Middle School Dress Code
Dress and Grooming Code
It is our intention to provide for all our students an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. We have carefully created a dress code designed to encourage neatness and personal discipline while making allowances for expressions of individuality and personal taste.
The School reminds students and their parents that, for most students, the middle school years are filled with uneven growth and development patterns. The School requests that students and parents periodically examine garments that are to be worn to school to ensure their continued proper fit. In addition, because fashions change so quickly, the written dress code guidelines published yearly often cannot address every current fashion trend that may arise in the interim. Because of this, and the almost infinite variety of available clothing styles, we appreciate parental support and understanding that the faculty must enforce the dress code using the written guidelines together with their adult and professional judgment.
General Dress Code Requirements
1. The School expects students to be within dress code between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. The students should also be suitably dressed before and after school when on school property.
2. Clothes must fit properly (be neither undersized nor oversized), be tastefully modest, be neat, be clean, and be free from holes, tatters, frays, or excessive wear. Undergarments should not be visible. Clothes bearing large business logos (larger than 4” in diameter), or names are prohibited. Form-fitting pants, yoga pants, athletic shorts and athletic pants, warm-ups, or sweat pants are also prohibited. Sheer tops or other sheer-style garments may only be worn if a suitable undershirt or tank top is underneath. No part of any undergarment may be visible.
Leggings worn as primary clothing/pants are not allowed, but may be worn with a skirt of appropriate length; no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
3. For safety reasons, shoes must be worn at all times, and shoes with laces, straps or buckles must have them secured at all times. Slippers, shower shoes, “flip flops” (regardless of ornamentation level), shoes which restrict a student’s safe and orderly movement anywhere on campus, and shoes with heels higher than 21⁄2 inches are not acceptable. All shoes worn must have a back or a back strap to them. Socks and rubber-soled shoes are required for participation in gym classes.
4. Hats, caps, kerchiefs, other head coverings, (with the exception of religious head coverings), and sunglasses are not to be worn indoors.
5. The following items are not permitted on campus, or at any school event or activity:
- potentially dangerous items or accessories
- earrings for boys
- clothing promoting items not allowed on campus
- clothing bearing distasteful or profane language, drawings, or symbols
6. Cosmetics, jewelry and other accessories should be applied in moderation. Visible tattoos and visible body piercings (with the exception of earrings for girls) are not permitted.
7. Hair should be of natural color, clean, and groomed.
8. All students may wear a T-shirt that is Walker affiliated any day of the week. Otherwise, a student may choose to wear a collared shirt. Dresses, skirts and shorts must be no more than 3 inches above the knee. Athletic shorts or pants are not allowed. PE uniforms are available for purchase from the Wolverine Warehouse.
Professional Dress and Day Trip Clothing
Several days each year are designated as Professional Dress Days. On these days, our young men will wear dress shirts and ties, dress slacks/pants, and dress shoes and socks. Our young ladies will wear dresses, skirts or pants, outfits suitable for professional dress. Professional dress days are noted on the school calendar and announced well in advance of each occasion.
1. Boys will wear a collared dress shirt with a tie. This shirt must be tucked in at all times. Suitable pants will be worn with a belt. Dress shoes must be worn.
2. Girls may wear dresses that are not strapless, all straps be at least two inches in width, and modestly cut front and back, and the length of skirts and dresses should not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee. Girls may wear skirts or dress pants together with a blouse.
3. Various day trips take place throughout the year. Depending on the nature of the trip, students will either wear a Walker shirt, a maroon polo shirt and slacks, or other appropriate clothing as designated by the school to enable chaperones to recognize Walker students in crowded public venues as a safety measure. Additionally, the School expects a neat and presentable appearance for students when they represent Walker in the community.
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