Dress Code

Research has indicated that student behavior is infl uenced by student dress and grooming.
Consequently, student grooming is the proper concern of school administrators and
teachers. In order to help insure proper and acceptable behavior on the part of the student,
it becomes necessary to establish certain guidelines to aid parents and students in selecting
the proper attire for school wear.

School staff recognizes that parents bear the primary responsibility for setting standards for
their children's dress and grooming. However, because of health and safety factors, because
of the infl uence of dress and grooming on students' attitude and behavior, and because of
the need to prevent disruptive infl uences and preserve the academic environment of the
school, student dress and grooming are proper concerns of teachers and administrators.
Regulations shall be established concerning the grooming of students for those classes
where safety in the use of power machinery and sanitary conditions in food preparation is
mandatory. Students enrolled in these classes shall be informed of those regulations and
are expected to conform while in these classes. The campus administration, after consulting
with the School Advisory Team and considering school/community needs, may have additional
dress or grooming regulations that are campus specific.

To aid students and their parents in making decisions about appropriate dress and grooming
for schools, the following guidelines are established.

Final determination of acceptable dress and grooming rests with the principal or his/her
designee.

  1. Shorts and skorts may be worn at the elementary school level. In grades three through
    five, they should be no more than four inches above the top of the kneecap. Shorts and
    skorts are prohibited in grades six through twelve.
  2. In grades three through twelve, skirts, dresses, and culottes must be no more than four
    inches above the top of the kneecap. There should not be a cut or slit in the clothing
    that extends beyond the four inch limit. These requirements also applies to school
    uniforms.
  3. Appropriate footwear must be worn; footwear which has toes reinforced with steel, hard
    plastics or similar materials are specifi cally prohibited.
  4. Hair must be neat and clean. Unconventional colored, multi-colored or spiked or Mohawk
    hair styles are not permitted.
  5. Headwear must not be worn in buildings.
  6. Any clothes that are suggestive or indecent or which cause distraction are not acceptable.
    Specifi cally, oversized clothing, tank tops, muscle shirts, halter tops, spaghetti
    straps, exposed backs or midriffs, and see-through garments are not permitted.
  7. Indecent/inappropriate patches, writings, or drawings on clothing are prohibited.
  8. All pants are to be full length (Capri pants should be no less than four inches below the
    bottom of the kneecap) and worn at the waist (no "sagging" or "bagging"). Tight fi tting
    pants (e.g., tights, Spandex, bicycle pants) are also prohibited. Cut-offs and intentionally
    frayed pants are also prohibited.
  9. Body piercing jewelry is prohibited except for rings, studs or other traditional jewelry
    worn in the ear. Tongue rings and tongue studs are not permitted.

Because fads in dress and grooming are subject to sudden, and sometimes radical change,
a basic rule to remember is that student dress and grooming should not be suggestive or
indecent, or so bizarre and unusual as to detract from the classroom environment.