STUDENT DRESS CODE
The district’s dress code is established to:
1. create and maintain a respectful and positive learning environment
2. prevent the disruption, interference with, or detraction from the educational environment and school activities
3. minimize health and safety hazards
4. teach students grooming and hygiene
Students are expected to come to school neatly groomed and appropriately dressed. Students and parents share responsibility for complying with the District’s dress code.
Teachers and administrators have the authority to enforce the dress code. All final decisions on the appropriateness of school dress will rest with campus administrators.
If a student fails to comply with the dress code, the principal will request that the student make the appropriate corrections. This may include changing into clothing provided by the school. If the student refuses to make the appropriate corrections, the student’s parent/guardian will be contacted for assistance in making the necessary corrections. If both the student and parent/guardian refuse, the student will be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day or until the problem is corrected. Repeated violations of the dress code will result in more serious disciplinary action. In all cases, appropriate disciplinary action will be administered in compliance with the Student Code of Conduct.
· The midriff must be covered at all times, including when arms are raised over the student’s head and when the student is seated.
· The entire shoulder and back must be covered. Shoulder straps must be at least the width of a driver's license. Spaghetti straps, tank tops, T-back tops, and halter tops are prohibited unless layered over an appropriate shirt or blouse.
· Undergarments should not be visible anywhere, including the armholes.
· Necklines must not be low or revealing. The back of shirts and dress tops will be no lower than the top of the armpits.
· Pants must fit appropriately over the hips. Sagging or bagging with pants or shorts shall not be permitted. Rolled waist bands are not permitted if rolling causes the midriff to be uncovered.
· Excessively tight or revealing clothing is not permitted. Leggins and jean leggings must be covered with a top that reaches finger-tip length.
· Dresses, skirts, and shorts must allow students to be able to stand, sit, and/or bend with modesty.
· In grades 3-12, these items, when worn as the outer garment, shall extend at least to the tip of the middle finger when the arms are held straight at the side and the student is standing straight (without shrugging, bending, or stretching in an attempt to make the length work.)
· The top of any slits and/or holes in outer garments shall comply with this same dress code length.
· In grades PreK-3, shorts should be worn underneath dresses.
· Shorts must be of a non-revealing fabric or style. Spandex biker shorts, or boxer shorts, are not allowed.
· Hats, caps, sweatbands, bandanas, visors, or other head coverings may not be worn in the school building except on approved occasions.
· Long overcoats or trench coats are prohibited.
· Pajamas or slippers may not be worn at school.
· For reasons of health and safety, shoes must be worn at all times.
· Shoes with wheels and large, bulky or animal-shaped type house shoes are prohibited.
· Properly fitted tennis shoes (with an enclosed back) are require for physical education classes.
4. Jewelry, Accessories and Make-up
· Body piercings or body piercing jewelry that causes a significant disruption to the learning environment is prohibited.
· Tattoos that are lewd, vulgar, violent, gang related, or depict profanity or prohibited items (i.e. alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products) must be covered at all times while in the classroom, on school grounds, or at school activities or school sponsored events.
· Chains, including wallet chains, are not allowed.
· Spiked jewelry or jewelry that is noisy, causes a distraction, or that could be dangerous to the student or other individuals is prohibited (i.e. necklaces made out of safety pins and chain links).
· Contacts that are an unnatural eye color (i.e. purple), "wild eye" contacts, or contacts that alter the normal shape and look of the pupil are prohibited.
· Sunglasses or other eyewear that is not for a medical reason is prohibited from being worn inside school buildings.
· Students are not permitted to excessively write on skin and/or clothing items.
· Ultra wild makeup is prohibited.
Extracurricular Activities: Extracurricular programs may have additional requirements or guidelines for students participating in those programs.
Medical conditions, supported by documentation from a physician, or certain recognized religious beliefs may qualify for an exception to certain provisions of the dress code. However, any exceptions must receive prior approval by the campus administrator.
Grooming and dress for special activities and extra-curricular activities are under the direction of the principal (i.e. Prom, Homecoming, DEAR day, Graduation, field trips, "hat" day, etc.)
This dress code provides requirements regarding common situations but cannot cover every style of dress and specific situations that may arise. The District reserves the right to prohibit any clothing or grooming style that the administration determines to be reasonably expected to pose a health or safety hazard or to cause substantial disruption of, distraction from, or interference with general school operations.