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Riverbend Bears can’t bare their buns, chests or thighs

Parents might want to invest in some camisoles and belts for their teens for the coming school year.

Riverbend Principal Troy Wright is laying down the law early about the high school’s dress code for the 2012-13 year and said he’s doing his best to make expectations clear.

“We’re trying to make sure parents understand what the rules are,” Wright said, noting that the high school – like every other one in the county – has always had a dress code.

He sent a notice to parents today with detailed information about the dress code, which includes the appropriate length for skirts and shorts, that cleavage is unacceptable, and that undergarments cannot be exposed.

Among the specifics:

  • Skirts/shorts/dresses cannot be shorter than 3″ above the knee.
  • Pants/shorts must sit at the hips. They must not sag so that undergarments can be seen. It is not sufficient for shirts to cover up undergarments.  Undergarments must be completely covered by pants/shorts.
  • No cleavage. The chest area needs to be covered from armpit to armpit. If a scoop neck or v-neck shirt is below the armpit then a camisole or undershirt must be worn.
The message, as the new dress code states, is that: ”Student dress should reflect the notion that school is a place of business where student learning is the highest priority.”
Dr. Wright said the dress code isn’t remarkably different; the difference is his commitment to fairly and consistently carrying it out.

“On our part, we’re going to do a much better job of enforcing it,” he said.

Dr. Wright said he’s going to put a team of staff in place at the entrances each morning to  ”nip in the bud” any problems.

He said he’ll keep on hand a supply of T-shirts and sweats in case of problems.

Below is the full dress code issued by Riverbend High School today.

NEW Dress Code:

 Dress Code - Student dress should reflect the notion that school is a place of business where student learning is the highest priority.

a.    Ladies Shirts - No cleavage. The chest area needs to be covered from armpit to armpit. If a scoop neck or v-neck shirt is below the armpit then a camisole or undershirt must be worn. Bare midriffs are not permitted. No strapless tops or dresses allowed. If a sheer top is worn, a tank top or camisole must be worn so that it covers up cleavage and the stomach area.

b.    Men’s Shirts - No tank-undershirts are allowed.

c.    Pants/Skirts/Shorts/Dresses/Hats - Skirts/shorts/dresses cannot be shorter than 3” above the knee. If a skirt/short/dress is shorter than 3” above the knee – solid, thick leggings must be worn underneath that are no shorter than 3”above the knee. Leggings or tights are not allowed to be worn by themselves. Pants / shorts / skirts should not have large holes in them where excessive amounts of skin or undergarments can be seen.  Pants/shorts must sit at the hips, they must not sag so that undergarments can be seen. It is not sufficient for shirts to cover up undergarments.  Undergarments must be completely covered by pants/shorts. Hats, hoods, or any head covering such as bandannas or prohibited.

d.    ALL Clothing Clothing and accessories that promote alcohol, tobacco, drug usage or which display weapons or violence and which cause or are likely to cause a disruption within the school environment are prohibited. Clothing and accessories that contain vulgar, derogatory or suggestive diagrams, pictures, slogans or words that may be interpreted as racially, religiously, ethnically, or sexually offensive and which cause or are likely to cause a disruption within the school environment are prohibited. 

e.    Consequences - Upon arrival to school, students in violation of the dress code will be asked to change before reporting to class. Students who are unable to get a change of clothes will have to sit in ISS until a parent can bring a change of clothes. Repeat offenses will result in further disciplinary action.

 

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