Dress Code Policy

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    School Board Policy


    CHAPTER 10 - (3) Administrative Regulation


    AR 1041.1: Student Rights and Responsibilities - Rights - Freedom of Speech & Assembly






    Cross References


    March 30, 1993


    Last Revised
    May 6, 2019

    Symbolic Expression—Dress and Appearance at School: Students have a responsibility to dress and act in a manner which is appropriate for school. Students also have the right to dress in a manner which expresses an ethnic, religious, or political point of view. While students have the right to choose both their actions and their own style of dress, they also have the responsibility to make appropriate and respectful choices as to their style of dress.  Students’ school attire should not pose a threat to public or personal health and safety, or be disruptive or distracting to classroom activity or student behavior.  School staff have the right and responsibility to make professional judgments regarding the appropriateness of those actions and dress based upon the standards stated above.  A student's manner of dress would be considered inappropriate if it were distracting enough to deter students, teachers, or staff from educational activities in the classroom or to disrupt the positive and safe climate on campus.  The responsibility for providing the dress and grooming of a student rests primarily with the student and the parents or guardians in accordance with guidelines below.


    Allowable Dress & Grooming while at school or school related activities

      • Students must wear clothing including both a shirt with pants, shorts, or skirt, or the equivalent, and footwear appropriate for classes and activities the student is expected to participate in each day.
      • Shirts and dresses must have fabric in the front, back and on the sides for appropriate coverage.
      • Clothing must cover undergarments.
      • Fabric covering all private parts must not be see-through.
      • Hats and other head-gear must allow the face to be visible and not interfere with the line of sight to any student or staff.
      • Clothing must be appropriate for all scheduled classroom activities as outlined by school administration including physical education, science labs, shop, and other activities where unique hazards may exist.
      • Specialized courses or activities may require specialized attire, such as safety gear or sports uniforms.

    Non-Allowable Dress & Grooming for school and school related activities

      • Clothing may not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, electronic cigarettes or vaping devices, marijuana, or other controlled substances.
      • Hoods on clothing must remain off the head.
      • Clothing may not depict pornography, nudity, or sexual acts.
      • Clothing may not use or depict hate speech or target any group based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other groups in board policy as protected groups.
      • Clothing of all types recognized as gang affiliated or threatening must not be worn and must not threaten the health or safety of any other student or staff. 
      • Clothing, drawings, tattoos, and accessories that display or promote hateful and/or disrespectful messages are not permitted.  This includes, but is not limited to, drug, alcohol, or tobacco related information, gang signs or symbols, depiction of weapons or violence, obscenities, insults, stereotypes, sexual innuendo, disrespectful statements that target a specific class of individuals, or offensive words or graphics.
      • If any portion of a student’s attire or grooming threatens the health or safety of any other person, then discipline for dress or grooming violations should be consistent with discipline policies for similar violations.

    Exceptions to the above rules may be made for religious, medical, or cultural reasons. Any claim that an exception is warranted for a particular item of clothing will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the school administration. The school administration will communicate with the student and the parent or guardian to determine the applicability of the exception. Building administrators have the discretion to make site-level decisions regarding allowable dress, within Title IX guidelines.


    Consequences for violations of the appropriate dress will require the student to change into garments, footwear, or accessories that are acceptable. Parents or guardians will be contacted. Continued violations will be considered insubordination resulting in appropriate disciplinary consequences (cross-reference School Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1046.5).



    Cross Reference:

    Policy 1041.1: Student Rights and Responsibilities - Rights - Freedom of Speech & Assembly

    Policy 170: Tobacco and Nicotine-Free School District

    Policy 1046.5: Student Rights and Responsibilities - Disruptive Behavior - Insubordination

    AR 1046.5: Student Rights and Responsibilities - Disruptive Behavior - Insubordination



    Approved: March 30, 1993
    Revised: July 28, 2004
    Revised: July 24, 2007
    Revised: March 10, 2014
    Revised: December 8, 2014

    Revised: May 6, 2019