• Student Appearance Code


    Students and parents have the primary responsibility for compliance with acceptable standards for student dress and appearance, and therefore will give proper attention to personal cleanliness and appropriate dress for school and all school related activities. Teachers, administrators, and other District personnel will exemplify and reinforce acceptable dress standards and assist students in developing an understanding of the standards for appropriate appearance as stated in the Student Appearance Code.

    The following standards support a safe and positive learning environment, while minimizing distractions in the school setting. Established by a representative committee of students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators they apply to all Kenmore-Tonawanda UFSD students independent of age, grade level, or location.

    • Any article depicting language, images, or themes that denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability is prohibited.

    • Any article that advertises, displays, or represents themes related to alcohol, drugs; illegal, abusive, suggestive, or controversial messages; or gang related activities are prohibited.

    • Any article that poses (or may pose) a threat to the health, safety, and well-being of others (including but not limited to decorative chains, wallet chains, studded bracelets, belts, and/or jewelry) is prohibited.

    • Hats or headgear of any kind (with the exception of hair bands and apparel for religious observance or medically required apparel) are prohibited.

    • See-through and strapless garments are not to be worn. Modest tanks are appropriate as long as the chest area is covered from the top of the armpit down. Midriffs are to be covered. Exposure of skin between the bottom of the shirt and the top of pants is prohibited.

    • Pants, shorts and skirts must be designed to be worn at waist level, and are to be worn as designed. Undergarments must not be visible, and no visible writing, symbols, and/or emblems are to appear on the back-side.

    • Pants, shorts, and skirts must be of a modest length (reference finger length — hands fully extended at sides). Ripped or cut-up pants that reveal undergarments or show skin in an area that is out of compliance with the ‘finger length rule’ (noted in the bullet above) are prohibited.

    • Appropriate soled footwear that does not pose a safety hazard must be worn at all times.

    • Sleepwear (including but not limited to pajamas, pajama pants, bathrobes, and slippers) is prohibited.

    • Form fitting/Spandex type clothing (as a primary layer) is prohibited.

    • Outdoor attire (including but not limited to hats, coats, jackets, parkas, gloves, and scarves) is not to be worn in school, and will remain in a student’s locker during the school day.

    • For students in grades K-8, backpacks and gym bags will remain in a student’s locker during the school day.

    • The use of backpacks in grades 9-12 must take into consideration the District’s ability for search and seizure (page 30) as well as the health and safety of our students.  For example, aisles in classrooms must remain clear of backpacks.    

    Students in violation of the Student Appearance Code, at the discretion of school officials, will be required to cover, remove, or modify any inappropriate article, and if necessary or practical, replace it with an acceptable article. The determination as to whether or not a student is in violation of any portion of this code will be at the sole discretion of building administration. Refusal to comply with the requests of school officials, and/or repeated Student Appearance Code violations may result in disciplinary action, up to and including out of school suspension.


    Last modified: June 2014