Dress Code

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The purpose of the Dress Code is to encourage students to focus on the learning process without the distractions of unsuitable dress. Students shall maintain a clean, orderly appearance at all times.

The responsibility for the personal appearance of the student rests with the parent/guardian and the student. Personal appearance shall not disrupt the educational process. A student who is dressed appropriately is demonstrating respect for self and others, as well as contributing to a safe and orderly learning environment. The following establishes the minimum acceptable standards for student dress to be interpreted and enforced by the school administration. Each principal has the authority with his or her staff and community, as permitted by School Board Policy, to establish additional standards at individual schools.

1. Apparel shall be adequate in both length and coverage to be considered appropriate for school. Skirts and shorts are to be at or below the knee.
2. Pants shall be worn fastened and at the waist. It is unacceptable for undergarments to be exposed. Sagging pants are prohibited.
3. Pants with holes, tears, etc. are discouraged. If holes or tears expose skin above the knee, athletic shorts, leggings, or tights must be worn underneath.
4. Leggings, with or without pockets, can be worn under an appropriate top that is fingertip length.
5. Shirts or tops shall be appropriately fastened in accordance with the design of that shirt or blouse. The length shall extend beyond the waist.
6. Outfits that provide minimum coverage are prohibited. Examples include: transparent, strapless, off-the-shoulder, low-cut, halters, backless dresses or tops, tube tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, and muscle shirts. Shirts must be worn under sleeveless jerseys.
7. The wearing of hats, caps, headgear (including hoodies) or sunglasses, except in conjunction with designated school approved uniforms or at authorized athletic practices or activities, is prohibited. There may be certain exceptions for medical conditions, religion, and outdoor physical education classes.
8. Any articles of clothing or jewelry that could likely cause injury are prohibited. Wallet chains of any length are prohibited.
9. Shoes shall be worn at all times. Bedroom slippers are prohibited.
10. Apparel, emblems, insignias, badges, or symbols that promote the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, violence, sex, or any other illegal activity are prohibited.
11. Apparel or symbols which may be gang-related are prohibited from being displayed on a student’s person or in the student’s possession.
12. Hair styles that may cause a substantial disruption to the educational environment, as determined by the administration, are prohibited.


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