It is the policy of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington School District, Inc., Mount Anthony Union School District, North Bennington Graded School District, Pownal School District, Shaftsbury School District, and Woodford School District to enforce a dress code to create and maintain a productive and positive learning environment, minimizing disruptions and distractions.
I. The Mount Anthony Union School District.
A. The Dress Code policy of the Mount Anthony Union School District aligns with the school’s mission. Students and staff are expected to dress in a respectful manner, one that does not create a distraction from the learning environment. While we embrace individual freedoms, we recognize that school is a place of work for both staff and students and that their dress must underscore a climate of mutual respect. This policy requires all students and staff while attending school and all school-sanctioned functions to present themselves appropriately attired.
B. The following standards will be observed:
- Shirts, blouses, and dresses must completely cover the cleavage area, back, and top of the shoulders. Spaghetti straps, muscle shirts or tank tops, and halter-tops are not permitted. Shirts or tops must at all times cover the waistband of pants, shorts, or skirts with no midriff visible.
- Clothing that is ripped or torn in a suggestive and revealing way shall not be worn.
- Body wear that contains or includes messages implicitly or explicitly promoting use of substances such as tobacco, drugs, alcohol, or suggestive of sexual innuendo, bigotry, and gang affiliation is strictly prohibited.
- Body wear that contains or includes messages that in the judgment of the administration is obscene, lewd, vulgar threatening, intimidating or demeaning of an individual or group because of sex, color, race, religion, handicap, national origin, or sexual orientation is strictly prohibited.
- Skirts and shorts may be no shorter than mid-thigh.
- Undergarments must not be visible at any time. See through clothing is not permitted.
- For security reasons sunglasses and hoods worn over the head are not permitted in any of the buildings on campus.
- Body jewelry including chains, spikes and studs that may pose a threat of physical harm will not be allowed.
- Footwear is required at all times and must be safe and appropriate for indoor or outdoor activity.
C. The administration may allow exceptions in special events (prom, spirit day, etc.) and individual exceptions (religious or health reasons). Physical education classes and co-curricular activities may also have specific requirements or exceptions. The policy is designed to be as unambiguous as possible; however, in matters of subjective judgment, the administration reserves the right to determine whether the student’s attire is within the limits of decency and modesty.
II. Elementary School Districts
- See attached administrative regulations.
Administrative Regulations, Policy #5080 Elementary Districts
- Pants shall be worn fastened and at the waist.
- Skirts, dresses, and shorts of appropriate length are permitted. They must be long enough to reach mid thigh.
- Shirt tops and shirt blouses must meet the waistband of the pants / skirts.
- Skimpy or revealing clothing is not allowed. That includes transparent, see-through, or low cut tops; strapless, ‘tube’, halter, or spaghetti strapped tops; backless dresses or tops; “muscle shirts”; and other clothing that provides minimum coverage or shows cleavage. Sleeveless shirts, cut close around the arms, are acceptable.
- Clothing shall be worn in such a way that underclothing is not visible.
- Offensive Items: Anything that promotes or advertises drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, or things of a violent or sexual nature is not allowed. Anything that is vulgar, obscene, rude, lewd, or is aimed at demeaning a specific group or individual is prohibited.
- Sunglasses or hoods must be removed at the entrance of the school building and shall not be worn while in the school building. Hats will not be worn inside the schools.
- Any article of jewelry that is considered to be a safety hazard is prohibited. Example: spiked or studded jewelry.
- Exceptions. The administration may grant general exceptions for special events (prom, spirit days, etc.) and individual exceptions (for example, for religious or health reasons), upon application by the group or individual.
- Students, employees and volunteers are expected to meet dress code expectations each day of school. Anyone who chooses to not meet the dress code will not be permitted in class until the inappropriate clothing is replaced with appropriate clothing.
School administrators and teachers may require special clothing for health or safety reasons for students participating in physical education, certain extracurricular activities, work with or around machines or other activities. However, no particular brand may be required.
- In all cases in accordance with this dress code, school administrators will determine what is “appropriate attire”.