New Student Dress Code

  • New Student Dress Code
    In November, the Board of Education conducted a work session with community input to review the District’s existing Student Dress Code policies, and discuss current trends in school dress codes across the country. We are pleased to report that the District will be piloting a new Student Dress Code in the schools immediately following spring recess. Students will be made aware of the revised policy in advance. The District will also be monitoring the implementation of this pilot over the course of the coming months. See the new guidelines below:

    The Board of Education of the Dobbs Ferry Schools District believes that the responsibility for student dress and general appearance rests with individual students and parents.  However, the Board requires students to attend school in appropriate dress that meets health and safety standards and does not interfere with the learning process.

    Appropriate school dress has a positive impact on student behavior and increases the esteem in which students and the community regard the school.  Students have the responsibility to use discretion and common sense in their choice of clothing.  Students are expected to wear clothing appropriate to the school. 

    Students Cannot Wear:

    • Violent language or images on clothing
    • Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity) or the use of same.
    • Clothing with hate speech, profanity or pornography.
    • Images and/or language that create a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class.
    • Helmets, hoodies which cover the head or other headgear that obstructs the face.
    • Clothing or footwear that could pose a safety hazard.
    • Visible underwear or bathing suits of similar design

    Please Note:     Visible waistbands or straps on undergarments worn under other clothing are not a violation.

    Administrative personnel have the authority to require a student to change his/her attire should it be deemed inappropriate according to the guidelines.