Dress Code

Parents are responsible for ensuring their child is properly prepared for learning daily. This includes ensuring students are dressed appropriately for school according to Branton’s dress code. Our school promotes positive character; part of this is our belief in a ‘dressed to work’ concept as opposed to ‘dressing for the beach’. Dress respectfully for an active school environment, and comfortably for a variety of settings. Students may need to sit on the floor, or present in front of others.

In some school environments, for example the Foods, Construction and Science Labs, dressing safely is also important – students may not wear bare feet, loose clothing or open­-toed shoes. All students will change into a Branton gym strip for PE classes unless directed otherwise by their PE teacher. School Staff will determine on a case by case basis if a student's dress is problematic and will seek guidance from the school administrators. Students who are found to be dressed inappropriately for school may be asked to change their clothing or cover up as need be.

Respect for others at school is at the core of our school dress policy. If your outfit makes staff/other students feel uncomfortable then it is inappropriate for school and you will be asked to change. It's not whether you're comfortable in your own clothes and with your own body, but rather how comfortable people are around you. From time to time, Branton’s Dress Policy is reviewed by School Council and staff with input from students through Student Council.

The rule of thumb is the following: Genitals and underwear should be covered, all genders. We believe this to be a reasonable expectation. Please feel free to contact the school if you want to discuss this topic further but do take the time to review with your child the school’s expectations as stated in the school’s handbook. Please note that some students have been known to change outfits when they arrive and leave the school premises. 

No Jewelry in Phys. Ed.

Safety is our primary concern in all physical education classes. Wearing jewelry can cause injury to self and others. While the risk may be quite low, we don’t want to take the chance of having an unnecessary injury. Our policy is that all jewelry must be removed except those that contain medic alert information (e.g., watches, friendship bracelets, etc.). There will be no exceptions to this rule. 

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