Elementary School Dress Code

Rationale

Every student has intrinsic worth based upon who he or she is and not what he or she wears. Horizon Honors Schools 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 Honors. 


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.

Face Coverings:
Face coverings will be required and must follow the “all clothing and accessory guidelines.”  The school will follow all federal, state, county, and city mandates regarding face coverings and will modify as needed for specific student circumstances. Face coverings will not be supplied by the schools.


All clothes will:

  • be clean and neat, free of tears, or fraying (even when manufactured as such)

  • be the appropriate size (not skin tight or too large)

  • be free of the display of drugs, alcohol, tobacco or look alikes; sexual, violent or gang-related representations; political, anti-social or social protest messages/actions; and any disrespectful, derogatory, profane, vulgar, and/or bigotry displayed toward any group or person

  • be able to cover all undergarments and not be see-through

  • not interfere with the educational process or present a safety hazard as determined by the Horizon Honors administration


T-shirts, Shirts, and Blouses Will:

  • follow the “all clothing” guidelines above

  • have short or long sleeves; not be a halter top, camisole or strapless; not be an undershirt

  • have shoulders covered with at least 2” wide straps on both shoulders

  • be worn with outerwear (like a shrug, sweater, or jacket) if straps are smaller than two inches (muscle tees, halter tops, racerbacks, single shouldered, or strapless garments are never in dress code, even if covered)

  • be buttoned, zipped, fastened or solid to within 4” of the base of the neck

  • 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/Overalls Will:

  • follow the “all clothing” guidelines above

  • be acceptable as skirts, pants, shorts, athletic shorts/pants, leggings, sweatpants, or overalls

  • be pulled up and snug above the hips (except overalls) and no longer than above the sole of the shoe

  • include skirts and shorts that will be no shorter than the fingertips when the hand is extended at the side while standing straight

  • include tights or sheer leggings only 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:

  • follow the “all clothing” guidelines above

  • be buttoned, zipped, fastened or solid to within 4” of the base of the neck

  • have shoulders covered with at least 2” straps

  • be worn with outerwear (like a shrug, sweater, or jacket) if straps are smaller than 2” (muscle tees, halter tops, racerbacks, single shouldered, or strapless garments are never in dress code, even if covered)

  • be no shorter than the fingertips when the hand is extended at the side while standing straight



Sweaters/Sweatshirts/Jackets/ Coats/Hoodies Will:

  • follow the “all clothing” guidelines above

  • 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 with the Student Code of Conduct and may not be allowed to return to class until they are in dress code.

Last Updated: June 2020