As warm weather approaches, it is important to remember that Cooperstown Central School District has a dress code that will be enforced for all students.
While we are aware that there are myriad opinions concerning the issue of student dress, the dress code was established to lead to a more positive school environment – reflective of the business of learning rather than the issue of current styles.
Parental supervision of student dress is critical to help to create a more positive learning environment, increase school pride and set a tone that facilitates a professional learning atmosphere in school. Please review the school handbook and closely reference its dress code guidelines with your student. Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.
DISTRICT DRESS CODE
A student will maintain personal attire and grooming standards that promote safety, health, and
modesty, and are not disruptive to the educational environment.
We at Cooperstown Central School recognize that choice of attire and grooming are matters of
personal taste. However, we must require that students appear at school clothed and groomed in
an appropriate manner that will enable us to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive for learning.
Any article of clothing or manner of style or make‐up determined by the administration to be disruptive to the learning environment or hazardous to the health and safety of the student(s), or teaching, shall not be allowed; including, but not limited to length of skirts and shorts, hair style, etc…
a. Shirts and blouses must overlap the top of pants and skirts AT ALL TIMES.
Shirts/blouses WILL NOT REVEAL CLEAVEGE OR MIDRIFTS when the student is
seated, leans forward, or when the student raises his or her arms. Teachers will
check for dress compliance each day.
b. Halters, tank tops, backless tops, spaghetti strap tops, off‐the‐shoulder tops, see‐
through shirts and blouses, or any other clothing determined to be too revealing,
suggestive, disruptive, or in poor taste will not be worn in school.
a. No low slung pants exposing underwear.
b. No holes, rips, or tears are permitted in “inappropriate” places. (Ex. Crotch, seat,
a. Dresses/skirts must reach the “mid‐point” of the thigh or below. (Must extend
beyond the longest finger when an individual’s arm hangs relaxed at his/her side.)
b. The top of the dress must meet the shirt requirement of the dress code or have
beneath it a shirt that does.
c. Slits in skirts may not be longer than a dollar bill’s length above the knee.
d. Shorts must completely cover a student’s front and backside for all school activities.
4. COATS /JACKETS
a. All coats and jackets must be removed and put in the student’s locker upon arrival at
school. Students are not permitted to wear or carry these clothing articles with them
during the day.
5. OTHER GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
a. All clothing should be clean and in good repair.
b. No head coverings are permitted (exceptions may be made for traditionally
recognized religious observation). This includes hats, do–‐rags, hoods, sweatbands,
stockings, etc… Students may not have in their possession a hat or headwear during
the school day. These should be placed in their locker upon arrival at school. Hooded
sweatshirts may be worn as long as the hood is not worn on the head.
c. No industrial or pet chains or collars around the neck, wrists, or waist or chains
attached to wallets or belts are permitted.
d. Clothing that displays the names or advertisements of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
products, profane, vulgar, violent, illegal, immoral, or hate messages, or sexual
innuendo is prohibited. Examples of some inappropriate displays include, but are not
limited to the following: sexual innuendos – hooters, big Johnson, coed naked. Hate
symbols – Nazi emblems, KKK. Illegal activities – Drink till you drop, the more I drink
the better you look. There can be and are many others. Students who have a
question about the appropriateness of their clothing should consult a building
e. Accessories must not disrupt the educational process or draw undue attention to the
individual. They must be free of offensive or suggestive words or graphics, and
contain no references to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, illegal/immoral substances, or
f. Footwear must be worn at all times.
g. Students are not allowed to wear, carry, or display gang paraphernalia.
h. No sunglasses may be worn or visible at any time during the day.
i. Spirit group uniforms worn to attend class must meet all dress code requirements.
6. STUDENT RECOMMENDATIONS
a. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for seasonal conditions.
b. A suggested rule of thumb to follow: If there is a question as to the appropriateness,
get approval first.