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Shull School Dress Code

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  • Students are encouraged to wear College colors on Wednesday (each classroom has a different college), they are encouraged to wear Character colors on Thursdays (click here for the monthly Character colors), and they are encouraged to wear Shull shirts on Friday.

    State Law explains that, “Many educators believe that school dress significantly influences pupil behavior. This influence is evident on school dress-up days and color days. Schools that have adopted school uniforms experience a ‘coming together feeling,’ greater school pride, and better behavior in and out of the classroom.” While Shull is no longer a uniform school, for many years, the Shull School community of parents and staff has agreed that a Dress For Success policy, is desirable to maintain consistency in the dress code and to promote attention to academics.  

    Our Dress For Success Policy is as follows:

    • We encourage students to be dressed in attire that reflects their readiness to learn.  As such we prefer clothing, including jackets and sweatshirts, be logo, emblem, slogan, and word free.  Logos, emblems, and slogans distract from the academic environment and the consistency of “Dress For Success.”

    • On Wednesdays, students are encouraged to dress in Classroom College Colors and on Thursdays in the Character Color of the month.

    Shull School Site Council will require clothing including jackets and sweatshirts to be logo, emblem, slogan, and word free.  Logos, emblems, and slogans distract from the academic environment and the consistency of “Dress For Success.”


    Not Allowed:  Holes in clothing including rips and frays, spaghetti strap tops, temporary tattoos, face paint, hair sprayed by coloring that would drip when wet, clothing related to gangs, violence, or illegal activities, shorts, skirts that are too short (mid thigh or at least 3 inches down the thigh), obscene, sexually explicit, suggestive attire, professional sports attire, hats, gloves, hairnets, chains, discriminatory clothing or accessories, oversized (baggy) clothing, clothing that reveals underclothes, clothing and jewelry with spikes or harmful accessories, clothing with skulls, weapons, drugs, blood, or violence.

    Those not in Dress for Success attire must abide by the BUSD dress code.

    BUSD Student Dress Code

    Clothing shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times.  See-through or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than a 3 inch inseam are prohibited.

    Clothing, jewelry, or personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignia or indications which are crude, vulgar, profane, or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice.

    All students are to give proper attention to personal cleanliness, modesty and safety in dress and grooming. Clothing is to be neat, clean, safe and non-distractive. No student is permitted to attend school if their appearance is disruptive to the operation and administration of the educational process. Any gang-affiliated items or attire are prohibited. Body markings determined o be a deterrent to safety or distraction from the educational process must be covered.

    Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Hair may not be sprayed with coloring that drips when wet.

          Footwear must be worn at all times. Elementary students must wear closed- toed shoes that have a back or strap on the heel and have a platform of no more than 1.5 inches. Steel toed footwear is prohibited.

    School Grooming Policy: Research has shown a direct correlation between student's attire, appearance, and their school behavior, attitude, and achievement. With this in mind, the School Site Council has developed the following guidelines.

    • Hair and fingernails should be clean and well-trimmed.  

    • Cosmetic make-up is not allowed.

    • Fads in hairstyles designed to attract attention to the individual or to disrupt the orderly conduct of the classroom or campus is not permitted. The children’s hair can’t be dyed an unnatural hair color, shaved in a non-traditional pattern, worn in spikes, mohawks, or designed in other “punk” styles.  Short faux hawks or sculpted bang waves are fine if they are no longer than 1 inch in height.

    • Hair must be cut to not be worn in front of the student’s eyes.

    • Earrings worn must be posts and not dangle as this is a safety hazard during playtime.  Students may not have other body-piercing jewelry. 

    • All jewelry or belts should be worn with safety in mind: no sharp points or large designs.