Dress and Grooming Code
We expect students to come to school in clothes that are clean and neat, and we expect students to exhibit basic cleanliness and grooming that will not be a health or safety threat to themselves or to other students or staff. We do not permit students to wear clothing with pictures, emblems, or writing that is lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene or that advertises or depicts tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other substance that students are prohibited from having or using at school. The principal makes decisions about dress and grooming violations.
Appropriate Attire and Grooming
Appropriate Attire: Male students must wear clean clothing (shirt, slacks, shorts, jeans, trousers) that is not excessively torn or damaged above the knees. Female students must wear clean clothing (dress, blouse, shirt, skirt, shorts, slacks, jeans) that is not excessively torn or damaged above the knee. Pants must be worn with the waist at waist level, and shirts or blouses must be buttoned. All students must wear shoes and appropriate undergarments. At grades 6-12, shorts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knees. At grades Pre-K-5, shorts or skirts must be no shorter than the extended fingertips.
Appropriate Grooming: All students will exemplify grooming standards that project a positive image for the student, school, and District. Hair must be clean and neatly groomed and worn in a style that does not cover the eyes or eyebrows. Male students’ hair must be neatly trimmed and worn in a style above the eye brows and have a length above the top of the collar of a crew-neck tee-shirt. Male students may not wear ponytails and/or pinned up hair. Male students must be clean-shaven. Sideburns may extend no lower than the bottom of the ear and must be trimmed in a straight line without flares at the bottom.
Inappropriate Grooming: The following hair styles or colorings are inappropriate grooming for any student at school or a school-related or school-sanctioned activity:
Clothing with Words or Pictures: Clothing worn at school or school-related or school-sanctioned activities may not display printed statements or pictures:
Jewelry, Tattoos, Body Piercing: Students may not wear on the outside of their clothing any jewelry or similar artifacts that are obscene or distracting or that are likely to cause disruption to the educational environment. Students may not wear facial jewelry of any kind, other than non-distracting earrings worn on the ear. Male students may not wear earrings or spacers. Any body piercing or tattoos, including temporary tattoos, must be covered at all times while students are under the school’s jurisdiction.
Gang Attire and Grooming: Clothing, grooming, or any attire that identifies or connects a student with a gang (There is a definition in the Student Code of Conduct) is prohibited. The principal will maintain and regularly update a list of clothing, grooming, and other attire that has been identified as gang-related and will make the list available to teachers and parents to review.
Inappropriate or Unacceptable Attire: The following clothing and accessories are inappropriate attire for any student at school or a school-related or school-sanctioned activity:
Principal’s Authority: The principal or designee will determine if clothing or attire not addressed in this policy creates a distraction to the educational process and may prohibit that clothing or attire for his or her campus. Administrators have the discretion to determine the appropriateness of dress and grooming and to make special exceptions, including for religious or medical necessities.
If your child comes to school wearing clothes that violate the dress code or in any other way violates our dress and grooming standards, she or he will be placed in in-school suspension until she or he is in compliance. We will make efforts to notify you as soon as possible, and if the student changes clothes or otherwise comes into compliance with the dress and grooming standards, she or he will return to regular classes immediately.