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The Berman Upper School Dress Code
The Torah considers an individual’s appearance to be a reflection of his/her sense of קדושה and צלם אלוקים. As such, the Berman dress code reflects the school’s commitment to these Torah values, and the concepts of צניעות and כבוד הבריות. The dress code helps to create an environment in the Upper School that reflects our values as Orthodox Jews and our respect for our educational environment.
We are aware that the issue of dress code is a sensitive one for our students. Therefore, we appreciate that parents support the school in fostering a positive, respectful, and respectable educational atmosphere.
This dress code applies to all Berman students (including seniors through graduation day) on all school days including midterms, finals, AP exam days, study days, and field trip days. The extracurricular dress code also applies to all attendees of school events such as athletic events, and attendees of rehearsals and participants of rehearsals, performances and practices.
Dress Code for Boys
ציצית are required
No piercings allowed
No permanent tattoos allowed
- Full button-down or three button polo shirts must have sleeves and fold-over collars; Turtlenecks are allowed in place of a buttoned shirt
- Button-down shirts may have two buttons unbuttoned, provided there is a t-shirt with a ribbed collar underneath
- Pullover hooded or zippered sweatshirts are allowed with collared shirt, as per above, underneath; the hood of hooded sweatshirts or hooded shirts does not qualify as a collar
- Sport jerseys are not allowed
- כיפות must be worn at all times
- No hats, except for those worn as a בגד המיוחד לתפילה during davening
- Hair must be of a length that is both neat and presentable, reflecting the basic appearance of a בן תורה, including sideburns (פאות) of proper length – No excessively long hair
- No dyed hair – any color
- The tops of the pants are to be worn above the hips
- Denim jeans of any color are not permitted
- No drawstring or elastic bottom pants/joggers
- No breakaway, pajama, sweat, or ragged pants
- Pants are unacceptable when ripped, oversized, too tight, discolored or washed out
- Boys are required to wear shoes and socks while in school
- No pool shoes or flip flops
- Walking sandals or clogs allowed with socks
Gym – Students must be in regular dress code at all times outside of the gym or fields.
- כיפות required
- Sneakers with rubber soles; socks required
- Shorts or sweatpants
- Tank-tops allowed
Playing Ball During Lunch / Free Periods
- כיפות required
- T-shirts permitted (no tank-tops)
Dress Code: for Girls
Appropriate piercings in the ear only (e.g. No industrials or gauges)
No permanent tattoos allowed
- Should reach below the knee when seated (The top of a slit is considered the bottom of the skirt)
- Please note that how a student sits in class is included in dress code. Knees should be covered at all times, even when sitting in class or walking up the stairs. If the skirt rides up, it is not acceptable.
- Offensive writing or images on the skirts is prohibited
- Skirts may not be form fitting, tight or see-through.
- No pajamas or sweats under skirts. Leggings are permitted.
Please note that skirts above the knees while standing will always be considered out of dress code. If a student is wearing clothing as noted above, this should not be an issue.
- Blouses and tops must be opaque
- Tops may not be form fitting
- Necklines must be near the collarbone
- Sleeves may not be higher than a טפח (one’s own fist length) above the bend of the inner elbow
- Tops should be long enough that midriffs not show during normal activity. “Shirts must meet skirts” at all times
- Hooded and collared sweatshirts, and sweaters are acceptable tops
- Zippered sweatshirts require an acceptable top underneath
- T-shirts allowed provided they do not display inappropriate material
- Appropriate and practical hats may be worn
- Hairstyles must be appropriate for school. Dyed hair allowed only in natural colors
- Shoes must be worn
- Slides and sandals permitted
- No slippers or thong sandals. However, flip-flops that are neither shower shoes nor ones you would wear in the water are permitted.
Gym – Students must be in regular dress code at all times outside of the gym, fields, or dance class.
- Sneakers with rubber soles, socks
- Shorts or sweatpants. Shorts must be knee-length
- Appropriate t-shirts
Athletic Programs – Team Sports
- Appropriate footwear, socks
- Practices: Appropriate t-shirts (not tank tops), knee-length shorts
- Games/Meets: School provided jerseys with sleeves down, knee-length shorts
In addition to a number of local stores that often sell dress code appropriate clothing (such as Forever 21, H & M, Nordstroms, Zara, Marshalls, etc.), some online retailers that often have acceptable clothing items include modli.co, doubleheaderusa.com, junees.com, klozklozet.com, mimumaxi.com, wukogals.com, and koshercasual.com.
Dress Code – Semi-Formal and Extra-Curricular
Semi-Formal Dress Code (special occasions)
- Neat slacks only
- Full button-down shirts only
- Shoes with socks only – no sandals, clogs, sneakers
- No t-shirts or sweatshirts
- No jean skirts
- No walking sandals allowed
Extra-curricular Dress Code (off-hours)
- Jeans allowed
- T-shirts allowed
- Tank tops not allowed
- Footwear follows in-school policies
- כיפות or hats required
- ציצית required
- No piercings, or jewelry resembling that for a piercing
- Non form-fitting pants/sweats allowed
- Tops follow in-school policies
All students should change for gym in the appropriate locker room. Athletes who leave the building early for a competition are expected to do the same.
Dress Code: Consequences
Please check the student handbook for more information. We will be continuing our program this year of texting and emailing students reported out of dress code as well as emailing parents as well. If this occurs seven times during the school year, a student will serve an in-school suspension. We believe that this should be an exceptional occurrence, since six warnings should provide ample opportunity for a student to adjust his/her dress.