Just as proper attire is required by employers, schools also have expectations for dress to help provide a successful learning environment for students and foster school pride. Each school maintains expectations about how students should dress when they come to school. Schools communicate their dress code requirements at the beginning of each school year, usually in a student handbook, and ensure both students and parents are familiar with them.
Some schools have adopted a Standard Mode of Dress (SMOD) in partnership with staff and parents. Reasons for choosing to have SMOD include academic program of the school, school spirit, reducing socioeconomic pressures and divisions, as well as promoting a positive and safe school climate. Schools interested in pursuing a standard mode of dress must follow the policies and procedures established by the Board of Education and Superintendent.
SMOD varies for each school, but it typically consists of a collared or polo-type shirt paired with khaki, black or navy pants, shorts or skirts. The pants must be fitting in the waist, and skirts and shorts must be at least knee-length. The SMOD also calls for closed-toe shoes.