Administrative Regulation 401.55 A
Staff Dress Code
The purpose of the DCSD staff dress code is to ensure that employees dress in a professional and appropriate manner in order to establish and project a professional image expected by all constituents (students, parents, community at large) of an educational institution. No dress code policy or supporting rules and regulations can cover all possible contingencies, therefore, employees are expected to exercise good judgment within the guidelines set forth herein in their choice of what to wear to work. Where doubts exist regarding choice of work attire, ask your supervisor.
“Business casual” not casual, dress is the expectation for professional staff. The following list, while not all inclusive, provides examples of what would not be acceptable in a business casual work environment.
- Jeans, sweatpants, shorts
- Flip flops (rubber, shower shoes)
- Tank tops, tube tops, halter tops
- Clothing that reveals too much cleavage, back, chest, stomach or underwear
- Short, tight skirts
- Tee Shirts (exception those appropriate for wear under another blouse, shirt, jacket or dress)
- Clothing with inappropriate words, pictures or slogans
Fridays may be designated as spirit days where spirit themed clothing may be worn, but is not a “dress down” or casual day.
The dress code and regulations apply to all contracted work days.
In all cases, the employee’s supervisor and/or the Director of Human Resources shall determine if an employee’s clothing meets the intent of the dress code policy and regulations. In cases where clothing fails to meet standards the employee will be asked to refrain from wearing inappropriate clothing in the future. In cases where an employee continues to disregard expected standards of dress, the employee will be sent home to change clothes and be subject to progressive disciplinary action.
Exceptions may be made by administrators/supervisors based upon employee assignment and/or responsibilities.
- Adopted 1/3/2011 (effective beginning of 2011-2012 school year)