Clarke Middle School’s student dress code supports equitable educational access and is written in a manner that does not reinforce stereotypes. To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the dress code consistently and in a manner that does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, immigration status, or any other basis prohibited by law, that adversely affects the student. Students shall be dressed and groomed in a manner that is clean and neat and that will not be a health or safety hazard to themselves or others. 

    General Guidelines

    1. Basic Principle: Certain body parts must be covered for all students at all times.   
      • Clothes must be worn in a way such that abdomen, buttocks, chests are fully covered with opaque fabric.
      • All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.
    1. Students MUST Wear, while following the basic principle of Section 1 above:
      • A shirt (with fabric that touches the waistband in the front, back, and on the sides),
      • AND Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress or shorts),
      • AND Shoes. (Slippers, and flip flops not allowed for safety reasons)
    1. Students MAY Wear, as long as these items do not violate Section 1 above:
      • Religious headwear
      • Hoodie sweatshirts (Hoodies can be worn, but hoods should be kept down while in the building)
      • Fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans
      • Ripped jeans, as long as underwear and buttocks are not exposed
      •  Athletic attire
    1. Students CANNOT Wear:
      • Violent language or images
      • Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity).
      • Hate speech, profanity, pornography
      • Hats and Bandanas
      • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups
      • Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments (waistbands and straps excluded)
      • Swimsuits (except as required in class, field trips, or athletic practice)
      • Pajamas 
      • Tank tops, including spaghetti straps
      • Halter tops 
      • Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon
      • Any item that obscures the face or ears (except face masks or as a religious observance)
      • Ear Buds (unless being used as part of a class or other school activity)