Dress Code

The Governing Board believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Students' clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction which would interfere with the educational process. Students are to dress in a manner which reflects good taste, modesty and cleanliness. For reasons of health and safety, shoes must be worn at all times.

(cf. 4119.22/4219.22/4319.22 - Dress and Grooming)

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

Students and parents/guardians shall be informed about dress and grooming standards at the beginning of the school year and whenever these standards are revised. Students who are dressed immodestly or whose clothing is bizarre or distractive will be sent home to dress properly. Shorts, not cut-offs or "short shorts," are acceptable on warm days. Tank tops and "bare midriff" tops are not acceptable. No see-through mesh shirts will be allowed. A student who violates these standards shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

The Board considers this to be a judgment area of the principal of the school. Details and specific rules which apply shall require the approval of the Superintendent or designee.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

Gang-Related Apparel

The principal, staff and parents/guardians at a school may establish a reasonable dress code that prohibits students from wearing gang-related apparel when there is evidence of a gang presence that disrupts or threatens to disrupt the school's activities. Such a dress code may be included as part of the school safety plan and must be presented to the Board for approval. The Board shall approve the plan upon determining that it is necessary to protect the health and safety of the school's students.

In cooperation with teachers, students and parents/guardians, the principal or designee shall establish school rules governing student dress and grooming which are consistent with law, Governing Board policy and administrative regulations. These school dress codes shall be regularly reviewed.

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

Each school shall allow students to wear sun-protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day. (Education Code 35183.5)

In addition, the following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:
  1. Shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals must have heel straps. Flip-flops or backless shoes or sandals are not acceptable.
  2. Clothing, jewelry and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice.
  3. Hats, caps and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors unless required by their religion.
  4. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited.
  5. Gym shorts may not be worn in classes other than physical education.
  6. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Hair may not be sprayed by any coloring that would drip when wet.