Dress Code

Dear Parents,

We are providing this excerpt from the NISD dress code (which can be found in the NISD student handbook) to help you as you shop for school clothes throughout the year. To aid students and their parents in making decisions about appropriate dress and grooming for schools, the following guidelines are established. Final determination of acceptable dress and grooming rests with the principal or his/her designee. I have noted standards specific to Boone Elementary within the brackets { }. Research has shown that performance in school can be enhanced by maintaining appropriate standards for dress and grooming. We want Boone students to take pride in themselves and in their education.

1. Shorts and skorts may be worn at the elementary school level. In grades three through five, they should be no more than four inches above the top of the kneecap. Shorts and skorts are prohibited in grades six through twelve.

2. In grades three through twelve, skirts, dresses, and culottes must be no more than four inches above the top of the kneecap. There should not be a cut or slit in the clothing that extends beyond the four inch limit. These requirements also apply to school uniforms.

3. Appropriate footwear must be worn; footwear which has toes reinforced with steel, hard plastics or similar materials are specifically prohibited. {Flip flops are discouraged.}

4. Hair must be neat and clean. Unconventional colored, multi-colored, spiked or Mohawk hair styles are not permitted. {Swirls cut into the boys’ hair styles are prohibited.}

5. Headwear must not be worn in buildings. {No hoods}

6. Any clothes that are suggestive or indecent or which cause distraction are not acceptable. Specifically, oversized clothing, tank tops, muscle shirts, halter tops, spaghetti straps, exposed backs or midriffs, and see-through garments are not permitted. {Girls’ blouses and tops should not be low cut.}

7. Indecent/inappropriate patches, writings, or drawings on clothing are prohibited.

8. All pants are to be full length (Capri pants should be no less than four inches below the bottom of the kneecap) and worn at the waist (no “sagging” or “bagging”). Tight fitting pants (e.g., tights, Spandex, bicycle pants) are also prohibited. Cut-offs and intentionally frayed pants are prohibited. {This includes new pants purchased with rips, holes, or torn knees.}

9. Body piercing jewelry is prohibited except for rings, studs or other traditional jewelry worn in the ear. Tongue rings and tongue studs are not permitted. Because fads in dress and grooming are subject to sudden and sometimes radical change, a basic rule to remember is that student dress and grooming should not be suggestive or indecent or so bizarre and unusual as to detract from the classroom environment. {School attire can be casual, but dressier than play clothes.}

Thank you for your support.

Carol Borcherding, Principal