All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. Teachers and all other District personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting. The administrator(s) of the building has the authority to determine if a student’s appearance is inappropriate for school.
A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hairstyle/color, jewelry, make-up, body art, and nails, shall:
- Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.
- Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, plunging necklines (front and/or back) and see-through garments are not acceptable.
- Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing.
- Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.
- Not include the wearing of hats or head coverings in the school building except for a medical or religious purpose. Clothing that can mask a student’s identity (overcoats, masks, oversized hooded sweatshirts) is not allowed.
- Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, and libelous or denigrate others on account of race, weight, height, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
- Not include gang-related paraphernalia of any kind.
- Not promote or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs.
- Not encourage any type of illegal or violent activity.
Standardized acceptable clothing for high school and middle school students includes
- Skirts/shorts should be of an appropriate length as to not distract the learning environment. Principal or his/her designee will determine appropriate length using various techniques including fingertip tests, etc.
- All garments need to have two over the shoulder straps
- No exposed midriff are allowed
- Muscle shirts/tanks that expose a students’ midsection are prohibited
If a middle school and high school student’s clothing violates the student dress code, that student shall be required to modify his or her appearance by either covering or removing the offending item or replacing it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline up to and including, out of school suspension.
If a grade school student’s clothing violates the student dress code, the school shall make a good faith effort to contact the student’s parent or guardian to request that the student modify his or her appearance during school attendance. If a grade school student’s clothing repeatedly violates the student dress code, even after the school has contacted the parent or guardian, that student shall be required to modify his or her appearance by either covering or removing the offending item or replacing it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline up to, and including, out of school suspension.
Each building principal or his or her designee shall be responsible for informing all students and their parents of the student dress code at the beginning of the school year and any revisions to the dress code made during the school year.