Dress Code

Revised Student Dress Code Starting in the 2019-20 School Year

This Dress Code has been developed in consultation with our school council, staff, and students.

Palmerston Public School expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school-sponsored event. Students have a right to learn in a safe and caring space that is free of bias and discrimination, and have a right to express their individuality respectfully. It is an expectation that student dress choices respect the UGDSB’s intent to promote a community that is inclusive of a diverse range of identities.

Students must wear:

  • Clothing that fully covers genitals, buttocks, midriffs and breasts with opaque fabric.
  • A shirt or the equivalent (e.g., sweater etc.) with opaque fabric in the front, back, on the sides, and under the arms, and have a minimum of two straps over the shoulder AND
  • Pants or the equivalent (e.g. skirt, sweatpants, leggings, dress, shorts), AND
  • Shoes or the equivalent (e.g., boots, sandals etc. ). 

Students cannot wear:

  • Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments (visible waistbands and visible straps are allowed)
  • Hats or hoods inside the school
  • Clothing or accessories containing violent language or images
  • Images, logos or language depicting drugs, alcohol or any illegal item or activity
  • Images, logos or language that portray: ethnic prejudice, racism, sexism, vulgarity, gang-related markings, obscenities, profanity, hate speech, and/or pornography
  • Images, logos or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment
  • Swimsuits (except for aquatic outings)
  • Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon (with the exception of religious accessories or articles of faith such as a Kirpan)
  • For safety considerations, clothing items must not obscure the face or ears except as a religious observance.

UGDSB philosophy on Student Dress Codes:

It is the policy of the Upper Grand District School Board to ensure a safe and inclusive learning and working environment for all students, staff and the community, regardless of age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, socio-economic status, employment, housing, sex, and sexual orientation (Policy 504 Equity and Inclusive Education).

Our values and beliefs:

  • All students should be able to dress for school without fear of unnecessary discipline, body shaming, bias or discrimination.
  • Individuals are responsible for managing their own personal biases and or perspectives/ opinions (distractions) related to others’ choices of clothing.
  • All students are treated equitably regardless of their race, age, ability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, socio-economic circumstances, or body type/size.
  • Students have a right to wear clothing of their choice that expresses their self-identified gender.
  • Students have a right to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination.

Please note:

  • Schools must maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is required. For example, athletic shoes for Physical Education
  • Parents/Caregivers will be contacted if a significant or repeated violation of the dress code occurs.

If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback you would like to share about our updated Dress Code Policy, please contact the main office.