Spring Clothing & the Dress Code

posted May 9, 2014, 10:40 AM by Beth McCullough   [ updated May 10, 2014, 4:36 AM ]
High school students, with the weather heating up spring clothes come out of your closet-----some of which do not meet the school dress code.  Please take note of the handbook guidelines below (which have been in place since August), particularly the one related to covered shoulders.  Thanks.



High School Guidelines for Dress

The high school dress code is designed to encourage modesty, neatness, and comfort without sacrificing individual expression. It also reflects the fact that the primary focus of Chatham Charter is as an academic institution. The school community loses, and our academic efforts are undermined, when specific clothing or general issues of proper attire become a distraction. Student dress should show respect for the educational process in which the students are engaged, while also reflecting good personal grooming and hygiene habits. The Guidelines for Dress apply on campus and to any school-related activity, both on-campus and off-campus.

Students not upholding dress standards will be required to change into appropriate clothing or attire provided by the school. Additional consequences may include: a request that a parent bring proper clothing to campus; parent conference; unexcused absences from class while obtaining proper dress; and, for chronic inattention to these standards, disciplinary action. Please know that students may be refused participation in any school function either on or off campus if their attire in not in accord with the high school guidelines.

Unacceptable attire for school includes but may not be limited to:

• clothing or accessories with advertising for or suggestions of substances and items not permitted on campus (beer, cigarettes, gangs, drug paraphernalia, etc.);

• clothing or accessories displaying provocative, offensive (including offensive racial slogans), illegal or violent pictures or language;

• clothing that is suggestive or provocative;

• any article that is substantially disruptive and/or endangers the health and safety of the student and/or others;

• halter-tops, tube-tops, low necklines, spaghetti straps, bare midriffs, tank or other tops that do not cover shoulders, sheer tops, spandex or excessively tight tops, tops without backs;

• hemlines of shorts which do not cover the top 1/3 of the thigh (minimum length) and skirts or dresses that do not cover the top 1⁄2 of the thigh, as measured from the inseam of the garment to the top of the kneecap; sheer, spandex or other tight-fitting pants, skirts, shorts, or dresses, “sagging” pants or shorts;

• (unless approved by the administration for special events and activities) sunglasses, hats, caps, bandannas, toboggans, or any other headgear (indoors);

• bare feet or lack of shoes;

• ripped or tattered clothing, cut-offs; and

• visible undergarments

If you are in doubt about the appropriateness of attire, check with the administration before you wear the item to school.  As opinions regarding proper attire sometimes differ, the final arbiters of appropriateness are the school administrators.


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