PSAA’s student image and dress policy seeks to instill in students respect and pride in their physical appearance and school image. The school’s dress code clearly indicates that appearance matters and is linked to being successful. Students’ clothing should be clean and neat. The dress code policy seeks to encourage modesty and appropriateness.
THE SCHOOL APPROVED WARDROBE
PSAA does not require uniform dress, however all school attire should be of appropriate size and length. Clothing is to be clean, modest and in good repair with no holes or frayed edges. Bare midriffs are not acceptable. Baggy pants, pants that are too long or oversized, or clothing that is excessively tight or short is not acceptable.
Students are allowed to wear casual school attire such as jeans (no holes or rips) and T-shirts. Shirts should have sleeves and not include any inappropriate pictures, words, logos or text with double meanings. Casual tank tops for boys or girls, sleeveless tops, tops that are low cut, or bare midriffs are not appropriate.
Throughout the year many students in various school organizations formally represent the school and communicate its mission to others in the community. On those occasions, additional specific guidelines for appropriate attire may be given and these guidelines will be enforced while the student is on campus, when traveling in school transportation, or attending the off-campus event.
ANSWERS TO COMMON DRESS POLICY QUESTIONS
ENFORCEMENT Students who fail to comply with the dress code may be removed from the classroom until their parent/guardian can provide them with acceptable clothing. Inappropriate items of clothing will be confiscated and held until picked up by the parent. The school assumes no responsibility for confiscated items that might be lost, stolen or damaged.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION ATTIRE
Students must dress down for physical education classes. Sweatshirts and sweat pants may be worn if the weather is cold. Non-marking sneakers must be worn at all times in the gym. The consequences for not following the P.E. dress down policy may include the loss of participation points.
SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND ACTIVITIES Dress for special occasions such as banquets or public performances at churches or other functions should be modest, neat and in good taste. Sponsors and the faculty will set appropriate guidelines for special dress-up occasions.
CONSEQUENCES FOR UNIFORM VIOLATIONS Students choosing to not follow the school’s dress code policy will be subject to disciplinary action including loss of privileges, detention, suspension, or, in the case of chronic problems, expulsion.