CODE POLICY FOR EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS
Code Policy for Employees and Volunteers: HR 310
Date: October 24, 2011
applies to all employees and volunteers within the Cape Breton-Victoria
Regional School Board.
The purpose of
this policy is to provide an appropriate dress code for all employees and
volunteers are expected to serve as role models and community leaders for the
students with whom they work.
As members of
the school community, employees and volunteers set a positive example for
students in modelling appropriate dress. This is important in establishing and
maintaining a respectful and safe working and learning environment in our
schools and worksites.
volunteers are expected to dress in a manner consistent with the nature of work
performed. The attire must be appropriate, clean, tidy and respectful. Good
habits of grooming and personal hygiene are expected at all times.
Working and Learning Environment Policy
This policy has
been authorized by the Board under motion number....
It is the
responsibility of the Director of Human Resource Services to ensure that this
policy and its administrative procedures are implemented.
The Director of
Human Resource Services or designate will implement the policy and
immediate supervisor is responsible for interpretation of application of the
policy to the employees or volunteers that report to him/her.
the employee or volunteer is inappropriately dressed, a supervisor shall meet
with the individual to reinforce the dress code requirements and appropriate
second or repeated violation of this policy by employees is to be reported to
the Director of Human Resource Services and may result in
This policy will
be reviewed by Director of Human Resource Services and/or designate within
three years from the authorization date.
Attire – presenting
a body image or wearing clothing which projects a professional image for our
students, staff and community visitors. Business casual dress is the usual standard
for this dress code, however, some learning environments such as learning
centres, gymnasiums, etc. may permit more casual attire (eg. scrubs. athletic
wear) In addition, some working environments such as maintenance, cleaning,
transportation should wear clothing consistent with the nature of the work
– presenting a body image or wearing clothing which is disruptive, provocative,
revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene, or which endangers the health
and safety of the employee.
Examples of prohibited dress, appearance or adornment include, but are not
clothes not in
tight or short garments,
messages or illustrations that are lewd, indecent, vulgar or that advertise a
product or service not permitted by law to minors,
such as chains or spikes that reasonably could be perceived as or used as a
and any symbols,
styles or attire frequently associated with intimidation or violence.
Summer Attire –
employees who work during the months of July and August may be permitted to
wear more casual attire (eg. knee length shorts, wide strap tanks tops, etc)
which should be clean, tidy and respectful.
appropriate and inappropriate attire
and Suit Pants
Slacks that are
similar to Dockers and other makers of cotton or synthetic material pants, wool
pants, flannel pants, dressy capris, and dress synthetic pants are acceptable.
slacks or pants include jeans**, sweatpants, exercise pants, short shorts,
shorts, bib overalls, leggings, and any spandex or other form-fitting pants
such as people wear for biking.
**Some sites may permit the wearing of jeans during casual day events which are
fundraisers for charitable organizations.
and Skirted Suits
and skirts as well as skirts that are split at or below the knee are
acceptable. Dress and skirt length should be at a length at which you can sit
comfortably in public.
skirts that ride halfway up the thigh are inappropriate for work. Mini-skirts,
skorts, sundresses, beach dresses and spaghetti-strap dresses are inappropriate
for the school/work environment.
Blouses and Jackets
dress shirts, sweaters, tops, golf-type shirts, and turtlenecks are acceptable
attire for work. Most suit jackets or sport jackets are also acceptable attire
for the school/work environment, if they violate none of the listed guidelines.
attire for work includes tubetops; halter tops; midriff tops; shirts with
potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons, or slogans;;,
sweatshirts as well as lowcut or backless tops or dresses.
Makeup, Perfume, and Cologne
Should be in
good taste, with limited visible body piercing. Remember that some
employees/students are allergic to the chemicals in perfumes and make-up, so
wear these substances with restraint.
Hats and Head
Hats are not
appropriate in the school environment. Head coverings that are required for
religious purposes or to honor cultural tradition are allowed.