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Staff Professional Dress


Each school in the Division is a vibrant part of its unique community.  As a result, consideration of the communities’ norms and standards are to be reflected in staff dress.

Division staff will dress to reflect the professional nature of their position and duties during the regular school day with the exception of theme days or special events.  The call to dress professionally is based upon the following traits associated with a staff member’s relationship to a school community:

  • The image that the staff member portrays to students, parents, student teachers and the greater community about the teaching profession.
  • The contribution that the staff member makes to students who are the central participants within the learning process.
  • A calling to uphold the virtues of modesty, neatness, human dignity and understanding.


  1. The Superintendent will communicate to the staff of the Division the expectation that all staff members dress in a professional manner.
  2. School staff shall meet at the beginning of the school year to review the staff professional dress procedure and develop shared expectations for staff dress that are based upon the parameters described within this procedure.
  3. Expectations established will reflect the following considerations:
    1. Personal discernment between classifications of attire and relevant choices contained in Procedure 4;
    2. Sensitivity to the needs of employees due to medical circumstances;
    3. Learning activities having a propensity to soil clothing such as CTS, Fine Arts, Science Labs, Outdoor Education;
    4. Differentiated professional dress for physical education classes and lab coats when deemed necessary;
    5. Student or staff derived theme days And special events (e.g. “jeans day”, “pajama day”) will not exceed two (2) instructional days per month.
  4. To assist Principals in making decisions regarding professional attire the following classifications and choices are included.  If in doubt, err on the “business” side of “business casual”.  A proviso for attire within the classification of “casual” that is not desirable has been listed:
    1. Casual Attire is normally considered the comfort clothing that one wears on a daily basis.  This clothing is more than what one would wear to a          beach or a sporting event, but is common enough to feel comfortable wearing all day.  As a principle, the following clothing items constituting         “casual attire” are generally not acceptable for regular classroom instruction:
      1. Tank tops, low-cut tops, crop tops, halter tops, athletic t-shirts, tops with printed slogans (non school).
      2. Jeans, sweatpants, shorts, cutoffs, leggings, “scrubs”, spandex.
      3. Casual sandals, flip-flops, “crocs”.
      4. Beach wear, frayed clothing, hats.
    2. Business Casual is deemed to be comfortable clothing that adheres to the following attire choices: 
      1. Women:  Slacks (dress pants, cords, chinos, capris), skirts, shirts, blouses, shells, cardigans, sweaters, blazers, casual dresses.
      2. Men:  Slacks (dress pants, cords, chinos), button down shirts, dress shirts, polo shirts (short or long sleeved shirts with a mock or collared neck line), blazers.
    3. Business Attire is deemed to be professional wear for special events, and parent/teacher interviews.  Such attire usually adheres to the following    choices:
      1. Women:  Jacket and skirt or dress pants, business dress, business shirt, dress shoes.
      2. Men:  Jacket and dress pants, dress shirt, “mock neck” sweater with jacket, tie, dress shoes.
  5. School administrators are encouraged to adopt the elements of “business attire” within their professional dress, as stated in Procedure 4.3.


Sections 60, 61, 113 School Act

Board Policy 12 Role of the Superintendent


Revised August 2015