The board believes that the dress and personal appearance of students greatly affect their academic performance and their interaction with other students. The board requests that parents outfit their children in clothing that is conducive to learning. Generally, dress and grooming standards as determined by the student and his or her parents will be deemed acceptable. However, the board prohibits any appearance or clothing that does the following:
- violates a reasonable dress code adopted and publicized by the school;
- is substantially disruptive;
- is provocative or obscene; or
- endangers the health or safety of the student or others.
Before being punished, a student who is not in compliance with this policy or a school dress code will be given a reasonable period of time to make adjustments so that he or she will be in compliance. Disciplinary consequences for a student who fails to comply after being offered this opportunity shall be consistent with Section D of policy 4300, Student Behavior Policies. The first violation of this policy may result in a short-term suspension from school for up to ten (10) days to long-term suspension for the remainder of the school year. A second violation of this policy during the school year shall result in a short-term suspension for up to ten (10) days or long-term suspension for the remainder of the school year. If a violation results in long-term suspension, the superintendent may assign the student to an alternative program approved by the Board of Education. Students must maintain the following dress while at school or on any school-related function.
Principals will maintain guidelines to assist students in determining appropriate dress and appearance for school, and copies will be made available for parents and students. Items listed below shall be included in all guidelines and shall apply to all students. Reasonable accommodation will be made by the principal or principal's designee for those students who, because of a sincerely held religious belief, cultural or medical reason, request a waiver of a particular guideline for dress or appearance. Reasonable accommodations shall be made by the principal to accommodate students involved in special duties, activities, or projects approved by the school. This would include but is not limited to: athletics, vocational classes, and projects, special events, or other activities that would allow for non-conforming dress on the school campus.
- Clothing must not be disruptive to the teaching-learning process and cannot be provocative, revealing, indecent, vulgar, obscene, profane, lewd, and legally libelous, promote gang affiliation or promote any activity prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct. Any clothing, manner of grooming, jewelry, accessories, backpacks, visible tattoos, and/or visible body piercing that could be construed as a weapon or contain any advertisement, symbols, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons; or are of a sexual nature are prohibited.
- Hats, caps, rags, wraps, sweatbands, bandanas, wave caps, towels, sunglasses, goggles, or other forms of headgear will not be worn inside the school buildings.
- Pants must be worn on the waist, with no undergarments visible (no sagging). Shorts and skirts may not be higher than three (3) inches above the knee – height of an ID card. In addition, no clothing may be ripped, torn, slit, or contain holes higher than three (3) inches above the knee - height of an ID card.
- Sleeveless shirts, blouses, and dresses must come up to the armpit. All shirts and blouses must go past the waistline to overlap pants/skirts, covering the back, with no cutouts or see-through elements. Undergarments are not to be visible.
- Also prohibited are inappropriately sheer, tight or low-cut clothing such as halter tops, backless clothing, tube tops, garments made of fishnet, mesh or similar material, muscle tops, and spaghetti straps. This also includes all sleep attire.
- Clothing must be worn appropriately at all times.
- Other concerns, not clearly defined in the policy, will be determined at the discretion of the local school administrator.