Dress code

  • School attire should be comfortable for the student, while also supporting a positive learning environment. Wearing “school appropriate” clothing avoids disruptions and creates a comfortable environment for all students and adults in the school. Students attending McKnight Middle School are expected to follow the dress code outlined below.

    Clothing that must be pulled up, pulled down, or continually adjusted throughout the day in order to meet the dress code will need to be changed upon request.

    Administration may employ an investigation and issue consequences for any student who repeatedly violates these expectations. Certain exceptions may be made during “Spirit Days” and will be communicated to students. Our expectations regarding McKnight Dress Code are:

    1.  Students will keep clothing with pictures, symbols, or messages that represent anything illegal, gang-related, or culturally derogatory or negative out of school.
      1.  Examples of prohibited topics/messages include, but are not limited to: Alcohol, tobacco, drugs, weapons, sexual messages/innuendos, racial slurs, and profanity.
      2.  Any message determined to cause a disruption shall be addressed.
    2.  Students will wear clothing that minimizes exposed skin, covers undergarments, and fits appropriately.
      1.  Students will refrain from wearing short shirts or tank tops with large arm holes that reveal extensive sections of skin such as the belly, or tops that expose large areas of the student’s back or shoulders.
      2.  Students will refrain from wearing tops with a low neckline. A neckline will be considered too low if a large area of the chest is visible.
      3.  Students will wear clothes in the position and in the manner in which they are designed to be worn. For example, hoodies and jackets may not be worn backwards and pants/shorts must sit near the student’s natural waistline (for example, “sagging” pants are not appropriate).
    3. Students may wear shorts, skirts, or dresses that are at least fingertip in length or longer.
    4. Students may wear leggings, tights, and yoga or other workout pants as long as undergarments are covered and the fabric is substantial enough as to prevent a see-through or transparent effect.
    5. Classroom teachers may decide if hoods or hats are appropriate for their classroom setting.
    6. Students will leave gloves, hats, and sunglasses in their lockers during the school day.
    7. Students will keep their faces visible, recognizable, and free of distraction.
    8. Students will wear shoes that are appropriate for a learning environment. Shoes must allow students to safely navigate the halls and stairs, as well as not hinder any required evacuation of the building.

    Consequences and Procedures for Dress Code Violations:

    • Students will be sent to the office to change into their PE clothes or another outfit, if available.  Repeated offenses or refusal to change into appropriate clothing may result in further disciplinary action, up to and including suspension.
    • Teachers and staff members have administrative support to address any dress code issue within a classroom, in the hallways, or in any other common areas of the school. Staff may ask that students adjust or change their clothing in order to comply with the dress code as they are interpreting it. There is no administrative “appeal” if a staff member in the building feels that the student’s clothing does not meet the dress code requirements. Students are expected to comply with all staff requests.
    • Administration may issue consequences for any student who repeatedly violates these expectations.