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I posted a message earlier about back to school shopping and one person mentioned their district enforced a new dress code right before school began. I know this has been a topic for discussion before, but here it is again...

What's your teacher dress code in your building?

We dress up Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Tuesday we wear our anti-bullying shirts and Fridays we wear school t-shirts or hoodies with jeans. We don't have a set code for what we can't and can't wear... Flip flops are okay and although I wasn't sure about my dressy black bermuda shorts, the last time I wore them my principal complimented me on my outfit and I took that as those shorts were okay. Everyone in my building dresses appropriately on their own, so there really hasn't been a need for a formal dress code.


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Employee Dress Code As educators, our commitment to excellence should be reflected in our appearance. In general, a business casual style is appropriate for professional and paraprofessional employees. The following guidelines for teachers and instructional/office assistants have been developed to answer any questions about the district's standards for dress. Employees may choose to dress according to the student standard dress code with the exception of shorts and athletic and tennis shoes not being acceptable or they are required to be in professional dress.
Professional Dress Guidelines for Men Male employees should wear collared shirts, such as polo style, oxford style or dress shirts, and these may be long or short sleeved. Turtlenecks are also acceptable, but these would preferably be worn with a sport coat or jacket. All shirts should be worn tucked in. Acceptable sweater styles include pullover and cardigan styles. Although not required, men are encouraged to wear jackets and ties to work. Unacceptable types of shirts include T-shirts, sweatshirts, banded-bottom shirts or smock-style shirts designed to be worn un-tucked. Tailored dress slacks or business casual (Dockers® style) pants in a fabric other than denim are considered appropriate for the workplace. Cargo pants are unacceptable. If the pants have belt loops, a belt should be worn. Acceptable footwear includes dress shoes or casual shoes, such as leather-like, suede or loafer styles. Boots are also acceptable.
Professional Dress Guidelines for Women For female employees, clothing should convey a professional image by being coordinated, modest and appropriate for a business setting. Collared or un-collared shirts and tops may be pullover or button style. Shirts and tops that are not made to be worn out (i.e. shirts or tops with a tail) should be tucked in. Sleeveless tops are only acceptable for the workplace when worn under a jacket or a shirt-jacket at all times. Low-cut tops or shirts that reveal the midriff should never be worn to work. In addition to tailored or business casual pants, pant sets and business pant suits; women may also wear capri dress pants (mid-calf) when they are worn as part of a suit or a coordinated outfit. Leggings or lycra are not acceptable. Women's skirts should be of a modest, professional length, falling at or just above the knee. Skirts (or any clothes) that are too tight, too short or too revealing are not appropriate for the workplace. Sundresses are not acceptable.14
Shoes are a part of professional dress and can help to project a business image. Appropriate shoes include dress shoes or pumps; leather-like, suede or loafer-style shoes; and boots. Closed-toed mule or closed-toed slide styles are also acceptable. Casual sandals are not appropriate, but an open-toed shoe with a dress appearance and a dress heel is acceptable. Flat-soled flip-flops (V-strip through the toe), rubber, plastic, and foam shoes, and shower shoes are not acceptable.
Additional Professional Dress Guidelines Shorts, sweatpants, wind pants. warm-ups, scrubs, and athletic or tennis shoes are considered not acceptable. Administrators shall have the discretion to determine appropriate attire for those is special assignments (ex. physical education, technical education, special education, etc.) or for certain medical necessities. The following are inappropriate and shall not be worn: Denim or blue jeans except on specific days designated by the principal. Garments that are too revealing, too tight, or immodest Exposed undergarments Torn, ripped or faded clothing Hats or caps in building Grooming Standards Employees’ hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Other than earrings, there should be no other visible body piercing or tattoos.
Final Authority Administrators will have complete and final judgment on all matters concerning interpretation of the employee and student standardized dress code. Matters concerning appearance and dress not specifically covered in the standardized dress code policy shall be within the discretion of administrators.
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I'm sure there is some posted dress code somewhere for the district that states all the obvious stuff (no strapless shirts, short shorts, etc.), but they typically leave it up to the principals to enforce the more specific stuff. I've been really lucky so far at my school, we can pretty much wear whatever, within reasonable terms. On Fridays we wear jeans with our school polo shirts. The long shorts are fine at my school too. As far as tatoos go, most of the teachers who have them try to keep them covered, and you only see them occasionally, but they are not required to put a band aid over it or anything. So far, I have not seen any teachers wearing anything appropriate at my school since I started teaching there...

...now the parents on the other hand.........
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This is a copy of our dress code straight from our DISTRICT employee handbook. And it is strictly enforced.

Campus Based Personnel

GUIDELINES FOR MEN


  1. Clothing should convey a professional image by being coordinated, modest and appropriate for a business setting. Any clothes that are too tight, too short or too revealing are not appropriate for the workplace.
  2. Male employees may wear short or long-sleeved collared shirts, such as polo style, oxford style or dress shirts. Turtlenecks are also acceptable, preferably worn with a sport coat or jacket. All shirts should be worn tucked in. Acceptable sweater styles include pullover and cardigan styles. Although not required, men are encouraged to wear jackets and ties to work. Unacceptable types of shirts include T-shirts, sweatshirts, and smock-style shirts designed to be worn untucked.
  3. Tailored dress slacks or business casual (Dockers® style) pants in a fabric other than denim are considered appropriate for the workplace. If the pants have belt loops, a belt should be worn.
  4. Sweatpants, wind pants, warm-ups and cargo style pants are not considered appropriate for the workplace. Shorts, sweatpants, wind pants, and warm-ups are allowed to be worn in P.E. or athletics classes as appropriate; coaches are to wear long pants when not in P.E. or athletics classes and follow the regular professional guidelines for men while in the regular classroom.
  5. Jeans are only acceptable on days designated by the principal that are teacher work days. Be sure that jeans worn to work fit appropriately, are not torn or overly faded and do not show signs of excessive wear. Low-rise jeans that prevent modesty are not acceptable.
  1. Acceptable footwear includes dress shoes or casual shoes, such as leather-like, suede or loafer styles. Boots are also acceptable. Men should not wear sandals to work. Tennis or athletic shoes are acceptable only on spirit days for all personnel at the discretion of the principal and are also acceptable daily by personnel in P.E. or athletics classes.
  2. Scrubs and sensible or athletic shoes may be worn by nurses and employees that work with PPCD, Life Skills, RISE, BIC, FA, and BA.
  3. Crowley ID badges are required and should be worn by all personnel.
GUIDELINES FOR WOMEN




  1. Clothing should convey a professional image by being coordinated, modest and appropriate for a business setting. Any clothes that are too tight, too short or too revealing are not appropriate for the workplace.
  2. Female employees may wear collared or uncollared shirts/tops; they may be pullover or button style; and shirts/tops that are not made to be worn out (e.g. shirts/tops with a tail) should be tucked in. Sleeveless or cap-sleeved shirts/tops are not considered to be professional attire and as such should only be worn under a jacket or a shirt-jacket at all times. Low-cut tops or shirts that reveal the midriff should never be worn to work.
  3. Women may wear tailored or business casual pants, pant sets and business pant suits. In addition, they may also wear cropped dress or capri pants when worn as part of a suit or a coordinated outfit and must extend at least to mid calf. Skirts should be of a modest, professional length, falling at or just above the knee. Any fabric other than denim is acceptable.
  4. Sweatpants, wind pants, warm-ups, and cargo style pants are not considered appropriate for the workplace. Shorts, sweatpants, wind pants, and warm-ups are allowed to be worn in P.E. or athletics classes as appropriate; coaches are to wear long pants when not in their P.E. or athletics classes and follow the regular professional guidelines for women while in the regular classroom.
  5. Jeans are only acceptable on days designated by the principal that are teacher work days. Be sure that jeans worn to work fit appropriately, are not torn or overly faded and do not show signs of excessive wear. Low-rise jeans that prevent modesty are not acceptable.
  6. Shoes are a part of professional dress and can help to project a business image. Appropriate shoes include: dress shoes or pumps; leather-like, suede or loafer-style shoes; boots; closed-toed mule or closed-toed slide styles; and open-toed shoes/sandals with a dress appearance and a dress heel are acceptable. Thong sandals of any type are not considered to be professional attire (any sandal that has material that fits between the toes, especially the big and second toes
  1. and as such should not be worn in the workplace. Tennis or athletic shoes are acceptable only on spirit days for all personnel at the discretion of the principal and are also acceptable daily by personnel in P.E. or athletics classes.
  2. Scrubs and sensible or athletic shoes may be worn by nurses and employees that work with PPCD, Life Skills, RISE, BIC, FA, and BA.
  3. Crowley ID badges are required and should be worn by all personnel.
Clothing items that are inappropriate for the workplace regardless of department:






  1. Shower thongs, flip-flops or house slippers are not to be worn
  2. Torn or worn-out clothing
  3. Pants with frayed hems or that drag the ground
  4. Tight fitting or revealing clothing
  5. Tops with spaghetti straps without a jacket
  6. Tank tops without a jacket
  7. Clothing that shows bare midriffs
  8. Shorts/skorts/leggings
If you have any doubts about your attire, it is probably best not to wear it. The administration has the authority to determine any inappropriate dress of faculty and staff.
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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hayleys_mommy - I'm impressed, that is an impressive dress code. When I worked for Disney World we had a similar dress code, although if you can believe it, even more strict.

At my school, we are pretty relaxed. No tank tops, or flip flops, but open toe sandals are ok. We "dress up" (which I put in quotes since there are only about 2 teachers on our staff who ever wear skirts or dresses) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Wednesday we were are school shirts...(We got Charlotte's Web ones 2 years ago, and Where the Wild things are this last year) On Fridays almost everyone is in jeans. Additionally we have school dress up days once a month.


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I don't know of a dress code in my district
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but I agree with both of them that are posted here. I also find it troubling that their districts had to create a dress code...not aimed at the posters...my district has similar issues.

There are a few teachers at my school who must not consider their audience in the morning when getting dressed.

If you want to be treated as a professional, dress as such. I know it sounds shallow but it is true.

FWIW... I am a male, early 30s and I wear slacks, a dress shirt, and a sport coat every day to school. I may take off the coat and roll up my sleeves if I get hot.
For males, you can't tell me that a decent pair of dress shoes, good fitting slacks and a button up shirt is any less comfortable than jeans, tennis shoes, and a T-shirt.
I go back and forth on wearing a tie. I only do at Open House and Back to School Night. Ties seem to be seen less and less in most professional environments.
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I agree that it is kinda sad that districts have had to set up such strict dress codes. Obviously there was a need for it. I visited a school a few years ago in which the students had to wear uniforms, anything went with the teachers... Jeans and t-shirts were the norm. I was a visitor and was dressed up significantly more than the majority of the teachers. I didn't think that was right, especially considering the students were all required to wear khakis, tucked in polos, and belts.

That said, though, I think that such strict dress codes are kind of rediculous and nit-picky. There are quite a few of those rules that I don't follow, but I still feel as though I dress professionally and acceptable for my job. It's not like if I were handed those rules I'd have to buy a new wardrobe, but I would have to adjust some of my outfits.

I'm young and I love clothes and shopping. I also shop for clothes that multitask and function for both work and play.
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I will add that our students are required to follow a uniform dress code of:

khaki, black, navy bottoms (no denim at all or cargo pants)
maroon, white, navy, black, green, yellow, gray polos with no logos

That being said, I understand why we aren't allowed to wear jeans...but it would be nice once in awhile!
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I agree with Unseen and hayleys_mommy. I believe that if you want to be looked upon as a professional you should dress professionally.

I wish so much that our district had a dress code (if they do I'm unaware of it). We had a male teacher who dressed in gym clothes: t-shirt (some with the sleeves torn out just loved seeing his under arm hair) gym shorts, flipflops or tennis shoes. Not once did he wear long pants this includes jeans. The other male teacher always dressed in slacks and a dress shirt.

Most of our female teachers wear jeans, flip flops, sundresses, t-shirts. When our principal was asked about the dress of teachers he said that he couldn't mention it because teachers would go to the teachers's union.

Harry Wong says that teachers should wear professional if we want to be considered professional.
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We have all of the basic things in our dress code, but we also can't wear jeans, flip flops, or the long shorts. I know that a lot of people don't like having a dress code, but I do see the need. We used to have a principal that didn't enforce the dress code at all, and teachers started dressing more and more casual. It got to the point where as a whole the staff did not look professional at all. I agree that if I want to be treated as a professional I should dress and act professional.


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Our's is very formal. Men must wear ties, women must wear pantyhose. No flipflops, or capris. No tattoos showing.
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No jeans (except fridays with school shirt)
No shorts- even dressy suit kind
No shower shoe type flip flops
No tanks/ sleeveless has to have a certain width
No wind suits/track suits/ or sweatsuits
All tattoos must be covered
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I'm sure there is a formal dress code policy written somewhere for our district, but as PP stated, it's pretty much up to the principal to enforce what goes/doesn't go. But that being said, we have the ability to wear whatever we want. The nice thing about it is that no one abuses that privilege and almost everyone is dressed up Mon-Thurs. Friday everyone usually wears jeans and a school shirt/polo, but we have the ability to wear jeans any day that we want. I think I only wore jeans on a non-friday once or twice and it was usually a field trip day or an all day staff meeting. But I always dress it up with a nice shirt and shoes. There's a few who are more casual dressers on a daily basis than others, but they're also the ones who are lax on their teaching as well. Their unprofessionalism goes farther than just their dress (and everyone knows it)
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Wow, we have no dress code. We can wear jeans, flip flops,tennis shoes, sweat suits, t-shirts, nice shorts, etc...whenever we want. It does not have to be just on Fridays Our principal even wears sweatsuits and jeans too. Most teachers dress up most days...but it sure is nice to wear tennis shoes and jeans when you want. I can't imagine having to wear panty hose every day. Yikes!
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that I know of. We're allowed to wear anything we want - jeans, shorts, flip flops, etc. Personally, I think some people need to think about what they're wearing before they go to work, but that's just me.

I usually start off the week dressing more professionally. I'm a jeans girl, so I will wear jeans many days of the week, but I'd pair them with a nice top and heels. On Fridays we wear one of our school shirts.
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I would lose my lunch if I had to see the male teacher and his armpit hair!! That is just TOO much at work!!
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Shorts/skorts/leggings
I get the shorts and leggings part, but skorts? The skorts I have all come from Lands End uniform store, and I can't tell them from a skirt. Both hit right at the top of my kneecap, too. Are there other kinds of skorts?

We were the ones who had the dress code thrown at us with a day's notice. I didn't have to buy anything to be in compliance, since most everything the put on the "no no" list were things that didn't apply to me anyway. I did put my "bad" clothes (jeans, school t-shirts, and flip flops) in storage because I can't wear them anymore. I really don't go that many places other than church or work, and when I do I'm always going after one of those and don't change clothes.
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Our previous Super tried to impose a strict dress code after years of next to no dress code. I agree with a pp who equated lax teaching with lax dress, though. I'm talking about the distasteful clothing (including the gym wear) rather than nice jeans, polos, dressy bermuda shorts, knee"ish" length skorts, etc. I just wish a teammate wouldn't show so much skin. It is hard to look at her because she may be exposed (top or bottom) at any moment! She says she knows that the general dress comments from admin are directed at her, but she continues to wear them.
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My first school was VERY strict w/ dress code. We had school blazers we had to wear at all times, though you could sometimes get away w/ taking it off while teaching. No open toed shoes, even if they were dressy. They were considering requiring men and women to wear suits every day!!! I don't think that one went through, tho.

My current school has reasonable guidelines. Jeans and tennis shoes on Fridays only, and you're supposed to wear a school shirt or a dressier top w/ them - not just a t-shirt. General business casual guidelines. Nothing too specific that wouldn't be common sense.
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