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The Gordon School

Getting dressed

Gordon does not have a uniform, but there are basic expectations.

  • Specific dress guidelines, including policies on how inappropriate dress is handled, can be found in the Dress guidelines below.
  • Students should dress in a way that allows them to participate fully in the school day.
  • Students should wear sneakers or other closed-toe shoes, or have a pair available in their locker for PE class and recess.
  • Students go outside throughout the winter months, and they should have warm clothes and be prepared to play outside.
  • During fall and spring, sunscreen should be applied before children are dressed.

Dress guidelines

Gordon’s dress guidelines support equitable educational access and are written carefully in an effort to empower positive self-expression without reinforcing stereotypes. To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of these guidelines, school staff will enforce the dress guidelines consistently and in a manner that does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type and size.

Must wear

A shirt with sleeves or straps and pants (or the equivalent—shorts, skirt, leggings, dress) must be worn in a way such that body parts generally considered as “private” are covered. Students must dress in a way that allows for full range of motion and allows them to participate comfortably and fully in the school day. Students must wear shoes. Sneakers are required for physical education, and other activity-specific attire may be required.

Cannot wear

  • Violent language or images.
  • Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity).
  • Hate speech, profanity, pornography.
  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups.
  • Clothing that is see-through
  • Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments (visible waistbands and straps are permissible)
  • Swimsuits (except as required by specific activities and events). 

If a student is in violation of the dress guidelines faculty, staff and administration may:  

  • Ask the student to change or modify their attire.
  • Call the student’s parent or guardian to bring alternative clothing.

If a student is in violation of the dress guidelines faculty, staff and administration will not:

  • Address the violation in front of other students.

  • Accuse the student of distracting others.

These dress guidelines apply to school days and school-related events and activities.