Habits of cleanliness and proper dress are of major importance in establishing patterns of school and social behavior. A close relationship between the attitudes and conduct of students and their personal habits of cleanliness and dress is observable. Proper dress is also necessary for reasons of health and safety.
The regulations that relate to this policy are designed to encourage young people to dress in a manner that displays reasonableness of fashion, decency, and refrains from extremes. If there are any doubts about what should be worn, students should check with their school principal or designee, who is responsible for determining appropriateness of dress. Any clothing or accessories judged to be disruptive to the learning environment will be prohibited.
Students who use poor judgment or fail to cooperate will be sent home to change into appropriate dress.
The standards of dress in the schools are as follows:
- The following are examples of inappropriate dress: extreme short skirts, swimwear, gym or exercise shorts, muscle shirts, tank-tops, see-through blouses or cut-away blouses, and clothing made of spandex, lycra or other like fabric as outer garments
- Students are not allowed to wear clothing that does not cover midriffs or backs
Clothing and accessories bearing obscene, suggestive, alcohol, tobacco, or drug-related slogans or symbols are prohibited
- Students shall not wear hats, bandanna-type headbands, caps, hair curlers, picks, gauge earrings with spikes, spike collars, spike armbands, or sunglasses
- Students are required to wear shoes at all times. Any footwear the administration considers to be unsafe will not be permitted
- In the interest of safety and health, the schools may require specific dress or grooming procedure for certain instructional activities (such as shop, work and family studies, driver training, science laboratories, and physical education)
- Students acting as official representatives of the school in the band, chorus, state meetings, class activities, athletic teams, or any other organization may be required to subscribe to a more rigorous dress code as determined by the school administration and staff
- Students may not be allowed to wear jackets or coats that are considered to be weather-protective gear while in school. Examples of such outerwear garments include, but are not limited to trench coats, overcoats, large ski parkas, or other outerwear which, in the judgment of the principal, present concern for safety
- Pants or slacks must be worn to prevent slipping to hip level and must be worn so that the entire waistband is above the top of the hipbone. No cutouts are permitted
- The school principal may allow exceptions to the dress code for purposes of promoting "school spirit day," other like celebrations, or for special circumstances as deemed appropriate
- The school principal may ban any item of dress considered to be linked to gang activity, disruptive to the educational environment, unsafe for the student or others, or in violation of school policy