Student Dress Code

At Owen Middle School, we believe that everyone has the right to feel comfortable while on campus.

General Guidelines
Students will:

  • Wear clothing including both a top and bottom or the equivalent (for example: dresses or shirts and pants, leggings, skirts, or shorts)
  •  Wear shirts that fully cover the front and back of the torso and sides
  •  Avoid showing undergarments, though shoulder straps and/or waistbands are acceptable. Backsides should be completely covered and unseen at all times.
  •  Avoid wearing sleepwear: pajamas, slippers, blankets (blankets can be stored at school if students use them on the bus).
  • Wear footwear that is appropriate for tasks: classwork, lab work, P.E.
  •  Wear protective gear, including face masks, as mandated by school on school properties 

Message/Image Guidelines
Students will:

  •  Avoid wearing clothing with offensive images or language, including profanity and hate speech, as well as images advocating violence/drugs/alcohol, discrimination, or bullying in any way (please see the Buncombe County Schools policy for more information).

Safety Guidelines
Students will:

  •  Have no hoods on their head while in the hall or common areas
  •  Have no hat brims facing front while in the hall or common areas
  •  Have no covering of eyes while in the hall or common areas
  •  Have no earbuds or covering of ears while in the hall or common areas

Dress Code Rationale

  • All students should be able to be comfortable within the educational environment without fear of discipline or body shaming.
  • All students and staff should understand that they are responsible for managing their own personal "distractions/perspectives" without regulating other individuals' clothing/self-expression.
  • Student dress code should not result in barriers to school attendance or loss of work time for guardians.
  • Teachers should be able to focus on teaching and building relationships without the often uncomfortable burden of dress code enforcement.
  • All faculty and staff should ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender/gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type/size, religion, and personal style.

Goals

  • Provide a safe learning environment
  • Provide a community building approach to student dress code that supports equitable educational access and does not reinforce stereotypes or increase marginalization based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, political views, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, heritage, body type/size, or any other attribute.
  • Prevent students from wearing clothing with offensive images or language, including profanity and hate speech (confederate flags are not allowed under CO dress code rules), as well as images advocating violence/drugs/alcohol, discrimination, or bullying in any way.

Student Rights:

  • Students should be comfortable in school 
  • Students should not be required to display their body in front of others (students, parents, or staff) in school for any reason, including, but not limited to:
    • Being asked to kneel or bend over to check fit
    • Being asked to measure straps or skirt/short length
    • Being asked to account for attire in class or in hallways in front of others
    • Being called out, anywhere, about perceived dress code violations in front of others
    • Being accused of distracting others with their clothing.