Dress Code Policy

Pride in one’s appearance is important to fostering good self-esteem and a positive attitude toward school and others.

Therefore, the students at Empower Charter School are expected to attend school in a clean and well-presented manner, wearing clothing consistent with the dress code policy. Parent adherence to the policy is important in fostering student responsibility, self-respect, and a sense of community. Parents’ consistent support of the charter rules and philosophy is very important.

Students must adhere to the school’s dress code policy as follows:



  • Green, Light Blue, Navy Blue, Royal Blue or White
  • Solid colored shirts, with sleeves and collars, for both boys and girls
  • Turtlenecks, sweaters, sweatshirts, and vests may be worn if they are green, navy blue, black, or white.
  • Empower spirit shirts and sweatshirts may be worn on any day and are encouraged on  field trips.
  • As long as shirts meet the Dress Code requirements, purchasing a shirt with the school logo on it is optional during the 2015-16 school year.


  • Tennis shoes/sneakers are recommended. 
  • All shoes must have closed toe and heel. 
  • No dress boots, high heels/platforms, flip-flops, sandals, or dress-up shoes, please. 


  • No hats may be worn on campus.
  • Wearing jewelry in eyebrow piercing, lip piercing, or more than one nose piercing stud is not permitted.

Bottoms: (Pants/shorts/Skirts)

  • Shorts/skirts need to be no shorter than 2 ½ inches above the student’s knee
  • Shorts or leggings should be worn underneath skirts for physical education class.
  • Black or navy blue pants or shorts, appropriate for your child to participate in physical education.
  • Pants/shorts may have a white line going down the side. White is the only color permitted.

Hair & Grooming:

  • Hair must be neatly groomed and styled in a way so that it does not interfere with the student’s vision.
  • No dying or use of colored gels on hair (temporary spray dye may be used during Spirit Week only).
  • If earrings are worn, they must be post-style for safety reasons.

Free Dress Days and Spirit Days:

Throughout the school year, there are certain days where students are able to participate in Spirit Days.

Flyers will be sent home announcing Spirit Days and specifications.

Shirts may not have spaghetti straps. Slits, tears, or holes in pants or other articles of clothing are not permitted.

Shoes should follow the dress code as well unless otherwise specified.

Examples of What Our Dress Code Looks Like:

The Executive Director may modify this dress code at any time in consideration of student safety and promoting a healthy learning environment.


A student who violates the dress code policy will receive a phone call and/or a written warning that must be signed by the parent.

If available, clothing may be “loaned” to the student to help him/her adhere to the dress code. “Loaners” must be returned to the office at the end of the school day.
Continuous violation of the policy may result in loss of privileges and/or a meeting with parent.

Special Note:
If students are dressed or groomed inappropriately, the teacher will bring it to his/her attention. If the student comes again to school dressed or groomed inappropriately, parents will be notified. There are resources at the school to assist families with dress code issues. Please call the office for assistance or questions. Although it is not possible to anticipate every style, trend, or haircut, unacceptable items not addressed in the dress code policy will be dealt with on an individual basis by the administrative staff along with the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s).

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