School Dress Code

January 30, 2015

Dear Olson Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that we are making changes in our Dress Code policy. Effective Monday, February 2, 2015, Olson will become a “Uniform Optional” school. That means students who choose to wear uniforms can continue to do so. Students who choose not to wear uniforms must abide by the Dress Code that is included with this letter.

Our rationale for the change in policy is based on data. 67% of the parents we surveyed favored a “uniform optional” policy. Nearly 100% of the students favored a uniform optional policy. Our Instructional Leadership Team (10 teachers, 2 administrators) unanimously favored a uniform optional policy. We know this is a work in progress and value your feedback as we implement the policy.

We have a great school, and I believe that together we can continuously improve the quality of our school community. We will ask for some initial feedback about the new Dress Code when you come to parent-teacher conferences. Our Conferences will be held Thursday, February 12, from 4:30-8 PM and Friday, February 13, from 8:15 AM-4:15PM. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you for trusting us to educate your children. It is both our mission and our privilege.


Dr. Steven J. Emerson, Principal





Effective, February 2, 2015

The Olson Middle School Community expects everyone to present themselves in a manner that will be respectful and appropriate for school. Clothing worn in school should not be distracting, offensive, or discriminatory. Any student not following this code is subject to change clothing items (clothing provided at school) and/or disciplinary action (which may involve a phone call home, lunch detention or removal from school, depending on the offense).

ALL students have the option to continue wearing uniform clothes for the remainder of the school year. For students that choose to come to school out of uniform, the following dress code will be enforced:

  1. Inappropriate clothing for a school setting is prohibited, including: Strapless, halter, midriffs tops (revealing stomach and/or belly button); low cut (exposing chest and/or cleavage) or spaghetti strap tops; pajamas; visible undergarments; visible underwear; bras; muscle shirts; tank tops; boxers or briefs.
  2. Displaying of gang colors, gang paraphernalia, including bandanas and gang symbols, is prohibited. Clothing displaying any inappropriate subject matter such as guns, violence, sex, tobacco, drugs, or alcohol is prohibited.
  3. The following are also prohibited and should not be worn by students during the school day: Flip flops, slip on shoes(no strap in the back), or house shoes; hats, caps, durags, skullies or gloves, mittens, sunglasses, or any other glasses used for accessories; chains or studded belts.
  4. Insulated coats and jackets worn outside for protection from weather must be kept in a locker. HOODIES ARE NOT ALLOWED.  Appropriate sweatshirts, inside/casual lightweight jackets, blazers-- all without hoods-- are allowed in the classroom when the temperature is cold.
  5. Any neat, clean street shoe is acceptable for footwear.
  6. Pants are to be worn at the waist. All dresses, skirts, or shorts need to pass the thigh and/or “finger-tip” test.
  7. ALL Backpacks, purses, or any other bag must be kept in a locker.        
  8. In general, clothing accessories (shoes, belts, jewelry, etc.) worn by any Olson student that is deemed by administration to be dangerous, offensive or implying gang relationship is not allowed.
  9. The religious beliefs and practices of students are protected under the guidelines of this dress code. Wearing of religious garb as appropriate is acceptable.


This dress code will be enforced in a fair and consistent manner.