The primary responsibility for a youth's attire resides with each youth and their parent(s), guardian(s), or caregiver(s). The District of West Vancouver is responsible for setting an atmosphere conducive to fun and safety in our programs, and for seeing that no one person's attire interferes with the health or safety of, nor contributes to a disrespectful, hostile, or intimidating atmosphere for, any participant in our programs.
This Dress Code is in place in order to:
• Encourage youth to wear clothing of their choice that reflects their personal style, is comfortable, and that expresses their self-identified gender.
• Prevent youth from wearing clothing with offensive images or language, with images or language depicting or advocating violence, or the use of alcohol or drugs.
• Ensure that all youth are treated equitably regardless of sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type/size, religion, and personal style.
Basic Principle: Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, breasts and chests (including nipples) are fully covered with opaque fabric.
Youth must wear:
• Top (shirt, tank top, sweatshirt. etc.)
• Bottom (pants, sweatpants, shorts, skirt, dress, yoga pants, leggings, etc.)
• Shoes (consider secure footing appropriate for dancing and moving around safely)
Youth cannot wear:
• Violent, sexual, or racist language, images, or associations.
• Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal-for-minors item or activity), or use of the same.
• Hate speech, profanity, sexualization, pornography, or gang-related affiliations/logos/images.
• Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class.
• Visible underwear (visible waistbands or straps on undergarments worn under other opaque clothing are NOT a violation).
• Accessories that could be dangerous or considered as a weapon or promote any illegal-for-minors activity.
• Any item that obscures the face or ears.
To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, staff shall enforce the dress code consistently and in a manner that does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, or body type/size.