Dress Code

Because school is considered to be preparation for the eventual world of work, our student dress reflects an awareness of modesty, and appropriateness to the time and place. Our community standards are:

  • Appropriateness includes clothing with messages inappropriate for school, such as drugs, alcohol, or other adult themes.
  • Modesty is about not showing too much of ourselves. The same criteria applies for our students and staff: workplaces are not a place to display your midriff, your underwear, your underarms (muscle shirts or spaghetti straps), or your gluteus maximus, regardless of gender.
  • It means not wearing muscle shirts, tank tops, crop tops, pajamas, and short shorts. Clothes should not be see-through / underwear should not be visible.
  • If required, we will ask our young people to put on more appropriate clothes.
  • If they refuse, we will seek parent support, as we want to get on with the job of teaching and learning. We hope to receive parent support; otherwise, it undermines the cohesive relationship schools need to support students through the really tough stuff.
  • Hats (and other non-religious head wear) are to be removed when students enter the building and are to be kept in the student’s locker, unless a special event day allows for headwear. 

Essentially, these expectations of dress have been in effect for many years in many schools, despite changing trends in fashion.


Physical Education Gym Strip

Due to COVID-19 Alberta Health Services and CBE guidelines around change rooms, we are not able to have students change into gym strip at this point in the school year.  Thus we encourage students to come to school dressed in attire that they can be physically active in during PE.  Please check the weather forecast as students will be outside for PE activities more often than in past years as John Ware School also does not have access to Southland Leisure Centre for additional indoor spaces for our PE program. 

John Ware School is offering for sale all types of gym strip:

  • If a student would like show their "Longhorns" pride and have something to wear to school,
  • To have a hoodie or sweat pants to put on overtop their street cloths during PE on colder days.

When guidelines change from Alberta Health Services and the CBE concerning change rooms we will look at how that affects our ability to have students change into gym strip at John Ware School.  Please check back for more information.

The information below pertains to our PE program in a non-pandemic situation:

Students are required to wear John Ware gym strip (t-shirt and shorts). Rationale: students are often using the facilities at Southland Leisure Centre – they require our students be identifiable as “John Ware” students and students need to change out of what they were wearing throughout the school day for hygiene purposes. Therefore, wearing the John Ware T-shirt and shorts is mandatory.  

It is also mandatory for students to have a pair of sweat pants or track pants for cold weather days to walk over to Southland Leisure Centre or participate in activities outside. Students can elect to purchase John Wear sweat pants or bring their own from home that are specifically designated as PE only clothing. 

It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that students have a PE specific hoodie ready in their PE locker at all times to wear in cold weather.  

The PE specific hoodies and pants may be John Ware gym strip or they may be a students’ own items from home. They should not be what the student wore to school that day as the idea is that the PE hoodies and pants are to help stay warm and be active in during class. 

It is also highly recommended that students label their gym strip with first or last name and an initial. There is a place on each item of John Ware's gym strip to do so.

Students require running shoes for PE class and are expected to consistently lock their gym strip in their PE lockers in the change room.

If a student is not prepared with gym strip for the day they will have the opportunity to borrow “PE Loaner” gym strip. A student must approach one of their PE teachers and ask to borrow it at the beginning of class. The student needs to bring a valuable to exchange (i.e. backpack, watch, binder, etc. but no electronics will be accepted). Once the student returns the borrowed gym strip at the end of class they will receive their valuable back. The PE Loaner program is intended to be a short-term solution to not having their gym strip. If a student has permanently lost/misplaced their John Ware gym strip (t-shirt or shorts) then they are responsible to replace it with John Ware items.  Students can either purchase another new or used gym strip item or they may wear John Ware gym strip from previous years.

New gym strip purchases are to be made online via CBE's website through MyCBE. If this not possible John Ware School's main office will also take payments. If students wishes to purchase used gym strip please speak to a PE teacher. The cost of NEW gym strip is as follows:

  • T-shirt               $10.00
  • Shorts               $17.00
  • Hoodie              $31.50
  • Sweat Pant       $26.00

Any students who have difficulty in covering the cost of John Ware gym strip are to see Mr. Gordon who will ensure that they receive some.  Payment arrangements are available as well as used gym strip at discounted prices.

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