Dress Codes and Uniforms in Public Schools

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No piercings, dyed hair or mini-skirts . . .  Your school is not letting you dress the way you want. It might even force you to wear a uniform. Is this normal?

Public schools are allowed to have a dress code, that is, rules about what you can wear. Here are some examples:

  • wearing specific colours
  • requiring a uniform
  • forbidding piercings and dyed hair
  • forbidding clothes with hateful or violent slogans
  • forbidding "sexy" clothes like mini-skirts or spaghetti straps

If you don't follow the dress code, the school is allowed to punish you by giving you a detention or extra homework.

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.