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Dress Code

Students are expected to attend school in clean, neat clothing. It is the mission of the school district not only to provide academic education but also to provide education in morals, manners, dress, and grooming because these are elements of good citizenship. Research has shown that student dress and appearance affect student attitudes and conduct. These guidelines are intended to define “appropriate student attire” and personal grooming. Their purpose is to prevent disruption of the classroom atmosphere, enhance classroom decorum, eliminate disturbances among other students in attendance, and minimize distraction of other students so as not to interfere with the educational process. It is also intended to help protect the health and welfare of the individual student. The final decision as to whether a student’s dress or grooming is, in fact, disruptive or distracting shall be made by the principal or designee. All students shall abide by the following:
  • Hair and physical appearance shall be clean and neatly groomed. Aerosol cans of any kind are not permitted at school, i.e., hair color, hair spray. No excessive makeup is allowed.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. For safety purposes sandals must be held in place with a heel strap. Steel-toed shoes, skate shoes, or boots are not permitted.
  • Lettering or printing will be allowed on shirts, sweatshirts, and other apparel as long as it is acceptable for school attire. Crude or vulgar printing or pictures depicting tobacco, drugs, alcoholic beverages, gang-related names or symbols, or those that are sexually suggestive are not allowed. This district reserves the right to declare unacceptable any item of clothing, printing or accessory depicting any logo that has been identified to be gang related.
  • Pant size must be appropriate. The fullness must not interfere with normal school activities. If the student removes the belt, pants must not fall more than 2” below the hipbone. The crotch should not drop lower than the fingertips of the extended hand. The length of the pant should not extend past the heel of the shoe. When side seams are pulled out straight and then are crossed to the front, the edge of the pants should not cross the mid-point of the leg.
  • All clothing shall be within the bounds of decency and good taste as appropriate for school. Garments shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times.
  • Dress or skirt length shall be within the bounds of decency and good taste and no shorter than mid-thigh.
  • No bare midriffs. No low-cut or revealing tops. No “off-the-shoulder” blouses.
  • No garment may be worn that is cut-off, ragged, or torn.
  • No “see through” or “fish net” type of blouse or shirt may be worn. Students must wear shirts at all times. No muscle shirts, undershirts or tank tops are permitted.
  • No gang related apparel (as determined by district guidelines).
  • Jewelry and accessories such as spiked bracelets, chokers, spikes embedded in the body, etc. are not permitted.
Use of Sun Protective Clothing
Students are authorized to wear sunscreen and sun-protective clothing while outdoors. (Education Code 35183)

Wearing of Shorts
Students may be allowed to wear Bermuda shorts, walking shorts, or shorts of this type within the following guidelines:
Shorts must be hemmed and straight legged.
The length of the shorts must be within the bounds of decency and in good taste as appropriate for school. The shorts length should not be shorter than the end of the extended fingertips. Short shorts are not to be worn at school. 
Shorts that do not meet the above criteria are not allowed. Tops worn with shorts must adhere to the guidelines previously stated.
Students shall not wear clothing or apparel identified by school personnel as “colors.” The term “colors” is defined as a display by the wearing or placement of apparel by a group of students, or an individual student, which would signify the membership or intent of membership in a student group known to advocate or participate in disruptive or illegal behavior. Students violating any part of this dress code will be issued one warning and sent home to change into appropriate clothing if necessary. The second violation of the same nature will result in the student being referred to the principal for discipline.

Gang Symbols
The Governing Board desires to keep district schools and students free from the threats or harmful influence of any groups or gangs which advocate drug use or disruptive behavior. The Board, therefore, prohibits the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, (i.e., bandannas, hair nets, chains, etc.), notebook, or manner of grooming that, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trade- mark, or any other attribute, denotes membership in such a group. Should any item be declared gang related due to the manner in which it is used or worn, proper notification of parents and students will be made prior to enforcement. Any student wearing or carrying overt gang paraphernalia or making gestures that symbolize gang membership shall be referred to the principal or designee. In order to refrain from giving gangs publicity, any gang graffiti shall be quickly removed, washed down, or painted over as soon as discovered.