Objective

To promote safety and provide good role models for clients and positive representation of BPCC and The University of Alabama.

Policy

BPCC will ensure that all employees dress appropriately to interact with the public and to serve as role models for clients.

A. Staff will dress in a clean and neat manner and will be appropriately dressed when accompanying clients at all times and occasions.

B. Articles that are worn and adorned should serve as an appropriate example for BPCC clients.

a. Clothing must be clean, neat, and in good condition. All clothing should fit properly and be appropriate to the job being performed, i.e., no plunging necklines, excessively revealing splits in skirt, tight-fitting or see-through clothes.

b. Employees will not wear items that may cause injury to clients.

c. Clothing, jewelry, and other adornments that have vulgar, racial, violent, or offensive connotations will not be worn.

d. Clothing should appropriately cover the body. Dress lengths and shorts lengths must be appropriate to the job being performed, and must not be shorter than 2 inches above the knee. Split skirts at or below the knee are permitted. Leggings, jeggings, and stirrups may only be worn under a tunic or dress that completely covers the employee’s buttocks. Shirts must cover the entire midriff and lower back areas and must appropriately cover the employee’s body when bending, reaching, or stretching.

e. Spaghetti straps, lingerie straps, and racer back tops are not allowed unless worn under another shirt, jacket, sweater, or shrug so the strap and undergarment are not exposed.

f. Direct client care employees will not wear items that may cause injury if pulled or torn from the body, for example long necklaces, dangling earrings, large hoop earrings, etc. This includes non-jewelry items, such as, but not limited to, non-tear-away lanyards.

g. Employees not responsible for direct client care should use caution when wearing items that may cause injury if pulled or torn from the body, for example long necklaces, dangling earrings, large hoop earrings, etc. This includes non-jewelry items, such as, but not limited to, non-tear-away lanyards.

h. Direct client care employees will not wear flip-flops, “Y”-shaped strap shoes, open-toed shoes, or open-heeled shoes, except during appropriate planned outings, such as swimming, water play activities, etc.

i. Employees’ fingernails (real or otherwise) are to be kept clean and cannot exceed 1/4” from the tip of the finger.

j. Tattoos that have vulgar, racial, violent, or offensive connotations must be covered at all times.

C. The term “direct care staff” is defined as any employee that has or may have the responsibility for the care of a child either while alone or with a group and may have the responsibility of restraining or secluding a child. This includes, but is not limited to, the following positions: program coordinators, mental health professionals I and II, teachers, consumer education specialists, residential staffing specialist, the IRT office associate II, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, consumer administrative support specialists, mental health worker seniors, mental health workers, students (graduate and undergraduate), and student assistant.