ARHS Dress Code

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Today I received several inquiries about our dress code.  For clarification purposes,
below is the district policy for 2018-2019. 
The language in our current handbook, completed last summer, was not updated to reflect these Guidelines and that has caused some confusion.  However, the Dress Code Guidelines below are currently in place.  All staff have been informed of the revised language that has been adopted.
We will provide opportunities for additional input for 2019-2020.
  • Dress Code Guideline ARPS 2018-2019* These dress code guidelines encourage individuals to dress, groom, and conduct themselves so that they can participate in, benefit from and access the educational environment. These guidelines respect the rights of all and are based on Massachusetts General Laws Section 83 Dress and Appearance of Students Protected, which establishes reasonable standards regarding health, safety, and cleanliness . ● Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools state that individuals should wear clothing that allows them to participate safely in all school activities including specialized learning spaces, such as the swimming pool, gymnasium, shops, etc. Individuals should wear shoes or sandals held securely on the feet for protection when on school grounds, aboard school buses and at school events.


  • Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools state that individuals have the right to freedom of expression through their clothing provided that such right does not cause any disruption or disorder within the school (MASection 82) or infringe on the rights of others. Disruption, disorder and infringement of rights can include clothing that contains: words, symbols, suggestions or portrayals violence, defamation, illegal acts, illegal substance and/or unacceptable products (such as tobacco, alcohol, or drugs). *The Building Principal will make final decisions about the implementation of the dress code.
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