JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
The Jersey City Board of Education has an administrative regulation requiring the wearing of school uniforms by students. The building principal, or his or her designee, shall be responsible for informing all students and their parents of the student dress code at the beginning of the school year. All students are expected to give proper attention to personal appearance and to dress in full uniform for the school day, as well as school-sponsored activities.
Please adhere to the following:
- Each school’s official uniform, including footwear, must be worn appropriately and unaltered throughout the entire school day. No jeans or pants resembling jeans, no sweat pants or athletic gear, except for Physical Education class time purposes, stretch pants, jeggings, leggings, distressed ripped or provocative clothing or anything resembling prohibitive clothing are permitted. No offensive or vulgar/obscene attire may be worn.
- Proper and safe footwear is required at all times. No sandals, flip flops, slippers, open-toed shoes, backless slip-on shoes, and any other unsafe footwear.
- Sneakers and shoes with laces must have laces tied or secured at all times.
- All head coverings, including sweatshirts hoods or hoodies, sweatbands, and street-related headgear are not permitted unless for religious, medical or cultural purposes. Hats are not to be worn or carried throughout the school. Any head coverings/hats confiscated will be labeled and returned to a parent, upon a parent conference.
- Clothing and other accessories that could cause damage to any student or school property is not to be worn.
- Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be worn below mid-thigh. Shorts may be worn at the Principal’s discretion. However, skintight fitting pants, dresses or shorts are not permitted
- Undershirts are not to be worn as the outer garment or exposed from under student’s uniform shirts.
- Clothing with pictures or slogans that depict the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and weapons is not allowed.
- Clothing with pictures and/or slogans with a sexual connotation or that is degrading to any group on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc. is not allowed.
- Offensive and vulgar clothing/buttons/pins or accessories are not permitted.
- Clothing worn while actively participating in physical education class is not to be worn in the classroom or hallways in schools where lockers are available. A change of clothing must be worn in the gym and/or on the athletic field.
- Pants should not hang so low as to expose underwear.
- Clothing, headgear, or symbols that are gang oriented, drug-alcohol related or promote violence are not permitted at any school or any school-sponsored activity. This includes but is not limited to buttons, patches, symbols, beads, bandanas, etc.
- Sunglasses are not permitted unless medically prescribed. Official medical documentation must be provided.
- Students are not permitted to wear transparent clothing.
- Halter, low-cut, and tube tops are not permitted. Tops must meet the waistband of slacks, skirts or shorts.
- High School dress code pants must be tan, khaki, or black color.
- Clothing accessories such as scarves and gloves are not to be worn during the school day. (This does not apply to religious accommodations)
Should students report to school in clothing that does not conform to the Dress Code, school staff will review the circumstances and determine the measures to be taken to properly address the violation.
These measures may include:
- Parent/guardian bringing a change of clothes to school. Students will be required to change into said clothing.
- Parent/guardian conference
- In-School Suspension
- Saturday Detention/Suspension
No student shall be denied attendance at school or penalized for failing to wear a uniform by reason of demonstrated financial hardship pursuant to the requirements of BOARD POLICY.