Research indicates that there is a direct relationship between dress and student behavior. Simply stated, students who take pride in their appearance are more apt to take pride in their schoolwork and studies.
At Ottumwa High School, we want our students to get the most benefit from their studies. We, in turn, expect more from our students. The following attire and personal appearance guidelines are designed to encourage good grooming habits as well as a more serious scholastic attitude. It is the responsibility of our students and their parents to see to it that students dress appropriately for school. THE BEST POLICY TO FOLLOW IS, "If you have a doubt as to whether an article of clothing is appropriate, do not wear it."
While the primary responsibility for appearance rests with the students and with their parents, the ADMINISTRATION HAS THE RIGHT TO JUDGE WHAT IS PROPER AND WHAT IS NOT. Regulations for appearance/dress apply equally to male and female students.
The following will NOT be considered appropriate school attire:
Head covering – hats, hoodies or anything worn that covers the head. Separate head coverings needs to be put in locker or book bag upon entering school. No head coverings can be worn from 8:10 a.m.-3:15 p.m. while anywhere in the building.
Headwear - Sunglasses, bandanas, visors, any novelty headwear. Separate headwear needs to be put in locker or book bag upon entering school. No headwear can be worn from 8:10 a.m.-3:15 p.m. while anywhere in the building.
Other Clothing & Apparel:
Skirts, shorts, shoes, dresses & rompers:
Pajamas, Slippers, Blankets & Costumes
Sports Equipment: No sporting equipment will be allowed in the building during the school day (basketballs, etc.)
Students will be required to change their attire before being allowed to go back to class.