Purpose of this policy
To ensure student dress codes meet health and safety requirements.
Student dress codes must take into account health and safety considerations including:
- sun protection
- risks from jewellery, cords, chinstraps, drawstrings or school bags.
- with a uniform must ensure a sun protective hat is included, at least as an option, as part of the uniform
- without a uniform must permit sun protective hats in their dress code.
Note: Schools should encourage students to wear a sun protective hat outside from September to April.
Jewellery, cords, chinstraps and drawstrings
Jewellery, hat cords, chinstraps and drawstrings present risks of injury or strangulation, particularly:
- when worn in the head and neck area
- for primary students engaged in active outdoor play.
When developing a dress code, schools should consider:
- the jewellery students are permitted to wear
- selecting hats (or other garments) without cords, chinstraps or drawstrings
- using safety cords designed to detach if caught.
Carrying school bags may pose risks of back pain or damage due to:
- poor design or poorly fitting school bags
- students carrying bags incorrectly
- students carrying loads that are too heavy.
- select school bags that:
- minimise the risk of back injury to students
- are endorsed by an Australian professional organisation such as the Australian Physiotherapy Association or the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia
- consider strategies to prevent students from carrying loads that are too heavy.
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