Dress Code Reminder

Natalie Wilson

The beginning of the school year means the start of many things, including the dress code.

 

So in case you’ve forgotten, or you’ve never seen it before, here’s what the student handbook says about the dress code: 

 

Dress Code

 

In order to create the most positive learning environment, students are expected to dress

appropriately. Neatness, decency, and good taste are guidelines of the district dress code.

Students must dress in a manner that is not obscene; offensive; or substantially or materially

disruptive to the learning environment. Apparel that is sexually suggestive; promotes violence,

illegal activities, drugs, alcohol, and/or tobacco; or is determined to be gang related is

prohibited. Student apparel and grooming must also meet requirements of any courses which

are part of the approved curriculum in which they are enrolled.

 

Upon administrative approval, teachers may determine and establish dress code limits on

head and footwear within the teachers classrooms beyond those limits referenced here. Items

that are considered to be inappropriate include but are not limited to:

 

  • Jewelry and accessories that exaggerate intended use (including chains)
  • Sunglasses
  • Tops and shirts without a full front and back, full sides and straps that do not cover all undergarments.
  • Sagging clothing, pants hanging below the waist, or pants that expose the clothing underneath or excessive skin (holes in pants).
  • Apparel displaying tobacco/drug/alcohol advertisement.
  • Revealing clothing (administrative discretion).

 

Students are required to wear appropriate safe footwear (administrative discretion). No

student on or about school property or at any school activity shall wear, possess, use,

distribute, display, or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other thing

that is evidence of membership or affiliation in a gang. Any apparel which in the opinion of

administration is associated with gangs and/or drugs and/or becomes disruptive to the

educational process may be banned. The wearer of such apparel shall be subject to

administrative disciplinary action. Parents and law enforcement will be notified.

 

It is the school’s expectation that students develop acceptable standards in dress and

demeanor which reflect appropriateness for the occasion, which do not create a

disturbing/distracting influence in the educational setting, and which are not contrary to public

good taste. School authorities do reserve the prerogative to counsel students in the matter of

dress and grooming. Inappropriately dressed and/or groomed students will be given the option

of changing or being sent home. Time spent outside of the classroom will be considered

unexcused. Consequences for dress code infractions that fall within other policy areas (eg.

Racial Harassment) will follow disciplinary guidelines as stated in the specific area referenced.

 

Students who are in violation of the dress code will receive consequences ranging from being

asked to change or alter their clothing to suspension. Students whose clothing violates district

racial harassment and intimidation policy will receive three days out-of-school suspension for

the first infraction, three to five days out-of-school suspension with a possible expulsion

hearing for the second offense, and suspension from school, pending an expulsion hearing, for

a third violation.