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Dress Code

Standards

  1. To ensure adequate coverage of the body at school and school activities, the following articles of clothing are not permitted:
    • See-through garments
    • Backless or strapless dresses or tops, including halter-tops or any tops that expose cleavage
    • Bare-midriff tops. (Tops and bottoms must touch when student is standing.)
    • Muscle shirts or sleeveless undershirts that expose the torso
    • Shorts, skirts, pants, and tops that fail to conceal under- garments when the student is standing or sitting
    • Shorts, skirts, or dresses that are shorter than finger-length when arms are held at sides, or that expose undergarments when standing or sitting. These articles must provide full coverage of the body at all times
    • Clothing that is tight or revealing (For example, no tight mini-skirts)
    • Face or body piercings that are distracting
  2. Shoes shall be worn at all times. Shoes that interfere with safe play and instructional activities are inappropriate
  3. Clothing, accessories, and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures, symbols, or any other insignia that are crude, vulgar, profane, obscene, libelous, slanderous, or sexually suggestive. Clothing, accessories, or jewelry that degrade any cultural, religious or ethnic values, that advocate racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice or discrimination, or that promote sex, the use of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol or any unlawful acts are prohibited
  4. Hats, caps, and other head coverings shall not be worn at elementary and middle schools. On the high school campus, the wearing of hats indoors is left to the discretion of the administration and teaching staff
  5. Dark glasses shall not be worn indoors, except for valid medical reasons authorized by the principal or administration and verified in writing by a physician
  6. Gang-related clothing or accessories, including but not limited to bandannas, or other symbols, emblems, or insignia are prohibited. School officials shall use information obtained from community resources and the local gang task force to make judgments on what items and accessories are gang-related
  7. Tattoos on any part of the body must be covered if they are gang-related or violate any of the provisions of this dress code
  8. Items of clothing or accessories with spikes, safety pins, or chains, including wallet chains, are prohibited. Clothing or any attachments to clothing that could be covered weapons are not allowed
  9. Sleepwear or slippers may not be worn
  10. Hair styles or hair colors that cause disruption to the school environment or in inhibit school safety.
  11. Excessive sagging or baggy pants are not to be worn. Undergarments may not be exposed
  12. Any clothing or accessory that inhibits the safety of the student or others

Please contact your school if you have any questions.

Policy

The Board of Education recognizes that school dress significantly influences student behavior and that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment as well as promote individual dignity. Students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate so as not to endanger their health, safety, or welfare, or that of others; so as not to foster peer competition or not to cause a disruption to the educational process. District dress and grooming codes shall be enforced on the school campus and at any school-sponsored activity. Appropriate dress for school dances, graduation activities, and other special events will be communicated to parents and students by the school.

The superintendent is directed to develop administrative regulations for the implementation of policy. The final determination of what constitutes appropriate dress shall be made by the school administration. School Site Councils shall review fashion trends regularly to determine if they are inappropriate for school as defined by this Dress and Grooming Code. Parents and students will be notified following such determinations. Students, with the support of their parents, have the responsibility to cooperate fully with District clothing and grooming standards. Students who violate the Dress and Grooming Code or disrupt the educational process due to their appearance will be asked to change their clothing. Students may be offered alternative clothing from the school, may change to appropriate items they have with them, or may be sent home to change. Parents will be contacted to review the District's Dress and Grooming Code. Students who refuse to comply with this action will be suspended as determined by the Code of Conduct. The Student Dress and Grooming regulation specifies standards that promote a positive and safe learning environment for students. Annual notice of this regulation shall be provided to students, parents, and staff in student handbooks. In addition, each school site council shall regularly review these standards. District and school dress and grooming codes shall be enforced on the school campus and at any school- sponsored activity. Appropriate dress for special events will be communicated to parents and students by the school. Exceptions to the dress code may be made by the administration for special days or activities.