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 attributed to attire, and to minimize distractions to allow students to focus on learning, the OPA Board and community has developed this Dress Code. All students are expected to wear clothes that comply with this dress code policy to school each day and on field trips. This policy has been adopted by the OPA Board of Directors in compliance with the provisions of Article IX, section 5 of the California Constitution, and Assembly Bill 1575 (effective February 2, 2017), which prohibit the charging of any student fees for participation in an educational activity at a public school.
OPA's Dress Code Policy – The Details
Student dress follow a weekly schedule, where Monday is a formal uniform day to set students up for success the rest of the week. Tuesday and Thursday are regular uniforms, Wednesday is school spirit wear, and Friday is university wear. Students are also expected to wear dress uniforms for presentations and awards ceremonies.
- 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 jeans / jean shorts / jean skirts or black uniform pants or black or plaid skirts, shorts, skorts, or jumpers.
- Pants and shorts: Must be uniform pants or shorts worn with a belt (if needed). Denim like material, yoga, jegging, legging, elastic leg bottom hem or skinny jean style pants are not consistent with the approved uniform pants/shorts and will NOT be allowed to be worn. Pants/shorts must be worn appropriately at the waist and be of appropriate size. No baggy or “low riding” pants or shorts allowed. Pants and shorts with cargo style pockets are not allowed to be worn.
- Shorts/shirts/skorts must be of the appropriate size/length and must be no more than 6 inches above the knee. Leggings may be worn under shirts, skorts or shorts, but may not 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 that they are a solid school color. Polo shirts MUST be worn under sweatshirts.
- Outerwear – Students may wear grey cardigans or sweaters. Hoodies and jackets must be grey, 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 must be free of lights or wheels with white or color-coordinated laces and appropriate for OPA activities. Shoes must have full front and back coverage. Boots/shoes must be conservative with no higher than 1” heels and are not to extend above the mid-calf. Flip-flops, sandals, crocs, heelys, wedges, platform shoes, cowboy boots, combat or army style boots are not permitted.
- 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 sprit days, but it must be washed out by the following school day.
- Head Coverings: OPA branded, solid color, or University-themed hats, baseball caps, or beanies only. All hats must be removed inside the classroom and during the pledge of allegiance.
Student apparel with OPA logos are optional and available for purchase. Students are not required to purchase their apparel from any specific vendor, although OPA has a list of recommended vendors on our website. Any student or parent who needs assistance with identifying or purchasing OPA apparel 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. If a student is in violation of this dress code policy, OPA will contact parents to bring appropriate uniform / clothing or provide the student with a loaner uniform or PE clothes 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.