Dress Code Policy

SHIRTS

Scholars may wear any shirts/tops/blouses, including sleeveless shirts, with the following guidelines:

  • NO TANK TOPS.

  • NO SKIN (SEE THROUGH/TRANSPARENT), UNDERGARMENTS, MIDRIFF, or CLEAVAGE SHOWING.

  • HOODS are to remain DOWN AT ALL TIMES in building.

  • Nothing inappropriate or offensive may be worn, including references to gang affiliation, memorial/RIP items, drugs, alcohol, and/or weapons.

PANTS

Scholars may wear skirts, shorts, sweatpants, pants, or jeans, with the following guidelines:

  • Skirts and shorts must be AT LEAST FINGERTIP length.

  • NO SAGGING.  Pants must be worn at waist at all times.

  • NO YOGA pants or leggings.

  • For destructed jeans, rips or tears should be AT KNEE LEVEL OR BELOW and ON THE FRONT SIDE of pants, unless tights or shorts are worn underneath.

ACCESSORIES

  • Nothing that can be used as a weapon and NO SUNGLASSES.

HAIR and HEADWEAR

Scholars CAN wear headbands or scarves tied as headbands, with the following guidelines:

  • NO hats.

  • NO other headwear (other than traditional religious apparel), including wave caps, shower caps/bonnets, tams, or other headwear that covers the entire head.

  • NO BANDANNAs.

SHOES and FOOTWEAR

No flip-flops or slides.  Safety is the rule for all footwear. Shoes must fit securely and be worn at all times.  Shoes that are not secure may present a safety hazard in the event of an emergency.

PROFESSIONAL DRESS

Scholars have the option to dress in Professional Dress AT ALL TIMES.

Seneca Guidelines for Professional Dress

  • Dress pants, khakis, or skirts (knee length) that fit loosely.
  • Dress shirts (button down or blouse), suit jacket/blazer, and/or sweater.
  • A tie is suggested.
  • Dresses with sleeves and/or sweater (shoulders covered).
  • Dress shoes (shoes with high heels should be no higher than 2.5 inches).

OTHER

  • Nothing inappropriate/offensive may be worn.  No undergarments should be showing.

  • No HEAVY outerwear, including rain or winter coats or jackets.  Coats and jackets must be stored in locker or backpack while scholars are in the building.

  • Anything disruptive to the learning environment will be referred to administrator.

Additional Seneca Dress Policy Information

When scholar is not dressed according to the Seneca dress policy, he/she is considered out of compliance.  When the scholar is determined to be out of dress compliance and the issue cannot be immediately corrected, the scholar will call home for assistance with correcting the violation.  If the parent/guardian cannot assist the scholar in correcting the violation, the scholar will report to ISAP.  ALL FACULTY AND STAFF ARE EXPECTED TO ENFORCE THE SENECA DRESS POLICY.

CONSEQUENCES OF INCORRECT DRESS

Any scholar who chooses to wear apparel that violates the school policy will be required to change to acceptable attire in order to remain in the regular classroom setting.  If none is available, they will be permitted to call home to have someone provide proper attire.**  Scholars will not be allowed in class in unacceptable attire.  Habitual violations of this policy will result in further consequences.  Scholars in violation of the dress code have the right to make up assignments, projects and tests.

Disciplinary measures used by the principal or assistant principals include the following:

  1. Parent/Guardian Conference
  2. Assignment to In-School Adjustment (ISAP)**
  3. Suspension from School*

*Repeated infractions will be considered refusal to follow directive/non-compliance with school policy and be handled accordingly.

**The amount of ISAP time a scholar serves will be taken into account by assistant principals when assigning relevant consequences.

Miscellaneous

  • R.O.T.C. uniforms are acceptable on days when they are permitted/required
  • Hats, coats, jackets, gloves, bandanas, rags and sunglasses will be placed in the locker upon arrival to school and remain in locker until the end of the school day
  • Special Dress Days will be assigned at the discretion of the administration

*ANY ITEM NOT LISTED ABOVE AS ACCEPTABLE IS CONSIDERED OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH DRESS GUIDELINE POLICY.

"Officially approved" requires prior approval by administration.