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Back to school shoppers beware!
As parents and students begin their back-to-school shopping, they should be aware of the student dress code for RSU 10.
To aid those decisions, Mountain Valley High School staff has prepared a mailing with a copy of the dress code. In addition, the mailing welcomes incoming freshmen, discusses goals with upperclassmen and congratulates seniors.
Principal Matt Gilbert said, “At school, we need to create an atmosphere of respect. Students demonstrate respect for their own bodies and respect for others around them.”
The actual school board policy states “Apparel that draws undue attention to the wearer can detract from the educational process and is therefore inappropriate. School is a work/learning environment; as such, acceptable standards of dress for a school setting will naturally differ from those standards associated with social attire.”
Gilbert explained, “The dress code is very similar to the one we had last year. The major difference is Spandex shorts or yoga pants are not appropriate for school.”
He continued, “I hope by getting the information out early, we can avoid parents and students purchasing inappropriate back-to-school clothing.”
In general, clothing must cover from shoulders to mid-thigh. Shoulder straps should be at least two fingers’ width and cover both shoulders. Midriffs, cleavage and backs must be covered. Skirts and shorts much reach mid-thigh. Exposed undergarments are not appropriate.
Gilbert commented, “Save the spaghetti straps for outside of school. If you have shirts that show too much, you will need to bring a sweatshirt to cover yourself.”
Clothing may not promote tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs. Messages with offensive or profane language are prohibited, along with gang-affiliated, sexually explicit or suggestive symbols or language.
“T-shirts can’t be disrespectful to women or any other group of people,” Gilbert continued. “T-shirts cannot glorify drinking or drugs. If you come to school with questionable messages on your t-shirt, you will be asked to change.”
According to the policy, wearing hats or caps is prohibited at the elementary and middle schools. Each high school can develop its own policy.
At MVHS, the no hat policy will continue from when students enter the building until 2:20 p.m.
Gilbert explained, “The no hat rule develops a professional expectation. In a lot of jobs you can’t wear a hat in an office building, during an interview, or when dealing with the public in a professional manner.”
All of the RSU 10 policies can be found at http://rsu10schools.com/education/components/docmgr/default.php?sectiond.... The student dress code will be posted soon.