2022-2023 DRess Code

DECA expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school sponsored event. Student dress choices should support the District’s intent to sustain an inclusive community of a diverse range of students. The main responsibility for a student’s attire is with the student and their parent(s) or guardian(s). Our district is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health, wellness or safety of any student; that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student; and that the enforcement of the dress code does not support or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, gender, 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 wellness and educational goals of the school and must be explained within this dress code.

Students Must Wear: 

  • A Shirt (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms), AND 

  • Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress or shorts), AND 

  • Shoes. 

Students May Wear: 

  • Religious headwear 

  • Hoodie sweatshirts (wearing the hood overhead is not allowed). 

  • Fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans”  

  • Ripped jeans, as long as underwear and buttocks are not exposed. 

  • Tank tops with one inch wide strap and fabric in the front, back, and side immediately underneath the armpits; halter tops 

  • Athletic attire 

Students May NOT Wear: 

  • Violent language or images. 

  • Images or language depicting/suggesting drugs, alcohol, vaping or paraphernalia (or any illegal item or activity). 

  • Bullet proof vest, body armor, tactical gear, or facsimile. 

  • Midriff/Crop Tops

  • Hate speech, profanity, pornography. 

  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups. 

  • Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments.

  • Swimsuits (except as required in class or athletic practice). 

  • Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon. 

  • Any item that obscures the face or ears (except as a religious observance). 

Dress Code Enforcement:

To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the dress code consistently using the requirements below. School administration and staff shall not have discretion to vary the requirements in ways that lead to discriminatory enforcement. 

  • Students will only be removed from spaces, hallways, or classrooms as a result of a dress code violation as outlined above. Students in violation will be provided three (3) options to be dressed more to code during the school day: 

    • 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. 

  • No student should be affected by dress code enforcement because of racial identity, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, cultural or religious identity, household income, body size/type, or body maturity. 

Adapted from Evanston Township High School