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New Dress Code (pictures attached)

posted Jul 30, 2013, 5:14 PM by Larissa Little   [ updated Aug 1, 2013, 8:09 PM ]

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much for your feedback and comments in regards to our recent changes to the dress code. While most are happy with the changes, we have also carefully considered the frustrations and valid concerns of others. We have also concluded that the timing of the changes has caused an unexpected burden for some families.

In our recent annual survey, the number one request from both parents and staff was to better enforce the dress code.  In trying to respond to that request, we are endeavoring to make the dress code simpler; however, we recognize that these changes have been announced very close to the start of the school year. From now on, we will announce any dress code changes before the end of each school year for the following school year. This will give more time for families to plan and shop accordingly. Over the next year we will conduct surveys directly relating to our school dress code as this is an important issue for many parents and our faculty.  It is also our hope and our plan that with the input from these surveys we will not have to make changes to our dress code after next year.

In response to some of the concerns brought to our attention we have decided to phase in some of the recent changes over the next two years rather than immediately. (Please note however that some changes may still be made to the dress code for the 2014-2015 school year based on the surveys mentioned).

Here is a revised list of the changes to the dress code for this school year:

1) No more vests allowed

2) Blazers will still be allowed

    (Any solid color professional, classic cut and styles, two pockets or no pockets)

3) Sweaters will still be allowed

    (Any solid color, knitted, classic cut, ONLY styles: cardigan, V-neck and Crew neck sweaters)

*4) Only the Paradigm issued coats and jackets will be allowed to be worn in the building. Students who bring other coats or jackets to school will not wear them in the building.

5) Gray is no longer a color option for pants, skirts, capris or shorts

6) Only the top button on oxford or polo shirts may be left undone

7) Undershirts may now be any solid color

8) Girl’s tights or leggings will not change the approved length of skirts

9) Belts will not be worn around shirts, only through belt loops of pants, skirts, capris and shorts

10) Girl’s headbands may now be in any color, pattern or design

 *Please note that this is not a change to our current dress code. Coats and jackets have not been allowed to be worn in the building. By offering a Paradigm Jackets we are providing options for students to wear a jacket inside the building. Also, please note that Paradigm jackets are NOT mandatory to purchase, only if your student wishes to wear a jacket in the building. Most students do not wear coats or jackets in the building and will still be able to hang them in their core mentor’s classroom throughout the day. Students may also continue to wear any coat or jacket they wish to school, just not in the building. Also, please note that Paradigm is approaching this only from a dress code, not a financial standpoint.  The school does not make any profit on the jackets; their only purpose is to provide options for the students.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to create the best environment at Paradigm. We are excited to start the school year!

Larissa Little,
Aug 1, 2013, 8:09 PM