DRESS CODE POLICY Updated August 17, 2007 07/28/2005
It is the policy of the SPCAA Head Start and Early Head Start program that each employee’s dress,
grooming, and personal hygiene should be appropriate to the work situation.
(1) Employees are expected to present a professional, businesslike appearance while on duty.
(2) All employees must comply with the following personal appearance standards:
(a) Employees are expected to dress in a manner that is normally acceptable in similar
business establishments for similar job positions.
(b) Employees cannot wear suggestive attire, athletic clothing, shorts, shoes with heel
higher than 2 inches, tank tops or tops with spaghetti straps, novelty buttons, baseball
caps, or similar items of casual attire that do not present a businesslike appearance.
(c) Open toe shoes are not allowable for maintenance or cooks. Other staff can use open
toe shoes while in the classroom or office type setting. Closed toe shoes are required
on playgrounds or field trips. Employees can change into the appropriate shoes as they
enter and exit the playground or center for the field trip. Transportation is part of the
field trip experience.
(d) Cooks are allowed to wear “scrubs” type tops and long pants.
(e) Hair should be clean, combed and neatly trimmed or arranged. Unkempt hair is not
permissible regardless of length.
(f) Sideburns, moustaches, and beards should be neatly trimmed.
(g) Tattoos and body piercing (other than earrings) should not be visible. Staff who works
on a regular basis with children are advised that stud earrings are a better choice than
hoops and draping earrings. Coverage for tattoos can be achieved with band-aids or
other appropriate clothing.
(h) Undergarments cannot be exposed and must be appropriate to outer garments being
(3) A list of acceptable and unacceptable clothing for employees in various positions is attached
and provided to all staff.
(4) Employees should follow basic requirements and exercise good judgment to insure that safety
and comfort needs in various working conditions are met and that they still present an
appropriate work appearance.
(5) At its discretion, on special occasions or for special events, management may allow employees
to dress in a more casual fashion than is normally required. On these occasions, employees
are still expected to present a neat appearance and are not permitted to wear ripped or
disheveled clothing, athletic wear, or similarly inappropriate clothing.
(6) Any employee who does not meet the standards of this policy will be required to take corrective
action, which may include leaving the premises to go home and change to approved attire.
Nonexempt (these employees subject to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the
Fair Labor Standards Act) will not be compensated for any work time missed because of failure
to comply with this policy. Violation of this policy can also result in additional disciplinary
I affirm that I have received, read and understand the Dress Code Policy. I was given an opportunity to ask questions and I am aware that should I need additional guidance, I should contact my immediate supervisor. I understand that I must follow the identified policy during my employment with Head Start.
Date: _______ Employee Signature: __________________________________ ________
Print Employee Name: __________
SPCAA Head Start Dress
Code. Items with X are appropriate for
the employee positions listed. Updated Admin and Transportation/ August 18, 2007 Support Staff Center Staff Maintenance Name Tags – see note below X X X Dresses - modest length X X Dress slacks X X X Casual pants X X
Yes for Classroom staff Jeans - ironed, no holes, Friday only and CDs only X Capris X X X X X Scrub type shirts and long pants Cooks only Pullover shirts X X X Dress shirts X X X T shirts - HS or ISD logo Friday only X X X T shirts advocating for children or
families Friday only X X X Sweaters X X X Ties X X X Skirts X X Pant suits X X X Wind suits X X Casual Shoes X X X Tennis Shoes (clean & neat) Friday only X X Mules – slip on shoes w/ open
backs, closed toes X X Work shoes X X Dress shoes - heel 2 inches or less X X hair nets and gloves all staff if working in kitchen or food service and storage
Aprons * staff Apron* freshly laundered, must be worn by cook staff while they are handling food products,
preparing or cleaning up in the food service area. Aprons are also provided to classroom staff and should be worn daily while they are supervising children.
Name tags are provided for all regular full time staff and MUST be worn at ALL times. If the name tag is lost or misplaced, staff are required to wear a “make shift” name tag (possibly made from a stick on label with legible print). Staff must notify TLM or immediate supervisor if the name tag needs to be replaced.