5511-Dress and Grooming Section: Pupils

The Board of Education recognizes that each pupil’s mode of dress and grooming is a manifestation of the pupil’s personal style and individual preferences. The Board will impose its judgment on pupils and parents or legal guardians only when a pupil’s dress and grooming affect the educational program of the schools.
The building principal or designee shall determine whether the dress or grooming of pupils comes within these prohibitions.

Staff members shall demonstrate by example and precept wholesome attitudes toward neatness, cleanliness, propriety, modesty, and good sense in attire and appearance.
The Superintendent shall, on consultation with staff members, pupils, and parents or legal guardians, prepare a dress code that imposes only minimum and necessary limitations on a pupil’s taste and individuality.

The Board recognizes that:

• Dress is the responsibility of parents and students. However, the schools affirm that acceptable standards for students are predicated on decency, neatness, cleanliness, and safety. Dress for school must not distract from nor disrupt the educational process. Clothing must be modest and appropriate for the school setting.

• Clothing patches or decorations that contain profane, obscene, offensive, or inappropriate language; references to alcohol, sex, gang-related activity, sexual orientation or drugs; or demeaning references to specific gender, ethnical, racial, or religious groups are prohibited.

• Undergarments should not be visible at any time.

Unacceptable clothing includes (but is not limited to) the following:

• Extremely low cut, plunging, or transparent clothing and clothing that is suggestive.
• Tube tops, halter tops, backless and bare midriffs.
• Spaghetti straps and any strap less than the width of two fingers.
• Sleeveless tops such as muscle shirts are prohibited for boys.
• Bottoms that exaggerate, emphasize, reveal, or call attention to anatomical details.
• Shorts and skirts should be below fingertips when the arm is held straight down along the side of the body.
• Rolling of waist bands which violates other dress codes requirements is prohibited.
• Pants not worn at the waist or hip.
• Inappropriately torn or cut articles of clothing.
• Pajamas and other forms of sleepwear.
• Hats, hoods, visors, bandannas and sweat bands/athletic bands.
• Bare feet, unsafe footwear, slippers, cleats, and footwear intended for the beach (i.e. flip-flops) and locker room (i.e. slides).
• Jewelry that poses a safety hazard such as spike bracelets, necklaces or heavy chains is not permitted; no jewelry is permitted in physical education classes
• Sunglasses, accessories with inappropriate messages, headsets, iPods, cell phones or other electronic devices are not permitted
• Clothing worn specifically for religious purposes will be permitted after the religious tenet of faith is shared with the building principal
• Temporary modifications of the dress code may be necessary and will be established before the activity by the classroom teacher and/or building administrator (e.g., in lab classes, at Prom and other special school events, Spirit Week, or on field trips)


Will be conducted by Teachers, Support staff, Para-professionals, and Administrators in the following manner:
• Persistent and continuous inspection of changeable student dress.
• Offenders sent to building administration.
• All offenses must be documented in an individual student’s discipline record within Genesis.
• In all instances, the building administrator in conjunction with the school nurse or staff designee shall be the final arbiter of the school dress code.

A tiered system of discipline:

• First Offense – Student must change clothes; parents notified.
• Second Offense – Student must change clothes; parents notified; student assigned Administrative Detention.
• Third Offense – Student must change clothes; parents notified; student assigned In-School Suspension; parent conference scheduled upon re-admittance.
• Fourth Offense – Student loses privileges (i.e. campus parking, activities, recess, etc.); Student must change clothes; Out-of-School Suspension may be initiated; parent conference.


• Dress Code mailed home with 3rd Marking Period Report Cards.
• Email blasted to parents.
• Conduct staff discussions at faculty meetings.
• Conduct class meetings with all students.
• Post on district and school web sites.
• Discussed at transitional student & parent orientations (i.e. entering kindergarten, 4th grade to 5th grade, 8th grade to 9th grade)
• The Superintendent shall, on consultation with administrators, teachers, support staff members, pupils, and parents or legal guardians, prepare and review a dress code that imposes only minimum and necessary limitations on a pupil’s taste and individuality.

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