Student Dress Code

Student Dress Code
Posted on 05/17/2022


Students: The Akron Board of Education adopted this revised mandatory Dress and Grooming Policy ("Dress Code") for all students in grades K-12 beginning in August 2007. This Dress Code does not supersede policies at schools where uniforms are required. NOTE:  For 2021-22 school year uniforms are not required.

This Dress Code is intended to foster discipline, order, safety, health, and an environment conducive to academic learning. The responsibility for understanding and adhering to the district-wide Dress Code rests with students and parents, and it is expected that students will come to school dressed and groomed in accordance with this Code. 

Building staff and administrators shall allow deviations from this Dress Code based on religious, medical, or other special circumstances or for special school activities.

As a general rule, all garments must be neat, clean, properly sized, and without holes and rips or unacceptable in manner. Students may not wear anything that promotes gangs, tobacco, drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, or anything illegal or immoral.

Head: Hats, caps, do-rags, bonnets, and non-religious head coverings are not permitted. Hair and hair accessories must be unobtrusive and should not create a distraction to education.

Shirts: Shirts must be properly sized. Underwear, shoulders, chest, back, and midsection may not be visible. All

shirts must have a sleeve. Shirts cannot be longer than the wrist level of a student’s arm. If the shirt is longer than the wrist length, the shirt must be tucked in.

Hoodies: No hoodies or hooded apparel will be permitted to be worn over the head.

Bottoms: All lower garments must be anchored at the natural waist and cannot drag on the ground or have

inappropriate writing across the seat. Tight-fitting, oversized, drooping, and garments exposing more than mid-thigh are not permitted. Pant waistbands may not be more than one inch bigger than the student’s actual waist size. Pants cannot be gathered or drawn together at the waist and must be worn at the natural waist. Shorts, dresses, and skirts must be fingertip length.

Belts: A belt must be worn if the pants will not stay at the student’s measured waistline.

Other: All clothing designed as outerwear, worn to and from school, cannot be worn indoors during the regular

school day. Clothing designed for sleepwear is prohibited.

Shoes: All shoes must be secured to the foot. Slippers and flip flops are not allowed.

Accessories: Sunglasses cannot be worn in the building. All jewelry and accessories must not be distracting or create a safety hazard.

Enforcement: In order to promote a safe and healthy school setting and enhance the educational environment, the Dress Code shall be incorporated into the Code of Student Behavior. Any student who is in violation of the Dress Code may be subject to discipline and may be required to change into compliant clothing before being permitted to attend classes or school activities.

Modifications: The Board authorizes the Superintendent to review, assess, and revise the Dress Code established by this policy at any time, after consultation with the Board.
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