Dress Code

 

Dress Code K – 12

Students are asked to use good judgment in their selection of dress for school and school-sponsored events. Pride in your personal appearance exhibits pride in yourself and helps maintain high standards for our school. The dress code is in effect at school and for all school functions. School functions such as field trips and special events such as dances, banquets, and the Prom will require a special standard of dress to be communicated prior to such events. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in decisions regarding the appearance of their child.

The Dress Code for Grades K4 – 6

  1. Boys and girls may wear durable play clothes appropriate for school. Shirts may be collared or non-collared. They may be un-tucked as long as they fit properly (do not hang down too low). Button-up dress shirts should be tucked-in at all times. Writing, slogans, or graphics on shirts or other clothing must be appropriate for the school environment.
  2. Shorts are permitted and should maintain personal modesty.
  3. Boys and girls are to wear sturdy shoes for play activities. Sturdy sandals with a heel strap are allowed. Flip-flops of all kinds are not permitted except on special event days announced in advance.
  4. Pants and shorts should have no holes in them.
  5. Hair length for boys is to be kept above the collar, above the ears, and above the eyebrows. Hair must not be extreme in either color or style.

The Dress Code for Grades 7 – 12

  1. Pants and shorts must be worn at the natural waistline. Belts should be worn if belt loops are present. Girls may wear Capri pants that meet the stipulations for slacks and jeans.
  2. Walking shorts are permitted. All shorts and pants should be hemmed, free of holes and have no frayed edges. Shorts for boys should approach the knee cap and may not extend more than one inch below the knee. While the longer style athletic shorts are permissible, they must meet guidelines for shorts described above. Modest fitting denim jean shorts and khaki shorts are preferred.
  3. Shorts, skirts and dresses for girls should be modest and loose fitting. All must be longer than the tip of the finger when held by your side. A belt should be worn if loops are present.
    Students are encouraged to show Wildcat Pride and wear T-shirts or sweatshirts that depict Springwood teams as often as possible. Other T-shirts may be worn un-tucked as long as they fit properly and do not hang down too low. No T-shirt may be worn that might be deemed inappropriate (promoting the use of alcohol, tobacco, or other inappropriate content).
  4. Boys may wear collared shirts un-tucked as long as they do not hang down too low. Girls should wear blouses or shirts that fully cover the waistline (with both arms raised overhead) and reveal no cleavage.
  5. Students who participate in athletics are encouraged to wear their jersey to school on game days.
  6. Sweaters or vests may be worn with shirts underneath and tucked-in.
  7. Shoes should fully cover the top of the foot. Dress sandals may be worn. Flip flops are not appropriate for school except on special event days announced in advance.
  8. According to AISA Guidelines, boys may not have facial hair below the lobe of the ear and/or below the nose. Boys should be clean shaven at all times. Hair (for both boys and girls) should be neat and clean and should be naturally-occurring in color. Hair length for boys must be off the collar in back, off the ears on the sides, and above the eyebrows in front. Boy’s earrings, body piercings, and chains should be left at home. Tattoos should not be visible at school or at any school function.
  9. Springwood wind suit ensembles are permissible for Springwood teams on game day. Sweat pants, jogging suit pants, and flannel pants are never permissible. Hats and caps may be worn outdoors after school hours. Please save all camouflage wear for the woods and not school.
  10. Ladies may wear sleeveless blouses or dresses that maintain modesty. Halter-type tops, racer back tops and tops with spaghetti straps regardless of strap width are not permitted.  
  11. All forms of eye-brow, nose, and belly-button piercings, rings, and/or studs are strictly prohibited at all school functions. Traditional ear piercings for female students is allowed. These are strictly prohibited by AISA in any competitive venue.
  12. Administrators may offer alternative clothing as deemed necessary for violations of the dress code.

Administrators may offer alternative clothing as deemed necessary for violations of the dress code.

Dress for the Junior-Senior Prom

The prom is a very special formal gathering. Each person attending the prom is expected to be dressed appropriately. This means the exclusion, but limited to hats, bandannas, jeans, boots or tennis shoes (only dress shoes). The Administration reserves the right to check all participants for appropriate dress before the lead out. Anyone not dressed properly will not be allowed to participate in the lead out.

Dress for Physical Education

K4 through 6th graders do not have to dress out for physical education; regular school clothes are acceptable. Please wear appropriate shoes for physical education activities. The following dress code will be strictly enforced for physical education in grades 7 - 9.

  1. Tennis shoes and socks must be worn at all times.
  2. School P.E. clothes must be worn to P.E. Shorts worn to P.E. may not be worn to class.
  3. Boys must wear T-shirts. Girls must wear T-shirts or short sleeve cotton blouses.
  4. Winter time dress for P.E. may include sweat suits and/or wind suits.
  5. Failure to dress-out for P.E. may result in loss of credit for P.E. Physical education is a required course for graduation from Springwood.

AISA Student Appearance Policy

Please refer to the AISA Student Appearance policy below. All schools and all students enrolled in AISA schools are required to abide by these guidelines.

The AISA State dress and appearance policy will apply to ALL AISA Academic and Athletic activities and events.

I. Body Art
A. Students may not participate in AISA state level events and/or activities with exposed permanent body art (tattoos).
B. Students may not participate in AISA state level events and/or activities with exposed temporary body art which is insensitive, derogatory, and/or deemed inappropriate by state officials. Face painting is not allowed by athletes.

II. Body Decorations/Piercing

A. Students may not participate in AISA state level events and/or activities with exposed body decorations (piercing). Exemption: Females may wear no more than one earring per ear. *Note! No jewelry or body decorations are allowed at any level in AISA athletics.

III. Facial Hair / Hair Styles etc.

A. Students may not participate in AISA state level events and/or activities with:

  1. Facial hair below the lobe of the ear and/or below the nose.
  2. Spiked and/or other non-traditional hairstyles deemed inappropriate by state officials.
  3. Unnatural and/or non-traditional coloration of the hair.

AISA state officials (state events) or the host school head of school (interscholastic events held at a host school) will be the final authority to determine acceptable dress and appearance at AISA events and/or activities. Schools will be fined $250.00 for failure to follow this policy. The host school’s head of school is responsible for reporting the incident in writing to the AISA office with supporting evidence.

Failure to comply at state events may result in student and/or school disqualification by the AISA directors.

Note! The direct responsibility to enforce compliance with the above stated policy is delegated to the school’s head of school.

Dress for Students Representing Springwood

As a member of the Springwood family, you represent a proud tradition and high expectations for personal success and appearance. Special dress is expected for individuals, classes, and teams, both athletic and scholastic, by coaches, sponsors, teachers, and administrators, particularly for travel. All students representing Springwood as members of any group, whether athletic or non-athletic, are expected to represent the school in the best manner possible, including appearance. Students will also be expected to dress appropriately for certain events such as field trips, special assemblies, field day, Honors Day, and Graduation. Appropriate dress for special assemblies, Honors Day, and Graduation includes:

  • Males: Shirts and ties, dress pants
  • Females: Sunday type dresses, skirts and blouses, or dressy pants with appropriate tops.

Violation of Dress Code

  • First offense
    The student will be counseled and the parent notified by phone or in writing.
    If deemed necessary by the administration, parents will be called to bring clothes for the student to make the necessary changes.
  • Second offense
    The student will be counseled and the parent notified by phone or in writing.
    If deemed necessary by the administration, parents will be called to bring clothes for the student to make the necessary changes. A detention will be given.
    When possible, appropriate clothing may be provided for the student to wear.
  • Third offense
    The student will be counseled and the parent notified by phone or in writing.
    If deemed necessary by the administration, parents will be called to bring clothes for the student to make the necessary changes.Two detentions will be given.
  • Fourth and all subsequent offenses during the school year will result in more severe penalties ranging from in-school suspension up to and separation from the school.