Dress Code

 

The purpose of Branches Homeschool Academy’s dress code is to reflect modesty, neatness, and appropriateness. A student should not be dressed in such a way as to draw attention to his/her body, but to respect and honor God, themselves and others.

 

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 

 

Students’ dress will affect the atmosphere of the school: academic achievement, student attitude, and student and staff behavior. We do not suggest that our specific code of dress is mandated by the Bible. But the Bible does say that our appearance must be modest. Men should dress in masculine fashion. Women should dress in feminine fashion. The following standards are intended to promote maximum academic achievement within an optimum learning environment. These standards will apply to school and all school related activities.

 

Modesty can be defined as making sure our bodies (and our attire) is bringing honor and attention to the Lord and not our bodies.

 

Neatness can be defined as a look that is clean with clothes that are proper fitting (not too small and not too large) and in good repair.

 

Appropriateness can be defined as wearing clothes that fit the occasion.  In a school setting, appropriate clothes are those that do not hinder the educational process or draw attention to oneself.

 

Tops

  • Must be modest, neat and appropriate

  • Must cover undergarments, mid-drift, back, and cleavage at all times

  • Must have straps

  • Backside cannot go lower than the natural line

  • No offensive, negative, violent themes, words, or pictures

  • Hoods can be worn outside of the classroom

  • No words/wording that draws undo attention to the student

  • No thin transparent fabrics

  • No pajamas (except for Spirit Rally event)

 

Bottoms

  • Must be modest, neat and appropriate

  • Inseams must be longer than 3.5 inches or modest in length

  • Must sit waist high (no sagging)

  • Must cover undergarments at all times

  • No heavily faded or worn

  • No holes above the knee

  • No writing on the backside

  • No tight, form fitting articles such as bike shorts worn alone as shorts (wearing under skirts/dresses is encouraged)

  • No thin transparent fabrics

  • No pajamas (except for Spirit Rally event)

 

General

  • Attire must support one's own biological gender

  • Tightness: Consideration should be given to the tightness of attire. Attire should not be so tight that it calls excess attention to one’s physical features. It should be loose enough to be comfortable at all times.

  • Personal hygiene should be neat and clean. No strong or harsh perfumes.

  • Hair must be modest, neat clean and appropriate.

  • Any “unnatural” hair color or any style must not draw excessive attention.

  • Facial Hair

    • Must be modest, neat clean and appropriate.

  • Jewelry must be modest, neat and appropriate.

  • Shoes

    • No slippers (unless requested by the teacher or Spirit Rally theme).

    • Closed-toed shoes are strongly recommended.

 

For students not adhering to the dress code, parents will be asked to bring a change of clothes.

 

For students not adhering to the SCHOOL RULES, parents will be asked to pick up their child.

 

Dress code guidelines are subject to change at administration’s discretion.