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PACT Charter School
7250 E. Ramsey Parkway
Ramsey, MN 55303
 504_Dress Code Policy
 Date created: 
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 Date Approved:  Reviewed:
 unknown  JPC  20170420  2016-17
 BRD  20170601

DRESS CODE

The intent of the PACT Charter School Student Dress Code is to provide a safe and productive learning environment with limited distractions and contribute to an environment of respect for everyone in the building.

All clothing is subject to the discretion of the Staff, Discipline Liaison, ISC Monitor or Administration.

Apparel that is a distraction to the learning environment (or a potential danger to themselves or others) is not permitted (see 805 - Weapons Policy). Dress for school should be modest, respectful, clean and in good condition. It should also allow for safe movements in the hallways, stairwells and in all classes.

Apparel that is a distraction to the learning environment includes but is not limited to:

  • All clothing with messages, double meanings or innuendos about drugs, images of weapons, alcohol, tobacco, violence, sex, or gangs. No messages that target any groups or individuals in a demeaning manner allowed.
  • Coats and jackets with a winter lining are not to be worn in class. Other jackets and vests are allowed.
  • Head coverings (i.e. hats, skullcaps, bandanas, scarves) are not to be worn in class. Hats and bandanas will be permitted only on the last day of the week (for Secondary students), on school Fridays (for Elementary students), and during spirit week, (excluding fieldtrips, unless the weather dictates otherwise) or for religious or medical needs, and should not be a distraction to the learning environment. Sweatshirt hoods are not allowed to be worn up on the head.
  • Pajamas are not to be worn to school with the exception of designated pajama days.
  • Shirts must provide coverage of upper body, regardless of movement. Shirts must cover all undergarments at all times (including dress for physical education classes.) Sleeveless garments that cover the torso are allowed if straps cover undergarments and are at least 3 finger widths wide. No exposed backs are to be showing.
  • See-through clothing is allowed when undergarments are covered by a tank or tee (but not camisole with spaghetti straps). For example, a tank or tee must be worn to cover the midriff and undergarments under sheer clothing. Camisoles may be worn under non-sheer fabric.
  • Pants must be worn in a manner that undergarments are not visible regardless of movement, including through holes or spots. Pants should fit properly and be no lower than the top of the hip bone. Pants with exposed holes higher than fingertips must be repaired. The crotch of pants should be no lower than mid-thigh. When tight fitting bottoms are worn such as leggings, jeggings or athletic pants, upper body apparel must be long enough to cover the gluteus maximus muscle (front, back, and sides) and long enough so that no skin is exposed at any time.
  • Shorts Must be at least fingertip length.
  • Skirts/Dresses Must be no shorter than 4 inches above the kneecap (includes the height of a slit in clothing).
  • Shoes are to be worn at all times.
  • See Extracurricular Handbook for extracurricular dress codes.
  • Students are encouraged to keep a sweater or sweatshirt in their locker in case they get cold or are asked to modify clothing due to dress code violation.
  • If clothes are found to be inappropriate, students will be REQUIRED to modify clothing. Any student receiving multiple warnings may be subject to disciplinary action (see 506 - Discipline Policy).