SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109
STAFF DRESS CODE GUIDELINES
A professional standard of dress requires that staff members be readily distinguishable from students. Positive role modeling is a part of the employee’s professional responsibilities. These guidelines are designed to have employees project a professional image while taking advantage of more casual and relaxed clothing.
The following guidelines were developed by the administrative team in consultation with representatives of the professional teaching staff. It is our collective belief that the employee maintain personal hygiene by being well groomed and appropriately attired and exemplify good habits of personal cleanliness. Research clearly indicates that attitude, dress and grooming of professional personnel serve a positive example to students.
Attire for Regular School Days and Specified District Days *
Pants: Dress pants and Khakis, Chinos, or Dockers type pants are acceptable. Inappropriate pants include
jeans, shorts or sweat pants.
Shirts: Polo, golf, buttoned and/or collared shirts, pullover dress shirts are acceptable. Inappropriate shirts
include T-shirts or muscle shirts.
Shoes: Flip flops and open sandals are not appropriate.
Skirts or dresses: Must be of a modest length. Skirts, or dresses that do not reach the tips of finger tips when
arms are extended below the waist are not to be worn. Jeans, shorts or sweat pants are inappropriate. Capris
of appropriate length are acceptable.
Pants: Dress pants, khakis or Dockers-type pants are acceptable. Inappropriate pants include blue jeans,
shorts or sweatpants.
Shirts: The following is considered inappropriate: Low cut tops that expose cleavage, shirts and tops with low
cut backs. Spaghetti straps, midriff tops, tube tops, tank tops, transparent, or revealing clothing that expose
personal body parts or attract undue attention.
Shoes: Flip flops are inappropriate.
Casual Dress Days, Field Days, Spirit Days, Theme Days (activities conducted in the classroom)
It is expected that the apparel will be casual, but not sloppy.
Shorts, skirts, dresses must be of a modest length. Shorts, skirts or dresses that do not reach the tips of finger tips when arms are extended at the waist are not to be worn.
Jeans may be worn provided they are not ripped or torn.
T-shirts and sweat shirts are acceptable.
Flip flops are not appropriate.
Shorts of appropriate length for men (except sport shorts) are acceptable.
Dress is either professional or casual, depending on the activity.
Physical Education, Athletes
Physical Education teachers shall wear clothes that are appropriate for teaching physical
education. Flip flops are inappropriate.
Coaches who are assigned instructional responsibilities are expected to abide by the
Guidelines for regular school days.
General Guidelines For All Staff
All clothing and shoes should be in good condition, clean and neat.
The following items are considered inappropriate:
· Extremely low-cut tops that expose cleavage
· Spandex (ex. Running or biking shorts) is not allowed.
· The stomach area must be covered at all times.
· Underwear (boxers, thongs, panties, bra straps) may not be visible.
If an item of clothing is deemed inappropriate, the employee will be given a verbal warning
the first time and may be sent home to change clothes. Progressive disciplinary action, to be denoted in the form of a written warning, will be taken for further dress code violations.
* Unless otherwise noted, district and building-level inservice days will accommodate a more relaxed
form of attire for professional employees.
Approved by the School Board – January 23, 2006