Board of Ed adopts new dress code for teaching and support staff

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The Parsippany Board of Education adopted a new dress code policy for teachers and support staff members

The Parsippany Board of Education adopted changes to the dress code and grooming of the teaching staff members as well as the support staff members effective with the new school year.

They feel the attitude of teaching staff members about their professional responsibilities and the importance of education in the lives of their pupils are reflected in their dress and appearance. In order to create an atmosphere of respect for teachers and an environment conducive to discipline and learning, the Board establishes rules for the dress of teaching staff members in the performance of their professional duties.

The dress code for the teaching staff includes:
1. Female teaching staff members may wear dresses, skirt or pant suits, or skirts, pants or capris with blouses or sweaters.
2. Male teaching staff members may wear suits or slacks (non-jeans) with or without jackets. Male teaching staff must wear long-sleeved collared dress shirt with or without necktie, though strongly preferred and encouraged; or a turtleneck shirt or sweater with a jacket.
3. The clothing appearance of all teaching staff members shall be clean and neat.
4. No clothing may be worn that constitutes a danger to health or safety to the wearer or to others and no clothing may be worn that interferes with the instructional program.
5. Physical education teachers may wear clothing that is conducive to their subject area. Athletic jackets, pullover shirts with collars, and jogging suits in gym or outdoors are acceptable. When not in the gym all day, (teaching health all day) physical education teachers come under the regular dress policy. Any specific concerns or request may be directed to the employee’s supervisor.
6. Those areas with special assignments such as art teachers, shop teachers, science teachers, and related arts teachers may wear appropriate clothing to accommodate special teaching situations (example: wearing a lab coat over approved clothing). Such shall be subject to administrative determination.
7. A teacher may request a waiver of this dress code for the performance of particular duties; such waivers may be granted by the Superintendent or his/her designee.
8. When necessary, in a consistent manner, the Superintendent, or his/her designee may relax the dress code for members of the faculty for field trips.
9. The Superintendent, when requested in advance, may provide waivers, or otherwise relax this dress code, at other times (unique school activities, inclement weather, excessive heat, or when students are not present in school, etc.)
10. Unacceptable dress for all personnel (unless otherwise noted within this policy):

    • a. Shorts or miniskirts
    • b. T-shirts and sweatshirts
    • c. Dungarees or any type of jeans, sweat pants, jogging pants or leggings
    • d. Sunglasses within the building (except for documented medical reasons)
    • e. Exposed midriff – any other excessively revealing clothing
    • f. Unsafe footwear (example: flip-flops, excessively high heels

A district administrator may determine whether a violation of this dress code has occurred and shall discuss the violation with the teaching staff concerned, or direct the concern to the staff member’s direct supervisor. When a single violation is so egregious to warrant or repeated violations occur or recur, the principal or supervisor may enter a reprimand in the teaching staff member’s file and may recommend more stringent disciplinary measures.

The dress code for the support staff includes:
1. Female support staff members may wear dresses, skirt or pant suits, or skirts, pants or capris with blouses or sweaters.
2. Male support staff members may wear suits or slacks (non-jeans) with or without jackets. Male teaching staff must wear long-sleeved collared dress shirt with or without necktie, though strongly preferred and encouraged; or a turtleneck shirt or sweater with a jacket.
3. The clothing appearance of all support staff members shall be clean and neat.
4. No clothing may be worn that constitutes a danger to health or safety to the wearer or to others and no clothing may be worn that interferes with the instructional program.
5. A support staff may request a waiver of this dress code for the performance of particular duties; such waivers may be granted by the Superintendent or his/her designee. Any specific concerns or requests may be directed to the employee’s supervisor.
6. When necessary, in a consistent manner, the Superintendent, or his/her designee may relax the dress code for members of the support staff for field trips.
7. The Superintendent, when requested in advance, may provide waivers, or otherwise relax this dress code, at other times (unique school activities, inclement weather, excessive heat, or when students are not present in school, etc.)
8. Unacceptable dress for all personnel (unless otherwise noted within this policy):

    • a. Shorts or miniskirts
    • b. T-shirts and sweatshirts
    • c. Dungarees or any type of jeans, sweat pants, jogging pants or leggings
    • d. Sunglasses within the building (except for documented medical reasons)
    • e. Exposed midriff – any other excessively revealing clothing
    • f. Unsafe footwear (example: flip-flops, excessively high heels

A district administrator may determine whether a violation of this dress code has occurred and shall discuss the violation with the teaching staff concerned, or direct the concern to the staff member’s direct supervisor. When a single violation is so egregious to warrant or repeated violations occur or recur, the principal or supervisor may enter a reprimand in the support staff member’s file and may recommend more stringent disciplinary measures.

Uniforms for members of International Association of Industrial Workers – Local 32 are covered within their bargaining agreement which supersedes elements of this new policy.

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