Penn Yan Academy Dress Code

All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance appropriate for the school environment. The school district recognizes that some school functions are special events such as the eighth grade dance, Senior Ball, music performances, and field trips. Appropriate dress code for these special events will be agreed upon by the school administration and the sponsoring organization. All essential partners should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance, regardless of current trends, in the school setting.

A student’s dress, grooming, and appearance shall:
1. Be safe and appropriate and shall not disrupt or interfere with the educational process or school environment.

2. Items such as unsecured chains, stud collars, spiked bracelets, etc. are not permitted.

3. Brief garments, such as, athletic clothing, see through shirts/blouses or shorts, short skirts, or clothing that reveals cleavage, buttocks or other clothing such as, deep “V” and plunging neck line, are not permitted. All shorts and skirts must be no shorter than fist length (determined by hands in a fist and arms fully-extended down. This is a
guideline and reasonable judgement should be used). Garments showing midriff (Student will take 3 of their fingers
(index, middle and ring) and lay them flat against their stomach directly above their pant line. There should be no more than 3 fingers worth of midriff showing (within reason).

4. Ripped clothing items that violate the code listed above, such as shorts, skirts and pants that are too revealing or do not meet the “fist standard” are not permitted. Ensure that undergarments are completely covered with outer clothing.
5. It is each principal or designee’s responsibility to set the appropriate standard of dress that balances appropriateness and maturation with the dress code language listed above.

6. Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is deemed a safety hazard will not be allowed.

7. Not include the wearing of headgear, including bandanas, hats, sunglasses and raised hoods in the school building during school hours unless previously approved by administration.

8. Not include items that may have suggestive implications or may be deemed vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others on account of disability, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, military status and shall not disrupt or interfere with the educational process (includes masks and face coverings).

9. Not promote, endorse, or suggest the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal, sexual, or violent activities (includes masks and face coverings).

10.To ensure the safety and security of our buildings backpacks and other bags are to be secured in a designated location unless otherwise approved by administration. Each building Principal or his/her designee shall be responsible for informing all students and their parents of the dress code at the beginning of the school year and any revision to the dress code made during the school year.

Students who violate the dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item, and if necessary  or practical replacing it with an acceptable item (includes masks and face
coverings). Any student who fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to discipline, up to and including out-of-school suspension.