Elementary School Dress Code

Rationale
Every student has intrinsic worth based upon who he or she is and not what he or
she wears. HCLC wants to create an environment in which each student can
develop those innate qualities, focus on learning and contribute in a positive way to
the community. Cultural pressures related to clothing choice can distract students
and undermine that positive environment. The adopted dress code encourages self discipline,
safety and modesty and will still allow students to be creative in exercising choice.

Interpretation of Dress Code
Interference with the educational process, items that present a safety hazard and
any interpretation of the dress code will be determined solely by the administration
at Horizon Community Learning Center.

The following dress code applies while on school grounds and at all school events
on or off campus (including field trips) unless otherwise directed by administration.

All clothes will:
be clean and neat
be the appropriate size (not skin tight or too large)
not be written-on, suggestive, frayed, torn or tattered (even if purchased or designed as such)
not be of a see-through fabric or be gang-related
not interfere with the educational process or present a safety hazard as determined by the Horizon Honors administration

T-shirts, Shirts, and Blouses Will:
have short or long sleeves; not be a tank top, halter top, camisole or strapless; not be an undershirt
can be sleeveless but must cover the entire shoulder and underarm
be buttoned, zipped, fastened or solid to within 4” of the base of the neck
be free of all numbers, letters, pictures, icons or logos unless it is a Horizon Honors authorized shirt
be allowed to be worn out at the waist if tailored to be worn out with a straight hemmed
shirt tail that extends no less than 4” and no more than 6” below the top of the pants and does not expose the midriff at all times when sitting, bending or standing upright

Skirts/Shorts/Pants Will:

be pulled up and snug above the hips
be no longer than just above the sole of the shoe
allow small logos noting the manufacturer that are no larger than the student’s thumb
not be stretch pants, athletic wear OR lounge wear (workout clothes)
be no shorter than the fingertips when the hand is extended at the side while standing straight
tights and leggings cannot be worn alone (if worn under shorts, dresses or skirts, the shorts, dress or skirt must be no shorter than the fingertips when the hand is extended at the side while standing straight)

Dresses/Jumpers/Rompers Will:
be buttoned, zipped, fastened or solid to within 4” of the base of the neck
cover the shoulders or have the top under the dress that covers the shoulders and underarms
be no shorter than the fingertips when the hand is extended at the side while standing straight

Sweaters/Sweatshirts/Jackets/ Coats/Hoodies Will:

be restricted to school appropriate designs that are not vulgar, violent, obscene or gang-related
not be worn inside the buildings (APPLIES TO JACKETS/COATS ONLY)
be free of all numbers, letters, pictures, icons or logos unless it is a HCLC authorized logo (APPLIES TO SWEATERS/SWEATSHIRTS/HOODIES ONLY)
hoodies must be worn with the hood down while in the classroom
not be blankets or snuggies

Jewelry/Piercings/Gauging Will:
be kept to a minimum
ear piercings will be a maximum width of 2 gauges
not include any piercing of any body parts other than the ears

Tattoos & Body Art Will:
not be allowed (including permanent, temporary, henna or any other types of tattoos or body art)
will be washed off immediately if temporary; will be covered at all times if permanent

Make-up Will:
be kept to a minimum and reflect natural skin colors

Hair Will:
be clean and neat and of natural hair colors (no part of hair will be pink, purple, green, etc.)

Footwear Will:

be required at all times
not include shoes/sandals with open backs, including flip flops or slippers
not have heels higher than 1” tall (grades K-6)

Headwear Will:

only be worn outside the buildings to protect from the sun or to provide warmth
be restricted to school appropriate designs that are not vulgar, violent, obscene, gang- related

Physical Education Clothing:
footwear must be appropriate tennis shoes, fastened tightly at all times and have non-marking rubber soles
no jewelry is allowed due to safety issues

Backpacks Will:
be free of any student writing
be free of logos, symbols or pictures that represent something illegal, violent, illicit or suggestive

Exceptions & Non-Compliance:

Exceptions can be made to this dress code with prior approval by the administration. Students who are in non-compliance with the dress code will be referred to the administration and assigned a consequence in accordance to the Student Code of Conduct and may not be allowed to return to class until they are in dress code.