STUDENT APPEARANCE (Board Policy 5511)
The administration is responsible for interpreting the appropriateness of student attire. Excellence begins with everyone being clean and suitably dressed for school.  Therefore, any attire/displays that are not conducive to an educational setting or are contrary to the goals of the Montague Area Public School District are not permitted.  Examples of inappropriate items include tight or revealing garments that expose too much skin, excessively short shorts, or clothing that interrupts daily student life, implies hate/violence/intimidation towards others or creates discord among the student body.  Also, any clothing or items that imply an obscenity or are related to drugs, alcohol, gangs, or tobacco will not be allowed at school.  Hats (or any other head covering) must not be worn in the buildings.

Listed below are guidelines to clarify dress expectation:

  • No clothing revealing bare midriffs 

  • Tops and bottoms must overlap

  • No strapless or spaghetti straps (acceptable straps must be two inches wide)

  • No clothing revealing visible underwear

  • No short skirts and dresses (acceptable skirts and dresses must be appropriate to wear at a place of employment)

  • No short shorts (acceptable shorts must have at least a 4 inch inseam or measure to the tips of the middle finger when arms are at sides).

  • No clothing exposing excessive cleavage

  • No transparent clothing

  • No sagging pants (acceptable pants must have the waistband at waist level).

  • No clothing that implies lewd, profane, or obscene material

  • No clothing that pertain to drugs, alcohol, weapons, gangs, or tobacco

  • No billed hats (baseball caps or any hat with a bill). No hoods. No bandanas.  

  • No sunglasses 

  • Student whose dress causes a substantial disruption of the orderly process of school functions or endangers the health or safety of the student, other students, staff or others may be subject to discipline.

  • If there is any doubt about dress and appearance, the building administration will make the final decision