LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine — High school students, parents listen up: There is a dress code and it will be enforced, Principal Gilbert “Specs” Eaton told RSU 73 Board of Directors.
Eaton, who is leading Spruce Mountain High School in Jay, explained the dress code after questions arose Thursday night.
Newly hired Principal Steve Leunig will oversee Spruce Mountain High School in Livermore Falls.
The code will be enforced from day one, Eaton said.
Students need to understand that clothing should not distract from the educational process, he said.
He outlined the guidelines that include wearing clothing that must cover the full upper torso and must extend below fingertips fully extended at one’s side, he said. Cleavage should not be showing, he said.
Other guidelines are no underwear showing; no spandex; no torn or tattered clothing; no hats or other head wear; no outerwear jackets, hooded sweatshirts, coats and more, are to be worn during the academic day unless by teacher permission.
There are to be no logos or accessories that suggest drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual subjects, gang affiliations or illegal acts, according to the code.
Jewelry or accessories that may cause harm to others or damage property are prohibited. There are also to be no pajamas, slippers or sleepwear.
Clothing deemed inappropriate includes revealing shirts, blouses or tank tops. Blouses or shirts must have shoulder straps at least 2 inches wide and must not reveal cleavage or midriff. Shorts and skirts must extend beyond fingertips extended at one one’s side.
Students failing to comply with expectations will, when practicable, be offered clean apparel that remedies the problem.
Students must remedy the infraction before attending class, Eaton said. He keeps a stash of T-shirts in his office, he said.
“When kids get to school, we don’t want them wearing their outerwear,” Eaton said.
They need to come to class in their normal attire, he said.
So if someone wears a jacket to school, it must be removed and hung up before going to class, he said.
Heavy, hooded sweatshirts used as outwear should be taken off before class.
Students may wear sweatshirts with the hood down, he said, but the hoods should not be worn during the school day.
Director Darcie Comstock of Jay asked about jeans with holes in them. She said it is nearly impossible to find jeans without holes in them since it is in style.
Comstock said she understood the need to prohibit holes that reveal certain aspects of the body but asked if there were little holes by the knees.
“This is always awkward,” Eaton said.
They are trying at the high schools to send the message that students need to dress as if they are going to work, he said.
If there are rips in the jeans from the extended fingertips down it is OK, he said. It would be the same as wearing shorts, he said.
The schools are trying to re-enforce the need for conservative and modest dress, Eaton said.
One director suggested that parents should oversee their students’ dress to make sure it is appropriate.
“We do have kids that change,” middle school Principal Scott Albert said.
Parents see one outfit and the student comes to school and changes into another, he said.
“We do have parents not dressing appropriately either,” Vice Chairwoman Mary Redmond-Luce said.
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