Dress Code

Effective 2017-2018 School Year

HTEC will follow the Denver Public Schools Board of Education Policy JICA – Student Dress Code.

The purpose of the dress code is to create a professional, creative, and respectful learning environment.  Students are expected to present themselves in a neat, clean, and professional manner at all times which contributes and promotes, our college going culture.  

DPS School Board Policy JICA – Student Dress Code, states the following:

“A safe and disciplined learning environment is essential to a quality educational program. District-wide standards on student attire are intended to help students concentrate on schoolwork, reduce discipline problems, and improve school order and safety. The Board recognizes that students have a right to express themselves through dress and personal appearance; however, students shall not wear apparel that is deemed disruptive or potentially disruptive to the classroom environment or to the maintenance of a safe and orderly school.”

Unacceptable Items

The following items are deemed disruptive to the classroom environment or to the maintenance of a safe and orderly school and are not acceptable in school buildings, on school grounds, or at school activities:

  1. Shorts, dresses, skirts or other similar clothing shorter than mid-thigh length
  2. Sunglasses and/or hats worn inside the building
  3. Inappropriately sheer, tight or low-cut clothing that bare or expose traditionally private parts of the body (e.g., midriffs, halter tops, backless clothing, tube tops, garments made of fishnet, mesh or similar material, muscle tops, etc.)
  4. Tank tops or other similar clothing with narrow straps
  5. Any clothing, paraphernalia, grooming, jewelry, hair coloring, accessories, or body adornments that are or contain any advertisement, symbols, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that:
    • Refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons
    •   Are of a sexual nature
    •   By virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, or other attribute denote membership in gangs which are associated with drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior
    •   Are obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd, or legally libelous
    •   Threaten the safety or welfare of any person
    •   Promote any activity prohibited by the student code of conduct
    •   Otherwise disrupt the teaching-learning process

Any student in violation of the dress code shall be required to change into appropriate clothing or make arrangements to have appropriate clothing brought to school immediately.

* HTEC administration will determine the necessary restorative approach in the event of continuous referrals to the academic intervention room for dress code violations.