Dress Code & Spirit Wear

Dress Code

DSST: Stapleton High Schools expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day and for any school sponsored event.  Student dress choices should respect the school’s intent to sustain a community that is inclusive of a diverse range of identities, to embody our core values, and to achieve our college-going mission.  The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s). The school is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any students, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any students, and that dress code enforcement 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.  Any restrictions to the way a student dresses must be necessary to support the overall educational goals and mission of the school and must be explained with the dress code.

Dress Code Principles

  • Focus on Learning:  All students should be able to dress comfortably for school and engage in the educational environment without fear of or actual unnecessary discipline. Teachers should focus on teaching without the additional and often uncomfortable burden of dress code enforcement. Reasons for conflict and inconsistent and/or inequitable discipline should be minimized whenever possible.

  • Clarity:  Our dress code seeks to offer a wide range of choice in dress with intentional parameters and limits. It is designed to reduce confusion, increase clarity, and fulfill our college-going mission.  

  • Safety: We are committed to student safety and have crafted a dress code that reflects that commitment.  

We are a community grounded in core values and it is the expectation that dress items do NOT…

  • have any writing on it with exceptions noted below

  • reference drugs or alcohol

  • include gang identifiers, intentionally or unintentionally

  • include cursing or derogatory language

  • depict or glorify violence

  • objectify any person or group

  • include references that can be construed or interpreted as hateful or hurtful to others

  • have rips, cuts, or tears

  • reveal undergarments

Shirts/Tops:  All students must wear a top/shirt that meets the following criteria:

  • Tops that are either plain colored or patterned are permitted. Small logos (i.e. Nike swoosh, Champion) are permitted, but should be approximately the size of a credit card or smaller.

  • Tops cannot have writing on them (exception of size-limited logo). DSST and college or university clothing items with writing and logos of any size are permitted.  

  • Tops cannot be see-through, unless the top underneath is opaque and part of the established criteria above.

  • Tops should cover stomach and chest when engaging in normal movement throughout a school day.

  • Sleeveless blouses and dresses are permitted, as long as shoulder straps are four-fingers wide.  

  • Hoods should not cover ones face or ears if worn during school hours.  Headwear worn for religious reasons that cover the face and/or ears is permitted.  

Bottoms:  All students must wear bottoms that meet the following criteria.

  • Dresses and skirts may be no shorter than fingertip length when shoulders are relaxed. Tights, leggings or other types of hosiery must be accompanied by a fingertip length or longer top, skirt or dress.

  • Pants must be worn at the waist with no visible undergarments.

  • Pants should be mid-calf or lower in length.

  • Athletic pants (sweatpants, track pants, yoga pants) are limited to articles that are black or primarily black (e.g. small areas of non-black stripes or similar patterns are acceptable).

  • Bottoms should not have rips, cuts or tears.

  • Pajama bottoms are not permitted.

Footwear:  Shoes must be worn at all times.  

  • Shoes must be closed-toed and hard-soled and permit students to move quickly in the case of an emergency.  

  • House slippers or shoes with cleats are not permitted.

Other:  

  • Piercings are permitted but must not restrict necessary activities/movements of students.  This determination will be made at the discretion of staff members.

  • Tattoos can be visible as long as they adhere to the community expectation of content.

  • Heavy jackets and hats may be worn into the building but should be removed and placed in lockers before 8:15.  

  • Blankets are not permitted to be carried or worn.  

  • Hats, caps, sunglasses, du-rags, rollers, picks, and any other head coverings are not to be worn in the building during the school day, with exception of the following: Headbands and non-patterned bandanas (modified/rolled into a headband) may be worn as an accessory for one’s hairstyle.  Paisley-patterned bandanas of any color, any type of patterned bandana of any color, or non-patterned bandanas or headbands associated with gang colors are not permitted.

N.B.  DSST Staff reserves the right to make a final determination on whether items of dress not directly referenced in our policy meets our expectations in alignment with our values, mission, and dress code principles.

Intentional Dress Days and Guidelines

In alignment with our mission and college-going focus, there are certain times of the year when students are expected to modify their dress code to enhance one's professional perception.  Therefore all students should have the following by the beginning of September:

  • At least one pair of dress shoes

  • At least one dress shirt or top

  • At least one pair of non-jean dress pants or a dressy non-denim skirt or dress in order to meet expectations of certain intentional dress days.  

If you are not able to obtain these items by the beginning of September, please contact your student’s Dean.  

College Interviews and College Visits:

College representatives will often base their impression of applicants on how seriously the students prepare for the meeting.  Therefore, at a minimum when there is a possibility of meeting a college representative, students should meet the daily dress code AND ALSO wear dress pants, a skirt or a dress instead of jeans, they should wear dress shoes instead of athletic or casual shoes and they should not wear a hooded jacket.  

Internships:

A student’s internship is intended to prepare them for the workforce.  Therefore, students are expected to meet the expectations of their internship mentor every day.  For some internships that may be a specific uniform and for others that may be a dress code similar to our Daily Dress Code.  

Other Activity-Specific Dress:

Depending on particular activities, including but not limited to athletic events, presentations labs, physical activities (on and off campus), after school events, and trips there may be different expectations on such days and students are expected to meet these requirements.  Adult(s) in charge will communicate any modified expectations, as these vary in nature.

Consequences:

Our belief in high-expectations is grounded in the belief that there should be consistent follow through when expectations are not met.  Students who do not meet dress code expectations will be given three options to resolve any infractions:

  • Students will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.

  • Students will be provided with temporary school clothing to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.

  • If necessary, students’ parents may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.

Staff shall always seek to prevent any incidences of “shaming” a student regarding dress code, including asking a student to kneel or bend over over to check attire fit, measure straps or skirt length or ask students to account for their attire in front of others.  Staff shall apply this dress code policy consistently for all students, regardless of race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, or body type/size.  Students who feel they have been subject to discriminatory enforcement of the dress code should contact the Associate School Director.


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