OBERLIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK
DRESS CODE—REGULAR SCHOOL DAYS
Students are expected to maintain a clean, well-groomed appearance. Students and parents/guardians are responsible for dress-code compliance and for purchasing uniforms. The school will issue dress-code violations. The principal shall determine the inappropriateness of clothing or grooming.
Only the approved purple or charcoal “ROAR” uniform shirt is considered acceptable, and must be worn at all times unless otherwise designated. NOTE: junior high students may still continue to wear the gold ROAR uniform shirts for the 2017-2018 school year ONLY – after the close of the 17-18 school session, gold uniform shirts will no longer be considered acceptable.
Dress code policy requires the following:
9-12 Boys Dress Code: Official ROAR uniform t-shirt in purple, uniform original khaki pants (pleated or not, cuffed or hemmed), or shorts (less than 3” above the knee). No labels or logos allowed.
9-12 Girls Dress Code: Official ROAR uniform t-shirt in purple, uniform original khaki pants (pleated or not, cuffed or hemmed), no exposed labels or logos. Approved original khaki skirts, skorts, jumpers, or shorts (less than 3” above the knee) may be worn.
7-8th Boys Dress Code: same as 9-12 Boys Dress Code listed above, with the exception of shirt colors: Junior High shall wear official ROAR t-shirts in charcoal. Gold ROAR t-shirts will continue to be acceptable for the 2017-18 school year ONLY.
7-8th Girls Dress Code: same as 9-12 Girls Dress Code listed above, with the exception of shirt colors: Junior High shall wear official ROAR t-shirts in charcoal. Gold ROAR t-shirts will continue to be acceptable for the 2017-18 school year ONLY.
Shoes—thongs, slippers, flip flops, or backless shoes are not allowed.
Belts must be solid brown or black, and may not have spikes, studs, rivets, logos, monogramming, or large buckles. Pants must have belt loops, and belts must be worn in the loops. Belts must be worn by all students.
Pants are worn at the waist—no sagging. No oversized or baggy clothing is allowed. No denim, drawstring pants, cargo pants, carpenter pants, or sweat pants are allowed. Pants may not contain side outside pockets or rivets on the pants. Pants must be hemmed—not cut off, ragged, or rolled up.
Shirts must be worn appropriately. Shirts MUST be long enough to cover the midriff area, especially when raising hands in class. Sleeveless shirts are not permitted. Only approved uniform shirts may be worn.
Sweatshirts & Hoodies: may only be school-approved designs, and a uniform shirt MUST be worn underneath. Teachers may ask a student to remove a sweatshirt, and the student must comply. The ONLY sweatshirts that will be deemed appropriate are official Oberlin High designs OR plain, neutral color (white, black, gray, or purple; no wording or designs) sweatshirts.
Outerwear must be mid-thigh or higher and open the length of the front by snapping, buttoning, or zipping. Jackets will be unsnapped/unbuttoned/unzipped upon entering the school. Trench coats are not permitted.
Jewelry—earrings are permitted for female students only. Male students may not wear earrings. Visible body piercing is not allowed (i.e. nose ,brow or lip rings). Bracelets or watches may not disturb the learning environment (no sweatbands, rivets, studs, spikes, etc., are allowed). “Grills” are also not permitted. Please note that smart watches (or any other wearable technology) are not allowed.
Hair—only naturally-occurring hair colors are permitted (black, brunette, auburn, or blond—natural or dyed). Hairstyles that draw attention are not permitted, including (but not limited to) mohawks or partially shaved hair. Boys’ hair should be no longer than 4 inches, and must be trimmed above the eyes. No other facial hair will be accepted; therefore, boys must be clean-shaven for school. Hats or caps are not permitted unless a pass is visible.
Other—students should not attach key chains or clip-on toys to their clothing, binders, or book sacks. Toys are a distraction at school. Students should not write on themselves or other students. If this occurs, the teacher may send the student to the bathroom to clean the skin and receive an unexcused tardy or a discipline note.
Personal grooming needs (combing of hair, adjusting belts, tucking of shirts, etc.) must be handled in the restroom—not in public view.
Students will be asked to remove prohibited items. These items may be taken by school officials and returned to the student or his/her parents at the end of the day. A student may not “take a note” to continue to wear the prohibited item. If the student refuses to remove the item, he/she will be sent to the office for compliance.
DRESS CODE—EXTRA-CURRICULAR EVENTS/FIELD TRIPS
The appropriateness of student conduct and dress at any extra-curricular activity at or sponsored by Oberlin High School shall be determined by the principal and shall be dealt with in a manner deemed appropriate by the principal.
DRESS CODE—CASUAL DRESS DAYS
Students may wear their own shirts, shorts, pants, or skirts. All other uniform rules apply. If uniform clothing is worn, all regular rules apply. Jeans may not have holes in them. The office reserves the right to determine whether clothing is inappropriate. If a student is not in compliance, he/she will call home for appropriate clothing and may lose “casual dress” privileges for the year.
All clothing should contain school-appropriate logos and writing.
Jewelry will follow the regular dress code guidelines.
Baggy pants that “low-ride” or “sag” are not allowed.
Pajama or sleep pants and sweatpants or wind pants are not allowed.
Exercise pants (sweats, wind pants), mesh shorts, or doctor pants (scrubs) are not allowed.
Girls should wear skirts and shorts of school-appropriate length.
Girls may not wear sleeveless blouses, low-cut tops, spaghetti strap tops, one-strap tops, or halter tops. Tops may not leave the mid-section exposed.
Students must wear the correct shoes; sandals, flip flops, potato shoes, backless shoes, “Crocs,” or slippers are not allowed.
Pants may not have holes in them, and they must be hemmed.
Belts and buckles must follow the regular guidelines.
On “Spirit Days” students may wear a school/club shirt to show spirit; no homemade shirts are permitted. Regular uniform pants are required. Shirts must be tucked in.
DRESS CODE—DRESS DOWN DAYS
As a reward for attaining exceptional test scores each year, the students are awarded a free dress day. Students MUST wear the free dress down badge around their necks, and may ONLY dress down on Mondays. Dress down days are awarded to students who achieved a score of Excellent, Advanced, Mastery, or Good on their end-of-year exams.
***If a student is caught dressing down without having their dress-down badge visible, the dress-down privilege will be REVOKED for the remainder of the school year.
NOTE: A student attaining a Needs Improvement (or) Fair (or) Approaching Basic (or) Unsatisfactory on any state test is NOT eligible for dress down days, regardless of whether or not they attained an Excellent/Advanced/Mastery/Good on any other state test.
DRESS CODE—SPECIAL EVENTS
For special events, such as banquets or ceremonies, students are expected to wear professional attire. Administrators reserve the right to final judgment on matters of dress code. Professional attire includes the following:
♦ Business suit with collared dress shirt and necktie; (or) sports coat, dress slacks, collared shirt, and necktie; (or) dress slacks/khakis, collared shirt, and necktie; (or) dress slacks/khakis and polo shirt.
♦ Dress shoes and socks.
♦ Business suit with blouse; (or) business pantsuit with blouse; (or) skirt or dress slacks with blouse or sweater; (or) business dress of appropriate length; (or) capris or gauchos worn below the knee, with coordinating jacket/suit.
♦ Dress shoes.
Inappropriate attire, for both males and females, includes:
♦ Jewelry in visible body piercing, or in the ears (for gentlemen)
♦ Denim or chambray fabric clothing of any kind, overalls, shorts, skorts, exercise or bike shorts
♦ Backless, see-through, tight-fitting, spaghetti straps, strapless, extremely short, or low-cut blouses/tops/dresses/skirts
♦ T-shirts, Lycra™, spandex, midriff tops, tank tops
♦ Sandals, athletic shoes, industrial work shoes, hiking boots, bare feet, or over-the-knee-boots
♦ Athletic wear, including sneakers
♦ Hats or flannel fabric clothing
♦ Visible foundation garments
DRESS CODE—SPIRIT DAYS
Students may ONLY wear the current school year’s approved spirit shirt on spirit days. No other spirit shirts or academic pep rally shirts may be worn on these designated days.
Students will not be allowed in class without a proper uniform. The school will contact the parents or guardians and allow them to bring clothes to the school. Until properly attired, the student may be assigned ISS.
A dress code note will be issued to the student for minor dress code infractions: no belt, logo on clothing, unapproved sweatshirts, skirt or shorts or shirt too short, “sagging” pants, improper shoes, and inappropriate outerwear. When a student has received six (6) notes in a six-week period (for discipline or dress code violations), he/she will be assigned to ASD. If he/she receives eight (8) notes in a six-week period, he/she will be assigned to ISS. Eleven (11) notes in a six-week period will earn a one-day out-of-school suspension.