In accordance with the policy of the New York City Department of Education (DOE), students have the right to choose their own clothing, except when it is dangerous, interferes with the teaching and learning process, or violates the DOE's anti-discrimination policy. Appropriate school attire is required at all times. School is a serious place for learning and business, so students should come to school dressed in clean and tidy clothing that is appropriate for the environment. Rather than having a strict dress code, our goal is to ensure that students come to school dressed in a way that is conducive to learning and reflects positively on our community.
We want to give students the freedom to express themselves while still upholding the values of our school and respecting their peers. Our expectation is that students always wear clothes that are clean, respectful of themselves and others, and in good condition. Any member of the community who appears to have signs or symptoms of a contagious disease or illness during the school day will be evaluated by the school's medical staff. Although it's normal to feel anxious or overwhelmed at school from time to time, for some students, everyday activities such as making friends, speaking in public, managing homework, and taking tests can be sources of great discomfort and stress.
It is essential that every family has a plan in place for caring for their children if they are unable to attend school. We teach skills that help students develop emotional and social intelligence, enabling them to create healthy and constructive relationships both inside and outside of school. Any member of the community with a temperature of 100°F or higher will not be allowed to attend school or enter the school building.