Student Dress and Appearance
It is the policy of Moorhead Area Public Schools to encourage students to be dressed appropriately for the school day and any school sponsored event. Appropriate dress is the primary responsibility of the student and the student's parent(s) or guardian(s). The school district is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any protected group.
The following is expected at all times:
1. A shirt (with opaque fabric in the front, back and sides under the arms);
2. Pants/Jeans or the equivalent (skirt, sweatpants, leggings, dress, or shorts); and
Appropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Clothing appropriate for the school day and school-sponsored activities.
2. Clothing that does not create a health or safety hazard.
3. Clothing appropriate for the activity (i.e., physical education or the classroom).
Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Clothing bearing a message that contains violent language or images, profanity, obscenity or pornography.
2. Head coverings and hats are allowed to be worn in common areas of the building. Teachers will have discretion whether hats or head coverings are allowed in their classrooms except with the approval of the building principal (i.e., medical situations or religious purposes).
3. Clothing that exposes visible undergarments and other clothing that is not in keeping with community standards.
4. Apparel promoting products or activities that are illegal for use by minors.
5. Objectionable emblems, badges, symbols, signs, words, objects or pictures on clothing, head coverings or jewelry communicating a message that is racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory to a protected minority group, evidences gang membership or affiliation, or approves, advances or provokes any form of religious, racial or sexual harassment and/or violence against other individuals as defined in Moorhead School Board Policy 570.
6. Any apparel or footwear that would damage school property or could be used as a weapon.
When, in the judgment of the administration, a student's appearance, grooming, or mode of dress interferes with or disrupts the educational process or school activities, or poses a threat to the health or safety of the student or others, the student will be provided one of the following options:
1. Student will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if available at school, to be dressed according to policy for the remainder of the day.
2. Student will be provided with temporary school clothing to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.
3. The student’s parent or guardian will be contacted to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.
The state health department requires that students wear shirts and shoes when in the building.
No student will be affected by dress code enforcement based on a person's race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or disability.
Dress Code Violation Consequence Progression
1. Warning - Student conference
2. Detention assigned
3. Conference with class principal, parent contact made
For additional information refer to School Board Policies 570
, and 577
on the school district website or in the school office.