Dress Code

Dress Code Policies

The purpose of the Seabury Dress Code is to create a sense of formality and occasion appropriate to the work of school, but with enough flexibility for students to express their individuality. Parents and students are responsible for ensuring that students adhere to the dress code. Labeling all clothing items for school (including PE) is strongly recommended.

The basics of the dress code are: khaki shorts/pants/skirts with a collared polo shirt in school colors. Other rules include the following:

1. Students may wear polo shirts, dress shirts, or turtlenecks of non­translucent fabric. Students may wear Seabury­sponsored sweatshirts, sweaters, or fleece pullovers in solid school colors over their collared shirts. All clothing should be absent of conspicuous branding or logos (anything bigger than a quarter). Solid school colors are: kelly or hunter (dark) green, royal or navy blue, black, white, and gray.
2. Students may wear light jackets in solid Seabury colors and without large branding or logo. Seabury letter jackets are also acceptable.

Students may wear pants, shorts, skirts, or jumpers in khaki color only, preferably in cotton twill.  No lace or otherwise patterned material is permitted. Leggings or tights may be worn if they are in Seabury colors.  No lace or patterned tights/leggings are permitted.


Shirts must be fully tucked in once students enter the building in the morning and through the end of the school day. Teachers may authorize students to be un­tucked in the classroom or in practices or rehearsals, but never in hallways during school.

5. All clothing should be clean and should not be torn or tattered. Clothing must be properly hemmed.
6. All skirts must be no shorter than four inches above the top of the kneecap. Shorts must have a minimum inseam of four inches.

All clothing must fit appropriately. Overly baggy or tight clothing is not allowed. Tights or leggings may not be worn alone, or under shorts/skirts that are not of the required length. Pants and shorts may not sag below the waist. Midriffs should not be exposed. Shirts should provide appropriate coverage and be buttoned.

8. Belts are required for pants, skirts, or shorts that have belt loops.
9. Students may wear tennis shoes, dress shoes or loafers. Sandals and open­toed shoes are not permitted.
10.  Hair must be non­distracting and neatly groomed, out of the eyes, and in a naturally occurring color.

Hats are not to be worn at school.

12.  Nose studs and other exotic body piercings are not permitted.
13.  Long wallet chains are not to be worn.

Proper undergarments must be worn at all times.

15.   Students must change back into dress code after P.E. or Strength and Conditioning classes.

16.   No facial hair is allowed, unless worn for religious reasons with parental approval. Boys who are required to                  shave at school will be responsible for the cost of disposable razors and soap that will be available. Repeat                  offenders will be referred to the Dean of Students.

17.  Undershirts must be in solid Academy colors with no lettering or logos.



Please refer to the Dress Code Shopping Guide at the school web site (after the “Dress Code” section) for suggestions about where to find items. You may direct any questions about appropriate dress to the Dean of Students. Enforcement of Dress Code Policy Faculty members all enforce dress code policy. Faculty will refer students to the Dean of Students if a student fails to address the issue right away or there is a repeated violation. The Dean of Students will address dress code infractions in the following way:

1. For a problem that is easily remedied, i.e. an un­tucked shirt, the student will receive a verbal warning and fix it. If the behavior is repeated, parents will be notified and the student may receive a detention.

If a student is wearing an item that can be easily removed, the student will receive a verbal warning and remove the item, and parents will be notified with the expectation that the item won’t be worn again. If the violation is repeated, there will be a disciplinary response.


If a student is wearing an inappropriate item that can’t be easily removed, i.e. a skirt that is too short, a faculty member will consult with the Dean of Students, or the Dean will consult with a faculty member before approaching the student in private to address the problem.

For a first time violation, the student may call home to have something else brought to school within the hour or select something from the Dean’s closet. The Dean of Students will inform parents of the situation. If there is a repeat violation, the student will be asked to change into something appropriate from the school supply and there will be a disciplinary consequence.


Dress-down Days

Usually on the last Friday of each month (excluding August), there is a dress down day, which provides students with the opportunity to wear non­dress code clothing to school for the cost of $5. All funds raised by dress down days go directly toward class trip expenses and are part of the fundraising for those trips. Dressing down is completely voluntary.


Although students are not in dress code, a level of decorum for clothing is necessary. Clothing should still be appropriate and befitting an academic atmosphere; therefore, pajamas, plunging neck lines, tops that expose the midriff, low riding bottoms, and very short skirts or shorts, or any clothing which exposes undergarments is not permitted. Additionally, clothing graphics should not involve profanity, alcohol/drug reference, or language/images that could reasonably be considered inappropriate or offensive. Please use your best judgment.


Spirit Weeks

Once a semester, the Student Senate sponsors a Spirit Week to support athletic events. During these weeks, Student Senate chooses a theme for each day, and students may dress down according to the theme. There is no cost for dressing down during spirit weeks.


Special Event Days

Occasionally students wish to dress differently to show their participation in an upcoming event or in recognition of their having met a goal or deadline. These special recognitions could include such things as the opening night of a play, an upcoming forensics or debate tournament, a yearbook deadline, or a community service goal. Students may depart from dress code for these special recognitions ONLY by first receiving permission from the Dean of Students. Directors, teachers, and non­athletic coaches cannot give these special permissions. Khaki bottoms, not jeans, must be worn on these occasions.


Game Days

Student athletes may follow a different dress code: Athletes may wear their team uniform tops, official warm­up tops, or team logo T­shirts. The same top must be worn by all team members and must be approved by the Athletic Director. Students must wear khaki bottoms.

School Emblem/Logo

No parent, student, staff member, or other person has authority to use the Bishop Seabury Academy name or its logos without the explicit permission of the Head of School or an administrator empowered to make such a decision, and any apparel that uses such language or iconography without such permission will be confiscated.