Dressing for Success in the Classroom
It is the intent of OPA that students be dressed and groomed in an appropriate manner that will not interfere with, or detract from, the school environment or disrupt the educational process. In order to promote and instill a professional, effective, and healthy learning environment, foster school unity and community pride, eliminate social stigmas that may be atributed to attire, and to minimize distractions to allow student to focus on learning, the Oxford Board and community has developed a Dress Code Policy.
Student dress follows a weekly schedule, where Monday is a formal dress day to set students up for success the rest of the week. Tuesday and Thursday are regular dress, Wednesday is school spirit wear, and Friday is university wear. Students are also expected to wear formal dress for presentations and award ceremonies.
Dress Code Policy
- All students are expected to wear clothes that comply with our dress code policy to school each day and on field trips.
- Dress Code pieces with Oxford logos are available for purchase, however, students are not required to purchase their dress code pieces from any specific vendor. For your convienience, a list of recommended vendors is provided at the bottom of this page.
- Any student or parent who needs assistance with identifying or purchasing the school dress code pieces should contact the school office.
- No student shall be sent home from school or denied attendance to school, or penalized academically or otherwise discriminated against, for noncompliance with this Dress Code Policy. Parents will be contacted to bring the appropriate item or the student will be provided with an appropriate dress code piece for the day, when available.
- Students or parents requesting an exemption from any provision of this dress code for religious or other reasons should contact the school office.
Formal dress - White button up shirt and black uniform pants or black or plaid skirts, shorts, skorts, or jumpers. Students should also have a black or plaid bowtie, cross tie, or long tie. Shirts must be tucked in, and students should have a belt, if needed.
Regular dress - White or teal polo and black uniform pants or black or plaid skirts, shorts, skorts, or jumpers.
Spirit wear - Spirit shirt (OPA logo) or white or teal polo and black uniform pants or black or plaid skirts, shorts, skorts, or jumpers.
University wear - University shirt or white or teal polo and jean/jean shorts/jean skirts or black uniform pants or black or plaid skirts, skorts, or jumpers.
Dress Code Specifics
Pants and shorts: Must be worn appropriatley at the waist and be of appropriate size. Denim like material, yoga, jeggings, legging, elastic leg bottom hem or skinny jean style pants are not allowed. Pants and shorts with cargo style pockets are not allowed.
Shorts/skirts/skorts: Must be appropriate size and no more than 6 inches above the knee. Leggings can be worn under, but cannot be worn alone.
Polo shirts: All polos must be "California Blue" or white. Polos should be plain or have the official OPA logo. Polo shirts should not have any other (non-OPA) visible logos. Undershirts or long sleeve shirts may be worn under polos provided they are a solid school color. Polo shirts MUST be worn under sweatshirts.
Outerwear - Students may wear gray cardigans or sweaters. Hoodies and jackets must be grey, teal, black, or white. No logos larger than 3", unless it is an OPA logo, OPA spirit wear, or university logo (Fridays only).
Socks: May be any color of the student's choosing but must be school appropriate.
Shoes: Any leather or canvas athletic shoes are allowed. Shoes should have white or color-coordinated laces and be appropriate for OPA activities. Shoes must have full front and back coverage. Boots/shoes must be conservative with no nigher than 1" heels and are not to extend above the knee. No lights or wheels, roller shoes, flip-flogs, sandals, crocs, heelys, wedges, platform shoes, cowboy boots, combat or army style boots.
Hair: Students must have a natural hair color and/or highlights (not necessarily their own natural color). Students may have streaks or dyed hair for spirit days, but it must be washed out by the following school day.
Head Coverings: OPA branded, solid color, or University-themed haits, baseball caps, or beanies only. All hats must be removed inside the classroom or during the pledge of allegience. Head coverings worn for religious reaons are permitted insided the classroom.
The following items are considered inappropriate and are not permitted at OPA at any time:
Clothing that contains any pattern, design, or logo that is disruptive or inappropriate, vulgar, violent, or discriminatory. Oxford does not tolerate any clothing or other personal items that promote drugs, gangs, alcohol, smoking, sex, profanity, or violence.
Clothing which allows undergarments to be seen.
Clothing that is excessively large, baggy, "low-riding", or tight.
Where to Buy
OPA has partnered with Schoolbelles to provide OPA Wear to meet the dress code requirements. Please visit their website to place your orders. Use school code S3000 to ensure you are viewing the correct OPA pieces.
Dress code pieces can be purchased from the store of your choosing. For your convenience, we have provided link to several retailers below: