6212.1 Guidelines for Policy 6212

The staff of GIPS has an excellent local and regional reputation for professionalism, both in performance of their duties and in the image they project. Professional clothing shall be the standard for most all assignments commensurate with duties, responsibilities, and assignment. Standards for some positions (i.e. maintenance, food service, certain special education Para educators, etc.) may differ from the norm. The building administrator or program supervisor shall be the authority in determining appropriate dress and adornment.
The Grand Island Public Schools objective in establishing the professional appearance guidelines is to enable employees to project a professional image while experiencing the comfort advantages of more casual and relaxed clothing. Business casual dress is the standard for these expectations. Because all casual clothing is not suitable for the classroom or office, these guidelines will help determine what is appropriate to wear to work.
Torn, dirty, or frayed clothing is unacceptable. All seams must be finished. Any clothing that has words, terms, or pictures that may be offensive to students or other employees is unacceptable. Clothing that has the district or school name or logo is encouraged. Clothing that reveals a person's cleavage, back, chest, stomach, or underwear is not appropriate for a professional work environment.
Certain days may be declared "jean's day" or theme days. On these days, jeans (not faded, torn, or frayed) and a more casual approach to dressing (although never potentially offensive to others) are allowed.
Below is a general overview of acceptable business casual attire. The list is not all-inclusive and is open to change. No dress code can address all contingencies so administrators must exert a certain amount of judgment in the standards enforced at the building. Due to the nature of duties performed, separate guidelines have been established for maintenance/operations, custodial, and nutrition services staff (certain other production- oriented jobs may also be included). (See Custodial guidelines below)
Physical education staff may choose to wear clothing appropriate to their assignments, i.e. sweatpants, exercise pants, wind pants and shirts, so long as they do not display potentially offensive logos or other symbols. Such apparel also needs to be in good repair and free from excessive fading, tearing, and fraying. Tank tops, mesh (see through), and muscle shirts are unacceptable.
Jewelry, Makeup, Perfume, and Cologne
Staff use of jewelry, makeup, perfume and cologne should be in good taste and should not portray or reflect any image or message that could be considered offensive.

Body Piercing and Tattoos
Any visible/noticeable or otherwise distracting form of body piercing, other than ears, is inappropriate attire. Any type of body adornment that draws attention or is disruptive to the educational process is considered unacceptable.

Any tattoo or other body markings or adornments that have the effect of causing a material and substantial interference with school operations or an infringement of the rights of others, or is vulgar, lewd, obscene or plainly offensive, or which promotes or condones illegal drug use or other illegal activity, will be covered at all times while the staff member is on duty.

Hats and Head Covering
Hats are not appropriate in the classroom or office. Head covers that are required for religious purposes or to honor cultural tradition are allowed.

Attire for Meetings
The expectations for professional attire will be the same for meetings both inside and outside the district (i.e. professional development days, conferences, district-sponsored committees, parent meetings), unless otherwise stipulated by the administrator/supervisor in charge of the meeting. Meetings that do not involve students or parents and are outside of the normal contract/work schedule may be considered more casual, with the final decision resting with the administrator/supervisor in charge.

Custodial Staff
Due to the nature of the work performed, attire guidelines for custodial staff are different from other classroom and office positions.
• Custodial staff may wear shirts/tops that are of either a pullover or button front style, with or without a collar. The primary concern is that the shirt/top is clean, well maintained (absent of holes, rips and fraying) and free of excessive wrinkles. Additionally, the shirt/top should not have any logos, pictures or other insignia that could be considered offensive or disruptive to the educational process.
• Pants/slacks should also be clean, well maintained (absent of holes, rips, fraying) and free of excessive wrinkling. Denim and other cotton work pants would be considered the normal pant/slack for custodial work. Seasonally (April - October), custodial staff may wear a "pant style" short that is of a length that reaches to at least within 4 inches of the knee. Shorts must be hemmed (no cut offs or jean shorts). Athletic style (nylon, mesh) gym shorts are not acceptable.
• Shoes should provide safety to the feet (including heels and toes). Boots (work, cowboy, trucker, hiking) and shoes (loafer, walking, hiking, athletic) are acceptable. Like all articles of attire, they should be clean and in good condition (free of holes, stain, excessive wearing) that would compromise safety or a professional image. Toes and heels must be covered in selection of footwear, to provide maximum safety and protection.
• A uniform shirt is provided and expected to be worn by Grand Island Senior High custodial staff and district maintenance staff.

If clothing fails to meet these district standards, as determined by the employee's supervisor, the employee will be asked to return home and change. In such cases, the staff member will also be directed to refrain from wearing the inappropriate item(s) to work again. If the problem persists, the employee may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Revised: 02.11.2016