2020-21 School Year

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High School Dress Code


DSST: Byers has a policy on dress and is crafted with the following beliefs in mind:

  1. Respect: We are proud that our Mission leads us to create integrated schools. People grow more when they are working with and getting to know people who are different from them and, therefore, have unique perspectives. We want to celebrate this diversity while recognizing that each culture and each individual has a different view on how students should dress. We have crafted a Policy on Dress that we believe allows students to express their individuality while still respecting the diverse beliefs and values of everyone in our community.Community and Inclusiveness: Our Uniform Policy and Dress Code gives us a commonality that allows students to identify as members of this community while still expressing their individuality. It is our belief that this dress code will allow people inside and outside of the community to recognize our commonalities while celebrating our differences.
  2. Community and Inclusiveness: Our Uniform Policy and Dress Code gives us a commonality that allows students to identify as members of this community while still expressing their individuality. It is our belief that this dress code will allow people inside and outside of the community to recognize our commonalities while celebrating our differences.
  3. Transparency Regarding Impact of Appearance: Appearance matters, and people make assumptions about other people based on what people are wearing (this is reality even if we would wish it to be otherwise). Our Uniform Policy and Dress Code is constructed to promote the practice of intentionally dressing for various situations and environments(understanding context).
  4. Safety: We are committed to student safety and have crafted a Policy on Dress that reflects necessary safety requirements and ensures that all students feel physically and psychologically safe in our environment.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Dress Code Dress Code Dress Code Dress Code Dress Down Day

*other Days may be designated as Dress Down Days

All final decisions about appropriate dress are at the discretion of the DSST: Byers High School Dean of Students, Associate School Director, and/or School Director.


Dress Code* Monday- Thursday

Tops

What TO Wear:
● Collared Tops- All shirts that have a callar are considered in dress code.
● Spirit/College Wear- All DSST Byers HS spirit wear or college spirit wear are in dress code.
● Outerwear- Track jackets, half zips, jean jackets, and hoodies are considered in dress code. No hoods should beworn up while in school.
What NOT to Wear:
● No tops that reveal back, belly, chest, sides or undergarments (including “muscle tees,” and see-through straps)
● No T-shirts that are not plain or DSST Byers HS/college spirit wear/DPS HS sports team wear.
● No halter or strapless tops- All tops must be structurally supported by the shoulders.

Bottoms

What TO Wear:
● Jeans/Pants- Jean, khaki or dress material pants that reach the mid-calf and ensure that undergarments and privates are not visible. Bottoms should be worn at waist level.
● Dresses/Skirts- Skirts and dresses may be worn if they are conducive to all school activities (sitting on the floor, kneeling, active electives, going outside, etc.). All top rules apply to dresses as well. General guidance is that dresses or skirts should fall lower than fingertip length with arms fully extended.
What NOT to Wear:
● No sagging bottoms- Bottoms must always be worn at or above waist level and never “sagging” below the waist. Undergarments should not be revealed.
● No shorts- Shorts of any material, style, or length are not allowed.
● No ripped clothing- No ripped, torn, or holes in pants are permitted. This includes “fashion rip” and “fashion frays” on jeans
● No athletic bottoms (leggins/yoga pants/sweats/basketball shorts)- These bottoms cannot be worn in place of pants. (Leggings are classified as pants without zippers, pockets and/or belt loops).

Shoes

What TO Wear:
● Hard Soled, Closed-Toed Shoes- Any color/design are permitted. Shoes need to be sturdy and safe for lab participation and should have a hard sole.
● Shoes of appropriate height and support- Shoes should be conducive to all school activities (active electives, labs, going outside, emergency situation, etc.).
What NOT to Wear:
● No open-toed shoes including sandals, slippers, slides or crocs.
● No slippers or slipper-like shoes.

Other

● Earrings are acceptable, but are not to be distracting. Other piercings are permitted, but are not to be distracting.
● Tattoos are permitted as long as they are not offensive or promote violence, alcohol, gangs, tobacco, or drugs.
● Scarves are permitted.
● Hats and hoods on heads are not permitted, except outdoors.
● Text on clothing or accessories that is offensive, promotes violence, alcohol, gangs, tobacco, drugs, or that is
derogatory in any way is not permitted at any time.


Friday & Dress Down Day Guidelines

All items listed above in the normal day dress code may be worn on Fridays and dress down days. All expectations stated in “other” are also the same on dress down days as they are on normal school days.

Tops

  • Same as daily dress code tops rules with following additions:
    ○ Appropriate T-shirts can be worn (on College Dress Down Days, top MUST be college-based to
    participate).
    ○ Jerseys may be worn.

Bottoms

● Same as daily dress code bottoms rules with following additions:
          ○ Yoga pants, sweat pants, and basketball shorts may be worn
          ○ Ripped jeans that do not expose undergarments or private areas are acceptable.

*All expectations stated in “other” are also the same on dress down days as they are on normal school days.

All final decisions about appropriate Dress are at the discretion of the DSST: Byers High School Dean of Students, Associate School Director, and/or School Director.

PE & Fitness/Wellness Electives

All expectations (eg. tears in clothes, length/transparency of tops) are also the same in PE & Fitness/Wellness Electives as they are on normal school days.
Tops

  • T-shirts and athletic shirts are permitted.
  • Tops that expose mid-sections are not permitted.
  • Tops are not to be transparent.
  • Fleeces, sweatshirts and hoodies are only acceptable if class is outside.

Bottoms

  • Students must wear athletic shorts or athletic pants.
  • Athletic shorts are permitted.
  • Athletic pants must sufficiently conceal undergarments and/or private areas

Shoes

  • Students must wear socks and athletic shoes or sneakers.

“Special Dress Code Additions” may occur for spirit weeks, themed dress down days, and during presentations that require more professional attire.

All final decisions about appropriate Dress are at the discretion of the DSST: Byers High School Dean of Students, Associate School Director, and/or School Director.

Click HERE for a printable version of the dress code!


High School Cell Phone Policy 

DSST: Byers has a policy on phones that is crafted with the following beliefs in mind: 

  • Learning: The primary purpose of school is development & education. The purpose behind a phone policy that designates permissible times to use a phone is to make phones less of a distraction/impediment to time spent learning in the sacred spaces of the classroom, morning meeting times and others.  

  • Community: Part of our graduate profile is to graduate socially-skilled students who thoughtfully balance being a member of a community and using personal electronic devices. 

  • Self-Discipline: All of us, adults and students, need to balance being mindful and present while being connected to the world through our phones.  This is a habit of mind that requires self-discipline and we are ultimately empowered by developing this skill.   

  • Deterrence: The addiction to phones and the magnitude of distraction are significant enough that there has to be a consequence severe enough to deter students from being in a place where accepting the consequence is an attractive option.

  • Self-Regulatory behavior: We hope and expect to see students supporting each other by  texting each other only during designated times. This shows integrity and allows students to support each other by committing to focusing on learning during class time and showing integrity to their education. 

  • Safety: Any students that act in ways that make our community less safe will lose long term privilege of having access to a phone while on campus. 

  • Living Our Values: Any communication from a phone that occurs while at school, is “school business,” all actions that students complete on phones must be in accordance with our Core Values.  


Times in the Day When Phones are Allowed 

Before School, After school

During All Passing Periods

Lunch 

→ 8 am

3:20 pm→  

Phones are only allowed outside of classrooms* and need to be put away upon entering class. Phones are not allowed to be used during class in hallways.

Phones & Headphones are allowed  (exception: Refocus, CP, MT)

*At teacher discretion phones may be used during class periods, and must be put away upon direction


Ordering Spirit Wear

The window for ordering spirit wear is now CLOSED. 


Summer Reading & Assignments 

Note: Incoming 9th Graders do not have a summer reading assignment. 

American Literature & World Literature 

AP Literature Summer Work Overview 

AP Literature Assignment 

AP Chemistry Summer Assignment 

AP  English Language & Composition Summer Assignment 

AP English Literature & Language Summer Assignment 

AP Biology Summer Assignment 

AP Calculus AB Summer Assignment 

AP Spanish Language & Culture Summer Assignment 

AP Spanish Literature Summer Assignment 

AP US History Summer Assignment 

Calculus BC Summer Assignment 


Student Fees 

Para información en español sobre las tarifas para el año escolar 2019-2020, por favor haga clic aquí.

Want to pay your fees online? Visit our payment website HERE!

Fees are due at the start of the school year on registration day. They may be paid in cash (exact change), check or credit card. If you are unable to pay for fees on registration day or have further questions, please contact the front office or email MariCruz Rincon at maricruz.rincon@scienceandtech.org

We ask for your support in paying your child's registration fees in order to provide your child with all the benefits of a strong learning environment. 

General Fee

General Fees are collected from all students to help support programs that are not fully funded by the per-pupil-revenue we receive from the state through Denver Public Schools such as field trips, resources for advisory and planners. $60.00
Technology Fee The General Technology Fee is a fee collected from all students to maintain an up-to-date inventory of laptops and related software. The fee also covers ongoing technology support and maintenance throughout the year. $155.00
Activities Fee Activities Fees cover some of the costs associated with participating in physical education and student enrichment activities. $60.00

 

However, we never want fees to limit your child's opportunity for an exceptional education. If you family qualifies for, or may qualiufy for free or reduced price lunch, you are eligible to pay discounted fees as follows: 

General Fee

(Reduced)

General Fees are collected from all students to help support programs that are not fully funded by the per-pupil-revenue we receive from the state through Denver Public Schools such as field trips, resources for advisory and planners. $24.00

Technology Fee

(Reduced) 

The General Technology Fee is a fee collected from all students to maintain an up-to-date inventory of laptops and related software. The fee also covers ongoing technology support and maintenance throughout the year. $60.00

Activities Fee

(Reduced) 

Activities Fees cover some of the costs associated with participating in physical education and student enrichment activities. $24.00

2020-21 Fall School Supply List 

Below is the school supply list for the 2020-21 school year for DSST: Byers High School. Students should bring all supplies on the first day of school.

HS School Supply List 

If you have any questions or concerns about the school supply list, please contact Ms. Crespo at kathy.crespo@scienceandtech.org.


Handbook

Please access the DSST: Byers Handbook in English and Spanish


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