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PROFESSIONAL DRESS CODE

As educators, our commitment to excellence should be reflected in our appearance.  In general, a business casual style is appropriate for professional and paraprofessional employees.  The following guidelines for teachers and instructional/office assistants have been developed to answer any questions about the district's standards for dress.

 

Guidelines for Men

Male employees should wear collared shirts, such as polo style, oxford style or dress shirts, and these may be long or short sleeved. Turtlenecks are also acceptable, but these would preferably be worn with a sport coat or jacket.  All shirts should be worn tucked in. Acceptable sweater styles include pullover and cardigan styles. Although not required, men are encouraged to wear jackets and ties to work. Facial hair for men is allowed, but is expected to be neatly trimmed and should be established. The clean shaven appearance is expected otherwise.

Unacceptable types of shirts include T-shirts, sweatshirts, banded-bottom shirts or smock-style shirts designed to be worn untucked. Tailored dress slacks or business casual (Dockers® style) pants in a fabric other than denim are considered appropriate for the workplace.  If the pants have belt loops, a belt should be worn.

Sweatpants, wind pants, warm-ups and cargo style pants are not considered appropriate for the workplace. Shorts should only be worn in P.E. or athletics classes; coaches are to be in professional dress while in the regular classroom.

Jeans are only acceptable on days designated by the principal and are expected to be worn with spirit shirts. Be sure that jeans worn to work fit appropriately, are not torn or overly faded and do not show signs of excessive wear.

Acceptable footwear includes dress shoes or casual shoes, such as leather-like, suede or loafer styles. Boots are also acceptable.  Tennis or athletic shoes are acceptable only on jean days.  Men should not wear sandals to work.
 

Guidelines for Women

For female employees, clothing should convey a professional image by being coordinated, modest and appropriate for a business setting.  Collared or uncollared shirts and tops may be pullover or button style. Shirts and tops that are not made to be worn out (i.e. shirts or tops with a tail) should be tucked in.  With regard to sleeve length, sleeveless shirts and tops are only acceptable for the workplace when worn under a jacket or a shirt-jacket at all times. Low-cut tops or shirts that reveal the midriff should never be worn to work.

In addition to tailored or business casual pants, pant sets and business pant suits, women may also wear cropped dress pants (near ankle length) when they are worn as part of a suit or a coordinated outfit.  Any fabric other than denim is acceptable.  Capri pants (those that reach mid-calf or above) and low-fitting, "hip-hugger" pants are not appropriate for a business setting. 

Women's skirts should be of a modest, professional length, falling at or just above the knee. Skirts (or any clothes) that are too tight, too short or too revealing are not appropriate for the workplace.  Sweatpants, wind pants and warm-ups are also unacceptable.  Shorts should only be worn in P.E. or athletics classes as appropriate; coaches are to be in professional dress while in the regular classroom.

Jeans are only acceptable on days designated by the principal.  Be sure that jeans worn to work fit appropriately, are not torn or overly faded and do not show signs of excessive wear.  Low-rise jeans that prevent modesty are not acceptable.   

Shoes are a part of professional dress and can help to project a business image. Appropriate shoes include dress shoes or pumps; leather-like, suede or loafer-style shoes; and boots.  Closed-toed mule or closed-toed slide styles are also acceptable.  Casual sandals are not appropriate, but an open-toed shoe with a dress appearance and a dress heel is acceptable.  Tennis or athletic shoes are acceptable only on jean days at the discretion of the principal.  Flip-flops are not acceptable.