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Student Dress Code

Filed in Archive by on August 9, 2019

The Student Dress Code is part of the Code of Conduct, Board of Education Policy 5300.

A. All students are expected to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance.

B. Teachers and all other District personnel should exemplify professional and appropriate attire, reinforce acceptable student dress, and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting. School staff shall enforce the dress code consistently and in a manner that does not reinforce 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.

C. All students should be able to dress comfortably for school and engage in the educational environment without fear of or actual unnecessary discipline or body shaming. All students and staff should understand that they are responsible for managing their own personal “distractions” without regulating individual students’ clothing/self-expression.

D. Student attire shall not interfere with health or safety, contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, or disrupt or interfere with the educational process.

E. A student’s attire shall:

  1. Fully cover genitals, buttocks, breasts, and nipples with opaque fabric.
  2. Include a shirt (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms) and pants/jeans or the equivalent (e.g., a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, shorts, dress).
  3. Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.

F. A student’s attire shall not include:

  1. Hats/headgear inside the school during the school day, except for a medical or religious purpose, or for approved activities.
  2. Swimsuits (except as required in class or athletic practice).
  3. Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon.
  4. Items that are vulgar, obscene, or libelous or that denigrate others on account of real or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, economic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sex in an expressed or implied manner.
  5. Images or language that promote or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs or encourage other illegal or violent activities.
  6. tems that denote or represent gang affiliation such as bandanas, beads, jewelry, or other indicators and/or symbols intended expressly so.

G. Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item.

    H. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, up to and including in-school suspension for the day.

    I. Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including suspension.

    J. Each building principal or designee shall be responsible for informing all teachers, staff, 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.