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Avon, Woodland schools temporarily alter dress-code policy

After several parents of school-age children attended Monday’s Barrington Board of Education meeting to voice concerns over the district’s new dress-code policy, Superintendent Anthony Arcodia said he would waive detention from the policy while considering changes.

Students gather on the first day of class last week at Avon School.

Students gather on the first day of class last week at Avon School.

“We are prepared to make changes based on parental concerns,” Arcodia said after about a half-dozen parents questioned rules such as the one forbidding yoga pants and the one stating the bottom hem of all shorts and skirts must be at least two inches below the wearer’s fingertips.

Arcodia said a committee of parents, administrators, teachers and school board members would be formed to discuss a proper policy. One parents suggested students also should be part of the committee.

Below is the dress code as it currently reads on the Barrington School District website:


The Barrington School District Board of Education, staff and administration desires to maintain high standards in every respect. We believe that the dress of a student has a marked effect of the student’s conduct. The Student Dress Code outlines the basic criteria for student dress to maintain a safe and orderly environment. In all cases of Dress Code violations, teachers will make phone calls home to discuss with parent the Dress Code violation of the student. Students will be asked to remove this type of clothing and alternate clothing will be provided. Parents may also be called to provide alternate clothing.

The student Dress Code shall be the same for all days of the school year.

No clothing that poses a health or safety hazard.

No clothing may be worn that contains offensive or inappropriate language, advertises or refers to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, sex or prejudicial attitudes; reflects gang related apparel; has double meaning or may be offensive to others within the school.

Students may not wear clothing that exposes undergarments or shows parts of any undergarments


Must be at least 2 inches below finger tip length at the shortest point of the bottom of the shorts or skirt.

Shorts and skirts must have finished hems at the bottom.

Not permitted: cut-offs, boxer shorts or skin tight shorts, biker shorts, Yoga Pants, or tights.

Boy’s pants or shorts will not be worn below the waistline with under garments visible.

Students failing to follow this rule will be given a warning on the first offence, a one hour detention on the second offense.


Shirts must be opaque, must have shoulder strap of at least 2 inches wide. Bare midriffs must not be exposed, shirts must overlap waistline by 2”.

Not permitted: see through or mesh tops, halter top, strapless tops, bare midriffs, tank tops, bare back tops, plunging necklines, exposed Bra Straps.


No head covering (hats, bandannas, sun glasses, etc) will be permitted in the building. Exceptions will be made for religious or medical reasons.


All footwear must provide protection for the student’s feet from injury; be slip resistant; fit securely to the foot; and laced footwear should be securely laced.

Not permitted: footwear with wheels or flip flops.


The author of the Barrington Bulletin, Mark Correa, is also a member of the Barrington School District Board of Education as of Jan. 6, 2013. Please be aware that I do not speak for the board in any way. The thoughts, views and opinions contained within the posts on this site are mine and mine alone. And the comments after any given posts are the thoughts, views and opinions of the author of the comment.

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3 comments on “Avon, Woodland schools temporarily alter dress-code policy

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  3. linda
    June 3, 2014

    I think the dress code has gotten out of hand and is stepping in over parenting. I’m tired of the crap i hear and how redicoulous it has become.

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