Dress Code Guidelines
In order to establish and maintain a productive and appropriate learning environment and instill student respect for the educational environment, students shall maintain a reasonable standard of wearing apparel that is not disruptive to the educational process. [Board Policy 5511]
The following list is meant to serve as a guideline for all students:
(see below for additional guidelines specific to elementary, middle and high school students)
- Clothing may not promote or encourage the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products
- Clothing may not exhibit illegal activities, vulgarities, obscenities, profanity, sexually explicit language/suggestions, or ethnic intimidation
- Clothing may not reveal bare midriff
- Clothing may not reveal undergarments
- Skirts/shorts must have hemlines to mid-thigh, or be worn with opaque tights (non-see through)
- Sleepwear or beachwear are not allowed
- Hats and/or hoods (all generally termed head coverings) may not be worn
- Shoes with wheels are not allowed
Additional Information for Elementary Students
For safety, children must wear shoes at all times. No shoes with wheels, please! Appropriate footwear is required to allow for active participation in classroom/school activities. Sandals/flip-flops are not acceptable footwear for physical education/recess.
During winter months, children should come to school prepared for outdoor recess. Appropriate winter dress is so important! Weather changes rapidly and it’s always easier to shed a layer than it is to find one. Families that are finding it a financial challenge to provide appropriate clothing for their child should contact the school principal who will attempt to secure resources for this necessity in a confidential manner.
In addition, student dress or grooming practices will be prohibited which:
- Present a hazard to the health or safety of the student or to others;
- Interfere with school work, create disorder to the educational program;
- Cause excessive wear or damage to school property; and/or
- Prevent the student from achieving his/her own educational objective because of blocked vision or restricted movement.
Additional Information for Middle & High School Students
Hats and/or hoods (all generally termed head coverings) may not be worn at the middle schools or senior high schools. Failure to comply will be considered insubordination and is subject to disciplinary action. Violations of this policy may result in the confiscation of the head covering and held for a parent/guardian to pick up. If a student has a medical or other need that may necessitate a head covering, the student should see an administrator in advance to discuss that need. Those needs will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by an administrator.
An administrator may request a change in attire when a student’s apparel creates a disruption to the educational environment.