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Dress and Personal Appearance

Students – Dress and Grooming

In cooperation with teachers, students and parents/guardians, the principal or designee shall establish school rules governing student dress and grooming which are consistent with law, Governing Board policy and administrative regulations. These school dress codes shall be regularly reviewed.

Each school shall allow students to wear sun-protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day.  (Education Code 35183.5)

In addition, the following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:

  1. Shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals must have heel straps. Flip flops or backless shoes or sandals are not acceptable.
  2. Clothing, jewelry and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, weapons, violence, drugs or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice or which an administrator determines to be inappropriate.
  3. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, crop tops, tube tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs, thin or spaghetti straps shall not be worn.  Straps must be at least two-fingers in width and bra straps must be covered at all times.  Shirts with straps must be worn under tops with cut-outs or oversized arm holes to conceal undergarments and/or bare skin.
  4. Short shorts are not allowed, they must be at least 3 inches from the inseam.  
  5. Inappropriately short skirts or dresses are also not allowed.
  6. Undershirt tank tops are not allowed.
  7. No baggy style pants that expose undergarments are allowed.  
  8. Wallet chains and bandanas are also not allowed.
  9. Pajamas, and slippers and blankets are not allowed unless as part of spirit week or other such school activity approved by the site administrator.
  10. Long dangling earrings may not be worn as they get easily caught in hair. 

Site administrators reserve the right to determine the appropriateness of student attire.  Coaches and teachers may impose more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports and/or classes.

No grade of a student participating in a physical education class shall be adversely affected if the student does not wear standardized physical education apparel because of circumstances beyond the student's control.  (Education Code 49066)

The principal and staff at each school may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities.

Gang-Related Apparel

At individual schools that have a dress code prohibiting gang-related apparel at school or school activities, the principal, staff and parents/guardians participating in the development of the school safety plan shall define "gang-related apparel" and shall limit this definition to apparel that reasonably could be determined to threaten the health and safety of the school environment if it were worn or displayed on a school campus. (Education Code 32282)

Because gang-related symbols are constantly changing, definitions of gang-related apparel shall be reviewed at least once each school year and updated whenever related information is received.

Students who participate in a nationally recognized youth organization shall be allowed to wear organization uniforms on days when the organization has a scheduled meeting.  (Education Code 35183)


Board Policy

Students – Dress and Grooming

The Governing Board believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment.  The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate.  Students' clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction which would interfere with the educational process.

Students and parents/guardians shall be informed about dress and grooming standards at the beginning of the school year and whenever these standards are revised.  A student who violates these standards shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Gang-Related Apparel

The principal, staff and parents/guardians at a school may establish a reasonable dress code that prohibits students from wearing gang-related apparel when there is evidence of a gang presence that disrupts or threatens to disrupt the school's activities.  Such a dress code may be included as part of the school safety plan and must be presented to the Board for approval. The Board shall approve the plan upon determining that it is necessary to protect the health and safety of the school's students.

Legal Reference:

Education Code

35183  School dress codes; uniforms
32281 School safety plans
48907 Student exercise of free expression
49066 Grades; effect of physical education class apparel


Code of Regulations, Title 5

302 Pupils to be neat and clean on entering school


ADOPTION DATE:  12-18-85