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Appropriate Dress for Students

Dress Code, Elementary

The personal appearance of students is a reflection of students’ pride in themselves and their school. Therefore, dress should be appropriate for an educational setting and help create a good learning environment. That is, dress and personal appearance should not interfere with or distract students and faculty from teaching and learning. Extremes in hairstyles and modes of dress deemed by the principal to be clearly inappropriate or which tend to disrupt or distract from the educational process will not be permitted. Students who fail to comply will remain in an ISS room or a separate environment until the student’s appearance is not disruptive. Parents will be contacted if necessary. A second or repeated violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action. The following rules must be followed:

  • Clothing must completely cover the shoulders and extend to mid-thigh without exposing bare skin.
  • All students must avoid wearing see-through, midriff, bareback, or cut-off shirts.
  • A shirt must be worn under athletic jerseys.
  • Students are expected to wear their shorts or pants fastened around their waists, and shorts or skirts should extend to mid-thigh or longer.
  • No large or heavy chains that could be used as a weapon may be worn on school grounds.
  • Student’s clothing shall be free of inappropriate or suggestive slogans and pictures, including any depiction of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products.
  • Any clothing that disrupts the teaching/learning process is considered inappropriate.
  • No caps, hats, or head coverings will be worn inside the building.
  • Schools may modify these requirements for special events, such as prom and dances, as long as dress requirements for these events are published one month in advance.

[Board Policy 4317]

Dress Code, Secondary

The personal appearance of students is a reflection of the student’s pride in themselves and their school. Therefore, dress should be appropriate for an educational setting and help create a good learning environment. That is, dress and personal appearance should not interfere with, nor distract students and faculty from teaching and learning.

Extremes in hairstyles and modes of dress deemed by the administration to be clearly inappropriate or which tend to disrupt or distract from the educational process will not be permitted. Students who fail to comply will remain in an ISS room or a separate environment until the student ‘s appearance is not disruptive. Parents will be contacted if necessary. A second or repeated violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action. The administration may modify these requirements for special events, such as proms and dances, as long as dress requirements for these events are published a month in advance.

Students may wear:
  1. Any top that extends at least to the point of the shoulder, rises to at least one hand width below the collar bone on the chest, covers the entire back and midriff, and is free of profanity, suggestive slogans and pictures, and depictions and advertisements of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products.
  2. Pants fastened around the waist, skirts, or dresses that are mid-thigh or longer.
Prohibited items:
  1. Anything that could be used as a weapon.
  2. See-through clothing and clothing with holes/tears exposing skin.
  3. No caps, hats or head coverings will be worn inside the building (at teacher discretion).

[Board Policy 4317]