wear indoor shoes while in the classroom. Shoes should have soles that are thin, and allow the children to feel the ground. Shoes must hug the foot, and must be capable of staying on the foot during all school activities. Examples of appropriate indoor shoes include Keds, moccasins, and loafers.
  • Wear clothing that fits the body. Oversized or ill-fitting clothing is not appropriate for school. Observe moderation in style and length of dresses. Shorts that are modest (no more than 4 inches above the knee) may be worn during warm weather, along with skirts no more than two inches above the knee.
  • Shirts that are short enough to reveal a midriff or naval are not appropriate for school.
  • Children may not wear muscle-shirts, tank tops with oversized, low-slung armholes, tube tops and tight, revealing clothes.
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