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Standards of Student Dress

Austin O’Brien Catholic High School Standard of Student Dress

Philosophy:

In Edmonton Catholic Schools, students are expected to dress in a manner that honors the dignity of the human person, who was created in the image of God, and that supports an inclusive, welcoming, caring, respectful, safe, and Catholic learning environment that promotes the well-being of all. Each school in the Division will have a Standards of Student Dress for their community. Understanding that it is not possible to list all the specific types of acceptable and unacceptable student dress, the purpose of establishing Standards of Student Dress is to empower students to make appropriate choices

Students are expected to dress in a manner which is appropriate for the school day or for any school sponsored event. All students shall come to school dressed in a comfortable manner that allows them to be authentically who they are, while also meeting the standards in this document.

Students who do not meet the Standards of Student Dress will be required by the school principal or their designate to meet the standards before participating in school activities. Schools will facilitate the enabling of students to meet the standards in such situations whenever possible.

  • Student dress must maintain personal safety and the safety of the school community. 
  • Students may wear clothing with logos or text on it that is positive in nature, respectful, or implies or encourages a healthy lifestyle/choice for children and youth. 
  • Underwear (including but not limited to braziers, bras, underpants, panties, boxers, briefs, drawers) must not be visible or exposed, and buttocks and nipples must be covered with opaque fabric and remain so during all activities over the course of the school day.
  • Students are not permitted to wear articles of clothing, jewellery, or accessories that indicate or suggest membership in or affiliation with any group or organization that does not support a welcoming, caring, respectful, safe, and Catholic learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging.

Students at Austin O’Brien Catholic High School may wear, as long as they are in alignment with this standard’s philosophy:

· A shirt or the equivalent (tops: t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, tank tops, blouse) with fabric in the front, back, and sides under the arms. * A sports bra, worn on its own, is not considered a shirt or equivalent

· Pants or the equivalent (bottoms: jeans, leggings, sweatpants, skirts, dresses, shorts), *

· Shoes/footwear*

· Headwear that is specifically required for (a) religious observance (i.e., hijab, yarmulke, turban), (b) headwear that reflects a student’s culture such as a durag/do-rag, wig, headband, bonnet, or handkerchief, or (c) headwear worn for medical reasons in consultation with the principal.

· Hats, tuques, and other headwear must allow the face to be visible to staff, and not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff. Hoodies must allow the face and ears to be visible to school staff. As a sign of respect for important traditions and national institutions, hats/tuques must be removed during school prayer or when celebrations are occurring as well as during the playing of the national anthem (Oh Canada) and during the Treaty Six land acknowledgement.

* Courses or activities may require specific attire for safety or curriculum purposes (i.e.: CTF/CTS, PE, science labs, Foods, field trips)

Students at Austin O’Brien Catholic High School may not wear:

· Articles of clothing, jewellery or accessories that indicate or suggest membership in or affiliation with any group or organization that does not support a welcoming, caring, respectful, safe, and Catholic learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging 

· Articles of clothing that discriminate based on age, religion, gender, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, body type, race, ability, and socio-economic status

· Articles of clothing with words or text that depict or imply hate, violence, profanity, drugs/drug use, alcohol/alcohol use, sexual activity, or criminal activity

Students who have not met the standard, as outlined above, will be addressed in the following manner:

· At the first possible opportunity for a private conversation, the staff member who has identified the issue will speak to the student about the concern in a manner that respects their privacy and dignity. Care will be taken to avoid “shaming” or statements of bias.

· The student will be presented with options to bring them into closer alignment with the standard for the remainder of the school day such as:

· Wearing another article of their own clothing which they have at school that is in alignment with the standard

· Contacting a parent or guardian to bring in an article of clothing that is in alignment with the standard

· Borrowing an article of clothing from a friend that is in alignment with the standard.

· Where possible, students should not be required to wear school owned replacement garments and should never be required to wear specific garments as a disciplinary measure.

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