YPA students should display themselves neat and clean in appearance. YPA believes that the manner by which students dress has the potential to avoid unnecessary distractions in the academic environment and reflect a positive attitude in academic pursuits. YPA has a set of general standards that all students will adhere to.

 

YPA students will not

• wear clothing that is grunge, ripped, torn, bleach spotted, or see-through (pants with holes at the knee level or below are acceptable so long as it is from natural wear; they should not be purchased already torn or worn)

• have undergarments visible

• wear clothing that is not size appropriate (excessively large or baggy or unduly tight/formfitting)

• wear clothing that promotes gang affiliation, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, the use of controlled substances, depicts violence, has obscene designs or language, or is of a sexual or disruptive nature

Specific standard of dress at YPA includes:

 

K-5 Dress Code

Shirts:

• Buttoned shirts must be buttoned within 2 buttons to the top. Neat T-shirts are also allowed within guidelines regarding avoidance of all inappropriate symbols as stated above.

• When student’s arms are raised overhead, the shirt must cover both the front and rear of the pant or skirt waistband. Abdomen, chest, and back must be covered at all times.

• Any display of cleavage is unacceptable.

• Tops cannot be see-through, backless, sideless, or worn off the shoulder. Appropriate sleeveless dresses/tops are allowed. No spaghetti straps.

• Shirts, though recommended to be tucked in, can be un-tucked as long as the shirt does not extend below the lower hip.

• Children should take caution when wearing hoodies or shirts with drawstrings around the neck area while on the playground.  These drawstrings may contribute to entanglement or strangulation when playing on playground equipment.

 

Pants:

• Pajama pants/bottoms are prohibited.

• Back pockets must be at hip level.

• Pants should not drag floor.

• Leather pants (or skirts), oversized pants, and tight knit pants are unacceptable.

 

Skirts, dress hems, and shorts:

• Skirts and dress hems should reach the top of the knees.

• Shorts should be no higher than 2 inches above the knee.

Skirts, dress hems, and shorts, etc.:

• Spandex leggings are not to be worn as pants.

• Spandex leggings may only be worn under skirts in alignment with the skirt rule.

• No fishnet/mesh material.

 

Shoes:

• Most shoes are acceptable as long as they are regular street-wear with no more than 1 ½ inch heels.

• No flip-flops, cleats, or shoes with built-in rollers.

• Shoes must be properly buckled or tied where applicable. All sandals need to have a back strap.

• Closed-toe shoes are required for Physical Education, recess, and Science lab for safety reasons.

• No bedroom slippers are to be worn.

 

Coats and hats:

• No hats, headgear of any type, hoods, or sunglasses are to be worn inside the building.

• Coats are not to be worn in class.

• Children should take caution when wearing coats or hats with drawstrings around the neck area while on the playground.  These drawstrings may contribute to entanglement or strangulation when playing on playground equipment.

 

Girl Scout, Boy Scout, 4-H, etc:

• Uniforms may be worn on meeting days.

 

Hair:

• Hair is to be neat and well groomed.

• Hair must not draw excessive attention thereby disrupting the focus on learning.

• No rollers, combs, or picks to be worn in a student’s hair.

• Hair color must be natural to human beings.

 

Piercing and jewelry:

• For girls, body piercing must be limited to the earlobes with no more than 2 sets of earrings.

• Boys are not to wear earrings.

• Any other piercing jewelry must not be visible.

• No chains are to be worn. Spiked collars, wristbands, or belts are prohibited.

 

No tattoos are to be seen.

 

Grade 6-12 Dress Code

 

Shirts:

• Buttoned shirts must be buttoned within 2 buttons to the top. Neat T-shirts are also allowed within guidelines regarding avoidance of all inappropriate symbols as stated above.

• When student’s arms are raised overhead, the shirt must cover both the front and rear of the pant or skirt waistband. Abdomen, chest, and back must be covered at all times.

• Any display of cleavage is unacceptable.

• Tops cannot be see-through, backless, sideless, worn off the shoulder, or sleeveless (tank tops). All tops must have long, short, or cap sleeves. 

• Shirts, though recommended to be tucked in, can be un-tucked as long as the shirt does not extend below the lower hip.

 

Pants:

• Pajama pants/bottoms are prohibited.

• Waist line must be at waist level; back pockets should be at hip level.

• Pants should not drag floor.

• Leather pants (or skirts), oversized pants, and tight knit pants are unacceptable.

• Overalls are not to be worn.

 

Skirts, dress hems, and shorts:

• Skirts and dress hems should reach the top of the knees.

• Shorts should be no higher than 2 inches above the knee.

• Spandex leggings are not to be worn as pants.

• Spandex leggings may only be worn under skirts in alignment with the skirt rule.

• No fishnet/mesh material.

 

Shoes:

• Most shoes are acceptable as long as they are regular street-wear with no more than 1 ½ inch heels.

• No shower style flip-flops, cleats, or shoes with built-in rollers.

• Shoes must be properly buckled or tied where applicable.

• Closed-toe shoes are required for Physical Education, recess, and Science lab for safety reasons.

• No bedroom slippers are to be worn.

 

Coats and hats:

• No hats, headgear of any type, hoods, or sunglasses are to be worn inside the building.

• Coats are not to be worn in class.

 

Girl Scout, Boy Scout, 4-H, etc:

• Uniforms may be worn on meeting days.

 

Hair:

• Hair is to be neat and well groomed.

• Hair must not draw excessive attention thereby disrupting the focus on learning.

• No rollers, combs, or picks to be worn in a student’s hair.

• Hair color must be natural to human beings.

 

Piercing and jewelry:

• For girls, body piercing must be limited to the earlobes with no more than 2 sets of earrings.

• Boys are not to wear earrings.

• Any other piercing jewelry must not be visible.

• No chains are to be worn. Spiked collars, wristbands, or belts are prohibited.

 

No tattoos are to be seen.

 

If the student's dress is such that it constitutes a threat to health or safety or otherwise creates a disruption in the school environment in the considered discretion of the Administration, the Administration or his/her designee may require the student and the student's parents or guardians to take appropriate action to remedy the situation.

 

Remember in choosing dress as well as in behavior the prudence in following this one rule: Don’t do anything that would embarrass you, your family, your value system, or your school.