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Dress Code

Dress Code

The goal of the Woods Charter School dress code is to create a safe and affirming environment for all students and faculty.

As a general guideline, students must wear clothing which includes:

  • a shirt (defined as having fabric in the front, back, and sides under the arms), and
  • pants or skirt (or the equivalent), and
  • shoes. 

Certain body parts, including genitals, buttocks, and breasts must be covered with opaque fabric for all students at all times while at school or during school sponsored events or activities. 

Students are prohibited from wearing:

  • articles with offensive images or language that: 
    • denote, suggest, display, or reference alcohol, drugs, or related paraphernalia or other illegal conduct or activities that reasonably can be construed as racist, lewd, vulgar, obscene, or violent.
  • demean any race, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, or intellectual ability.
  • clothing that reveals visible undergarments (excluding underwear waistbands or bra straps worn underneath clothing).

Inside the school building, headwear and sunglasses that obscure the face may not be worn unless for religious observance or medical reasons.  

Athletic shoes are required for physical education classes and may be either worn to school or worn only for P.E. class or the Elementary Walking Program. 

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 based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type/size.

For potentially sensitive topics, discussions with students regarding a potential dress code violation shall occur with another adult staff member present and not in front of other students.