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Dress Code

Hillview’s Dress for Success Norms maintain age-appropriate expectations and provide an environment that allows students to feel comfortable and express their individuality appropriately. Our philosophy about dress code is as follows:

  • Students should be able to dress comfortably and appropriately for school and engage in learning without fear of discipline or body shaming. 

  • Students should understand that they are responsible for managing their own "distractions" with regard to clothing and self-expression. 

  • Student dress code enforcement should not result in unnecessary barriers to school attendance.

  • Student dress code should be gender neutral and apply equitably to all students.

With these interests in mind, Hillview has developed a set of straightforward Dress for Success Norms.


Dress for Success Norms - What to Wear
Students must follow these Dress for Success Norms at school and all school-sponsored events. These include, but are not limited to, physical education classes, school activities, dances, field trips, and school-sponsored after-school programs.


  1. The front and back of a shirt (or top of any kind) must be connected over both shoulders.

  2. Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, nipples, and midriffs are fully covered with non-see-through fabric.

  3. Hats and head coverings (except those worn for religious or medical purposes) are only allowed outside of classrooms. 

  4. Clothing must be free of obscene or inappropriate words and/or logos.


Outside the Norms
If a student’s outfit does not meet the Dress for Success Norms, they will be respectfully asked to address the issue in whatever way they feel works best for them.  Options include:


  • Adjusting the fit of the clothing (if possible to do so and still meet the guidelines)

  • Putting on something else that is already at school (e.g., PE clothes, a jacket, etc.)

  • Calling home and requesting a change of clothes


We will partner with families as needed if students consistently have difficulty following the norms.