Dress Code

Standards of Students Dress:

At Avery Outreach School, students are expected to dress in a manner that honors the dignity of the human person and supports an inclusive, welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment that promotes the well-being of all.

Core Values: 

In relation to student dress:

  • Students should be able to dress and style their hair for school in a manner that expresses their individuality without fear of unnecessary discipline or body shaming;
  • Students have the right to be treated equitably. Dress code enforcement will not create disparities, reinforce or increase marginalization of any group, nor will it be more strictly enforced against students because of racial identity, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, gender nonconformity, sexual orientation, cultural or religious identity, household income, body size/type, or body maturity;
  • Students and staff are responsible for managing their personal distractions; and
  • Students should not face unnecessary barriers to school attendance.

Universal Dress Code 

Students must wear:

  • A shirt or top with fabric on the front, back, and sides under the arms (shirt, blouse, sweater, sweatshirt, tank top, etc.)  
  • Bottom (pants, shorts, skirt, dress, etc.); and
  • Footwear (socks, shoes, slippers).

Students must NOT wear clothing, jewelry, or personal items that:

  • Clothing that exposes undergarments (straps not included). A sports bra worn alone is NOT acceptable, nor is a bathing suit. 
  •  Clothing that shows private parts (nipples, genitals, buttocks). Clothing must cover private parts in opaque (not able to be seen-through) material;  
  • Articles of clothing that discriminate based on age, religion, gender, gender identity/expression, body type, race, ability, and socio-economic status.  
  • Articles of clothing with words, text, or visuals that depict or imply hate, violence, profanity, drugs/drug use, alcohol/alcohol use, sexual activity.
  • Clothing that demonstrates gang association/affiliation.


Students wearing attire in violation of this policy may create a substantial disruption to the educational environment. They may also pose a hazard to the health or safety of others, and could lead to harassment, intimidation, and bullying.  

Staff will use reasonable efforts to avoid dress-coding students in front of other students.

Typical consequences for a violation of this policy include parent/guardian contact or conference and the directive to cover, change, or remove the non-complying attire. A student may be instructed to leave their classroom briefly to change clothes. The Principal or their designee should notify a student’s parent/guardian of the school’s response to violations of the student dress policy. 

Where questions arise regarding the appropriateness of clothing, the principal or designate will make the final determination of acceptability.