Dress Code

Syracuse Arts Academy

Dress Code Policy

Syracuse Arts Academy believes that a mandatory school dress code policy will provide a more secure school environment, promote an atmosphere for greater discipline, and increase learning opportunities for students by removing many of the distractions and connotations associated with various types of clothing.

All students are required to follow the dress code policy. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children wear the designated school clothing as outlined below.

Colors

dress code

Tops

  • Shirts must be of a collared style and of a solid color, either white, red, dark green, navy blue or black (see above) with standard buttons.
  • Appropriate collared styles are blouse, polo, oxford, turtleneck, or dress shirt.
  • No screen printing or logo shirts should be visible unless they are on school shirts or logos.
  • Collared style shirts with the school name or logo are acceptable and available for purchase.
  • Sweaters or vests may be worn in solid white, red, dark green, navy blue or black.
  • Hoodies: Hoodies must be solid white, red, dark green, navy blue or black sweatshirts with hoods (hereafter referred to as “hoodies”). Both pullover and zip-up styles may be worn in class for physical comfort. No logos may be on the hoodies unless they are the official school name/logo.
  • School shirts must be worn under hoodies at all times.
  • Hoods may not be worn on the head while in the school building.

Bottoms

  • Girls should wear skirts, jumpers, skorts, shorts, capris or pants in solid navy blue, tan, black or green plaid.
  • Boys should wear pants or shorts in solid navy blue, tan or black.
  • Skirts, shorts or skorts are to be no shorter than two inches above the kneecap.
  • No denim.

Accessories

  • Socks or tights should be worn at all times.
  • Appropriate colors for socks include black, white, navy blue, red, or dark green; socks may be ankle, crew or knee length. Girls may also wear smooth opaque and/or light weight cable knit tights in the school colors.
  • Girls may wear inconspicuous shorts under skirts and jumpers.
    If leggings are worn, they must be worn under a skirt or skort.
  • Leggings will not be allowed to replace pants. Students will still need to wear socks if they choose to wear leggings. 
  • Belts are recommended and must be solid brown, black or school approved color.
  • Ties/scarves are optional and must be in a school approved color.
  • Shoes must not be open-toed, backless, lighted, rolling or otherwise designed to make a sound.

Dress & Grooming

  • The dress code at SAA is mandatory. Dress and grooming standards are part of the dress code regulations.
  • Students must follow the dress code during school hours, except under specially designated circumstances.
  • Students must also follow the dress code for all before and after school programs, except where activities permit alternate attire (i.e. sports, dance, etc.).  Students must present a modest, clean, and neat appearance at all times. All clothing must be clean, appropriately sized, and worn correctly. Shirts must be buttoned.  Bottoms must be worn at the waist. Shoes must be tied or fastened. Clothing must be worn right-side- out, appropriate underwear must be worn, etc.
  • Clothing shall not be excessively worn or have holes.
  • Girls may wear jewelry or hair accessories that are appropriate for wear at school and are not a distraction.
  • Hair must be kept neat and have a combed appearance and be appropriate for school.
  • No extreme hair color or styles. Hair color should be a color that naturally occurs on people.
  • Any makeup worn should be appropriate for school.
  • No hats or head coverings may be worn in the building.
  • Outer wear that is worn for warmth to and from school and at outside recess is not
    considered a dress code item. Any sweaters or hoodies worn inside the classroom must be consistent with school dress code colors, and requirements.
  • Distracting drawings on the skin, tattoos, or visible piercing, other than the ear, will not be allowed.
  • Sunglasses should not be worn in the building.

Dress items not specifically covered above but considered inappropriate or contrary to the purpose statement in the School Dress Code Policy are subject to review and interpretation by the school administration.

Spirit Shirts

  • Students may be allowed to wear a designated school spirit shirt on select days.
  • Spirit shirts may be worn for Jr. High P.E but not under uniform shirts as part of the daily dress code.

If the student fails to comply with the dress code it may result in suspension from school or other corrective action..

P.E. & Sports Practice Dress Code

7-9 grade students must change for their P.E. class. 

  • Shirt: Plain white t-shirt without logo’s or screen print. Students may wear the Spirit Shirt. (No sleeveless shirts, open sides, or spaghetti straps. Must not be skin tight.)
  • Shorts: Needs to be appropriate for P.E. activities.
  • Shoes:Non-marking gym shoes must be worn with socks.

Field Trip Attire

This specific school uniform should be worn for all field trips and other specifically designated occasions.

  • K-6 grade students wear a solid red top (with or without the school logo) and solid navy uniform bottoms.
  • 7-9 grade students wear a solid red top (with or without the school logo) and solid tan uniform bottoms.

Dragon Dress Day

On Dollar Dress days and other specified occasion this dress code will be used. Students are still expected to dress in a manner that positively impacts the learning environment. Clothing must be modest, tasteful, and must not compromise safety standards for our students. Students may wear clothing of their choice as long as they are within the guidelines below.

The following clothing will
not be permitted:

  • Baggy or sagging pants or shorts.
  • Excessively oversized jackets or coats.
  • Slippers or bare or stocking feet. No open toe or heeled shoes.
  • Clothing that is torn, ripped or frayed.
  • Short shorts/skirts. The length must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
  • Tank tops. Shirts must have sleeves.
  • Sheer material. Must have modest clothing underneath.
  • Clothing with exposed midriffs, buttocks, or cleavage.
  • Clothing which displays obscene, vulgar, lewd or sexually explicit or implicit words,
    messages or pictures.
  • Clothing that advertises a substance a student cannot legally possess or use.
  • Clothing that advertises or may represent gang affiliation, including colors, numbers,
    or brand names.
  • Pajamas

Please adhere to the Dress & Grooming Standards and other rules listed in this Dress Code Policy.

Best Dress Code for Sport Teams, Music Performances and Dances

On game days students that are eligible to participate in the sports activity can wear Best Dress. Some dances will also be best dress. Students are expected to dress up in professional dress, like they are going to a job interview. Boys should wear suit pants or slacks, with a dress shirt and tie. Girls should wear a dress, skirt, or dress pants and a blouse.

Dress that may be construed as inappropriate under this policy includes, but is Not limited to:

  • No denim. Jeans and jean skirts are not considered dressing up.
  • No bare shoulders or backs. Dresses must have a sleeve. Shawls worn around the neck do not indicate compliance as these are usually removed inside the dance. A shrug or jacket may be worn to make the dress compliant; HOWEVER, they must be left on at all times.
  • No revealing clothing; tight, short, low cut in front (revealing cleavage) or back (No shoulder blades), No bare midriffs, No display of undergarments, and No sheer fabric exposing underwear, cleavage, midriff, or back.
  • No tops or bodices that are bare, strapless, spaghetti straps, tank tops, halter tops, or ‘razor backs’ that have bare sides (under the arm).
  • No short skirts/shorts; Skirts/Shorts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee, including slits.
  • No Clothing that is extreme or slovenly (oversized, baggy, or torn jeans) or for protest, defiance, dissent, or displays obscene, illegal substances, or suggestive words or pictures is not permitted.
  • No heels higher than 2.5 inches as these are a safety concern and can cause tripping/falling especially on the stairs.

A Note on Dance Behavior: Students that exhibit any behavior that is inappropriate or may potentially harm themsleves or any student around them may be removed from the dance. Behavior that is considered inappropriate under this policy includes, but is not limited to: vulgar, seductive, or inappropriate movements; “freaking”, freak dancing, grinding; “moshing”, dancing in a “mosh pit”; slamming, where students are violently pushing or shoving others; crowd surfing, passing students overhead or through the crowd and running through or around the dance area etc.

Administration Has Discretion

This policy is intended to create a framework to meet the purpose as stated at the beginning of this policy. As styles change, or if questions arise, the school administration, as the Board of Directors’ designee, has the authority to determine if a student’s dress in keeping with this policy. 

 

Teresa Peacock - SAA Board President
Updated: 6/28/2017