A safe and disciplined learning environment is essential to a quality educational program. District-wide standards on student attire are intended to help students concentrate on school work, reduce discipline problems, and improve school order and safety. The Board recognizes that students have the right to express themselves through dress and personal appearance; however, students shall not wear apparel that is deemed disruptive or potentially disruptive to the classroom environment or the school.
Any student deemed in violation of the dress code shall be required to change into appropriate clothing or make arrangements to have appropriate clothing brought to school immediately. In this case, there shall be no further penalty.
If the student cannot promptly obtain appropriate clothing, the student will remain in In-School Suspension (ISS) for the day and do schoolwork.
The following items are not acceptable in school buildings, on school grounds, or at school activities:
- Shorts, dresses, skirts, or other similar clothing shorter than mid-thigh length
- Sunglasses and/or hats worn inside the building
- Bandanas or headbands
- Inappropriately sheer, tight, or low-cut clothing (e.g., midriffs, halter tops, backless clothing, tube tops, garments made of fishnet, mesh, or similar material, muscle tops, etc.) that bare or expose traditionally private parts of the body including, but not limited to, the stomach, buttocks, back and breasts.
- Sagging pants or shorts are not allowed
- Shorts or pants that have slits or tears that expose the thigh area; tights, leggings or shorts must be worn to cover the thigh area. The thigh cannot be exposed
- Tank tops or other similar clothing with straps narrower than 1.5 inches in width
- Any clothing, paraphernalia, grooming jewelry, hair coloring, accessories, or body adornments that are or contain any advertisement, symbols, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that:
- Refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons
- Are of a sexual nature
- By virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, or other attributes denote membership in gangs that advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior
- Are obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd, or legally libelous
- Threaten the safety or welfare of any person
- Promote any activity prohibited by the student code of conduct
- Otherwise disrupt the teaching-learning process