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Dress Code Policy

Benjamin Franklin students are expected to dress in a neat, attractive fashion reflecting pride in themselves and their school. The dress code is established to help ensure an atmosphere conducive to study. Pride in student dress is one of the most observable differences at Benjamin Franklin Charter School. It is both the parents' and the child's responsibility to ensure compliance with the Dress Code. For examples of the Dress Code click here.

Dress Code for K-6

  • Dress Code - Boys

    • Long slacks or jeans, clean and in good repair, should be worn. (Pants with holes are not acceptable.) 
    • Shirts are to be normal fitting, size appropriate, and worn tucked inside pants if length extends below buttock.
    • Tank tops and net shirts are not acceptable unless worn over a shirt with sleeves.
    • Extreme haircuts are not permitted. This includes color, length and style. 
  • Dress Code - Girls

    • Long pants, or jeans, to the ankle, clean and in good repair should be worn. (Pants with holes are not acceptable.)
    • Skirts and dresses are acceptable. (Knee length minimum)
    • Leggings/tights (to the ankle) are only worn with appropriate length dresses and skirts.
    • Tops must cover the shoulders and must overlap the pant or skirt waistband when arms are raised (No bare midriff).
    • Tops shall be as modest as the school uniform shirt.
    • Culottes and skorts are not acceptable school attire
  • Dress Code - Boys and Girls

    • No clothing that displays inappropriate writing or pictures should be worn.
    • Shoes must be worn with socks at all times.
    • Shoes must be laced, buckled, and totally closed at the toe and heel. (Thongs, flip-flops, clogs, or other non-secured footwear is not acceptable.) (SAFETY REASONS)
    • Loop or dangling earrings are not to be worn to school. (SAFETY REASONS)
    • Extreme haircuts and styles are not permitted. This includes color, length and style.
    • Sagging or dragging pants and other "over-sized" clothing are not acceptable attire at school.
    • Sunglasses, hats, and caps are acceptable, but must be removed when students are inside any school building.
    • Make-up is not to be worn to school. (Grades K-6)
    • Team jerseys may be worn, but must be tucked in if length extends below buttock.
    • Tattoos and other forms of body decoration are not to be worn at school.
    • All clothing must be modest. Clothing may not be too tight or revealing. ​​​​​​ 

If you choose to wear uniform shorts/capris, they must be worn with the collared polo uniform shirt which is available for purchase through the FPAC. The office has a listing of sources for the purchase of approved uniform shorts/capris. (The Franklin standard school uniform is required when wearing shorts/capris). Exceptions: On P.E. days, non-uniform shorts may be worn under school clothing and worn during the P.E. period. On Field Days, students may change into shorts/capris for outside activities. If a child is not in compliance with the dress code, parents may be notified.

The Principal will resolve all questions concerning the Dress Code.

Dress Code for 7th - 12th

  • Dress Code - Boys

    • Long slacks, pants or jeans, clean and in good repair, may be worn. (Pants with holes are not acceptable.)
    • Knee length “walking” shorts may be worn. (No athletic shorts.)
    • Tank tops are not acceptable unless worn over a shirt with sleeves.
    • Extreme haircuts are not permitted. This includes color, length and style (e.g., “Mohawks”, shaved words, patterns or symbols, unnatural colors).
    • Sunglasses, hats, and caps are acceptable but must be removed when inside any school building.
  • Dress Code - Girls

    • Long pants, jeans, capris or shorts to the knee (within 2” from the center of the kneecap), clean and in good repair should be worn. (Athletic shorts and pants with holes are not permitted.)
    • Skirts and dresses are acceptable when the knee length minimum is within 2” from the center of the kneecap. Cheer uniforms are allowed on game days.
    • Leggings/tights are only worn with appropriate dresses and skirts.
    • Tops must cover the shoulders and must overlap the pant or skirt waistband when arms are raised (No bare midriff).
    • Tank tops, sheer shirts and open backs are not acceptable unless worn over a shirt with sleeves. At no time should undergarments be visible, including undergarment straps.
    • Necklines must be modest and may not be revealing - no cleavage showing.
    • Sunglasses are acceptable but must be removed when inside any school building.
  • Dress Code - Boys and Girls

    • No clothing that displays inappropriate writing or pictures should be worn.
    • Pajama bottoms, sagging or dragging pants, and other “over-sized” clothing are not acceptable attire at school.
    • Make-up may be worn in moderation, and should complement skin tones and be natural in color/tone.
    • All clothing must be modest. Clothing may not be too tight or revealing.
    • Piercings may only be worn in the ears. All other piercings, including gauges, are considered body art and are not permitted.
    • Tattoos and other forms of body decoration are not to be exposed at school or while representing the school at any activity. Students may not write or draw on themselves or others.
    • Contacts that are an unnatural eye color (e.g., purple, red, etc.) or contacts that alter the normal shape and look of the pupil are prohibited.
    • Sandals must have an ankle/heel strap or be reinforced with a second front strap. Flip flops may not be worn.
  • Dress Code - Semi-Formal & Formal Dances

    • Boys:
      • Collared shirt required. Tie strongly suggested. 
      • Shirts must have sleeves.
      • Well-groomed hair and clean -shaven.
      • Dress shoes required; no tennis shoes or flip-flops.
    • Girls:
      • Shoulders need to be covered at all times.
      • Dresses may not be cut below the bust line (armpits) in the front OR the back.
      • Dresses/skirts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the kneecap.
      • Slits are not permitted above the knee. 
      • No sheer/see-through dresses, including sides or back.
      • No bare midriffs.

Students who fail to comply with the stated policies regarding dress code will be subject to the following discipline procedures:

  1. First Offense: Student’s attire will be modified in order to comply with dress code and a parent is notified of infraction.  
  2. Second Offense: Student’s attire will be modified in order to comply with dress code and the student will serve an after school detention.
  3. Third Offense: In addition to the discipline outlined in steps one and two for dress code, the student will serve one day of out-of-school suspension. 
  4. Fourth Offense: In addition to the previous three steps for dress code, students may be referred to the Governing Board for possible expulsion.

The Principal will resolve all questions concerning the Dress Code.