Dress and Grooming
Personal appearance and dress are the responsibility of the student and the student's parent or guardian. Students will not dress or groom themselves in a manner that, in the judgment of the school administrator, presents a risk to the health, safety or general welfare of the student, other students or staff, or that is counterproductive to the district's educational objectives.
Students will refrain from displaying tattoos or wearing clothing, jewelry or other accessories that communicate, whether through language, images, symbols, artwork, color schemes or clothing styles:
- a message related to tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs and other items that cannot be legally purchased or possessed by minors
- a message that advocates or promotes violence or terror
- a message that is sexually suggestive, vulgar, obscene or plainly offensive
- a message that would cause a reasonable person, as a student or staff member, to feel threatened, intimidated or harassed because of the person's race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation
- a message expressing gang membership, affiliation or support
The foregoing standards regarding "message" clothing will be interpreted and applied by school administrators in a manner that avoids infringement of a student's First Amendment rights.
Without limiting the general standards, students must comply with the following standards at school and school events:
- Jeans, pants and trousers must be worn at the waist area and must not drag excessively on the ground. No sagging is allowed.
- Clothing must cover the abdomen, back, buttocks, chest and genital areas. Tops that expose cleavage are prohibited. When standing, tops must completely cover the midriff to the skirt, shorts or pants. See-through clothing is prohibited.
- Skin-tight outer clothing, such as spandex, is prohibited unless it is worn for a school-sponsored extracurricular activity (for example, dance or wrestling).
- Tube tops and halter tops are prohibited. Tank tops and other sleeveless tops are permitted only if the straps are wider than 1 1/2 inches and the armholes are no lower than 2 inches from the armpit.
- Shorts must have at least a 2-inch inseam and extend to the tip of the student's fingers.
- Dresses and skirts must extend at least 1 inch beyond the tip of the student's fingers.
- Clothing or attire by which an adolescent female student does not wear a bra or underwear, wears a bra or other garments as outerwear, or wears clothing in a manner such that underwear is visible through outerwear is prohibited.
- Clothing or attire by which an adolescent male student does not wear underwear, wears underwear as outerwear, or wears trousers or shorts so that underwear is visible is prohibited.
- Pajamas and other sleepwear are prohibited.
- Bandannas, hairnets and do-rags are prohibited.
- Jewelry and accessories with studs, spikes, sharp objects or heavy chains are prohibited.
- Sunglasses may be worn indoors only if there is a medical need to wear them.
- Hats or other head apparel may not be worn inside school buildings unless for religious, medical or safety purposes. Students will not be prohibited or discouraged from wearing hats or other clothing designed to reduce sun exposure while outdoors.
- Trench coats and other over-sized clothing that can conceal contraband are prohibited.
- Footwear must be worn at all times. Shoes, such as "wheels in the heels," that pose safety hazards and shoes, such as cleats, that may damage flooring are prohibited.
- Safety dress requirements for specific classes must be followed.