Code of Conduct
Section VIII: Student dress code
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 with guidance from the below criteria.
A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style and color, jewelry, make-up 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, spaghetti straps, 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 clothing that can mask or obscure a student’s identity. Exceptions include garments worn (hats or head coverings) for a medical or religious purpose.
- Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion or religious expression, creed, national origin, weight, gender including identity and expression, sex, sexual orientation or disability.
- Not include gang-related paraphernalia of any kind. This restriction includes R.I.P. commemorative shirts.
- Not promote or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs.
- Not encourage any type of illegal or violent activity.
Each building principal or his/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.
If a middle school or 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.
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.