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Dress Code

Oak Ridge High School expects all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school sponsored event. The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and parents or guardians. The school is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health and safety of any student. Student attire cannot contribute to an environment that is hostile or intimidating. The dress code enforcement will not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, or cultural observance.


- Student dress codes should support equitable educational access.

- All students and staff should understand that they are responsible for managing their own personal distraction without regulating student clothing/self-expression.

- Reasons for conflict and inconsistent discipline should be minimized whenever possible.

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Basic Principles:

- Clothing must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, and nipples are covered.

- Items that obscure the face may not be worn at any time (except as religious observance).

- Clothes that depict alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs may not be worn at any time.

- Clothing with inappropriate images (including profanity, hate speech and pornography) may not be worn at any time.

- Clothing that poses a safety risk to others may not be worn at any time (spikes, etc.).

- Clothing that expose the entire back or sides of torso may not be worn.

- Strapless tops may not be worn.

- Swim wear may only be worn in physical education classes and athletic practices (swim).

- Foot wear is required at all times.

- Dress code is enforced at all dances, sports events and all school activities.