Ferndale Dress Code

Goals of the Ferndale Schools Dress Code

Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed, such as chemistry/biology (eye or body protection), dance (bare feet, tights/leotards), or PE (athletic attire/shoes).

  • Allow students to wear clothing of their choice that is comfortable.
  • Allow students to wear clothing that expresses their self-identified gender.
  • Allow students to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination.
  • Prevent students from wearing clothing with offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, and pornography.
  • Prevent students from wearing clothing with images or language depicting or advocating violence or the use of alcohol or drugs.

Basic Principle: Certain body parts must be covered for all students. Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, and nipples are covered with opaque material.

Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender/gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type/size, religion, and personal style.

Students Must Wear:*

  • Shirt
  • Bottom: pants/sweatpants/shorts/skirt/dress/leggings
  • Shoes; activity-specific shoes requirements are permitted (for example for sports)

* High-school courses that include attire as part of the curriculum (for example, professionalism, public speaking, and job readiness) may include assignment-specific dress, but should not focus on covering bodies or promoting culturally-specific attire.

Students May Wear:

  • Religious headwear
  • Hoodie sweatshirts (hood may not be on)
  • Fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans”
  • Athletic attire
  • Sunglasses (with recommendation from medical official)
  • Shorts that are no more than 3 inches above the knee

Students Cannot Wear:

  • Violent language or images.
  • Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity) or the use of same.
  • Hate speech, profanity, pornography.
  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class.
  • Midriff baring shirts
  • Pajamas
  • Tank tops, including spaghetti straps, halter tops, and “tube” (strapless) tops
  • Headwear that is not religious (hats, hoods, bandanas, etc…)
  • Visible underwear
  • Bathing suits
  • Helmets or headgear that obscures the face (except as a religious observance).
  • Potentially dangerous items (chains, metal spikes, pointed rings, etc…)
  • Any items that would qualify as gang symbols
  • Jeans/pants with ripped holes higher than acceptable shorts length