PTHS Student Handbook 2022-2023


APPEARANCE AND DRESS GUIDELINES Good taste in dress and grooming is an important part of the classroom environment and shows one’s individual maturity. The manner in which one dresses reveals a great deal about the person and leaves a distinct impression. Clothing should be worn as intended. While attending any event representing Pontiac Township High School, the dress code is expected to be followed. Students are expected to present an appearance that does not disrupt the educational process or interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching and learning climate. Dress or grooming which is not in accordance with reasonable standards of health, cleanliness, safety, modesty, and decency will be considered inappropriate. As a clarification of the above guidelines, the following are some examples that are considered unacceptable: ● Spiked apparel, spiked accessories, animal collars, chains, or wallet chains ● Head coverings of any kind. Examples include hats, caps, bandannas, sweatbands, hoods, etc. Requests to wear head coverings for religious purposes should be put in writing and given to the Principal ● Sunglasses unless prescribed by a doctor or approved by the administration ● Clothing (and accessories) with suggestive language and/or advertising, displaying or depicting alcoholic beverages, drugs, violent behavior, weapons, gang symbols, tobacco products, and sex ● Clothing made of see-through fabric ● Any attire that is too revealing or provocative will be considered inappropriate, and students will be asked to remove, change or cover this clothing. Examples include but not limited to revealing tops or blouses, spaghetti straps, tube tops, halter tops, tank tops, sleeveless T-shirts or undershirts, bare midriffs, clothing with holes, sagging, or any other clothing that is offensive due to it being revealing. Tops, which are not tucked in, must be long enough to cover the midsection when the student is in a sitting or standing posture. Pants should be worn at the waist without undergarments visible. ● Coats or blankets ● Clothing (and accessories) that targets groups or individuals in a lewd, obscene, or vulgar manner ● Shoes and/or sandals are appropriate footwear except where classroom safety is a concern ● Spandex shorts unless worn under acceptable shorts ● The length of shorts, skirts, or shirts must be appropriate for the school environment If there is any doubt about dress and appearance, the building administration will make the final decision. Refusal to change into proper attire as instructed by a building administrator will be deemed as insubordination and dealt with accordingly as listed in Disciplinary Measures.

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