Dress Code*

The major responsibility for dress and grooming is placed upon the student and the student’s parents/guardians. The following guidelines are intended to define appropriate student attire and personal grooming compatible with educational activities. The purpose is to prevent disruption of the classroom atmosphere, encourage appropriate dress for the school setting, eliminate disturbances among students in attendance, minimize student distraction so as not to interfere with the educational process, and to help protect the health, safety, and welfare of the individual student.

The following regulations and guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities, including field trips and other off-campus, school sponsored activities:

1. Shoes must be worn at all times. Shoes with retractable wheels are prohibited. Sandals must have heel straps. At a principal's discretion, flip-flops may be worn in the 7th and 8th grades as a distinct privilege pertinent to those grades only. The terms and conditions relative to this discretion are to be set by each respective principal.

2. Apparel, grooming, jewelry, accessories and other personal items (backpacks, gym bags, water bottles, etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures, symbols or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane, obscene, libelous, slanderous, sexually suggestive, or suggest violence. Apparel, grooming, jewelry, accessories or other personal items which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice or discrimination are prohibited. Facial piercings and ear gages are not to be worn at school.

3. Hats, caps, sunglasses and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors, except for valid medical reasons verified by a physician in writing or religious reasons authorized by the administration. Each school site may adopt rules that specify the types of sun-protective apparel that students will be allowed to wear outdoors and specify the types of apparel and hats that may be "inappropriate." If worn outdoors for sun protection, baseball caps and other caps with bills shall be worn with the bills facing forward.

4. Clothing shall be worn in a way that does not distract from the learning environment. All tops must have straps (no less than 1”) and be made of sufficient material and opacity to cover the torso. A cami/tank top must be worn under a sheer top to cover the entire torso and undergarments. All pants, shorts, dresses, skirts and leggings must be made of sufficient material and opacity to adequately cover the student’s body while sitting or standing. Shorts, skirts and dresses must extend past the palm. Avoid tight material that inches upward with movement. Form fitting skirts and dresses are not permitted. Pajamas and baggy sweat pants are prohibited (unless specifically authorized by the site principal for a special event, such as spirit day). All pants should be worn no more than two inches below the waist and in all cases should be sufficient to conceal undergarments, as noted above.

5. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed in a way that does not distract from the learning environment. Mohawks or similar style (e.g., "fauxhawk"), or spiked, which stick up or out more than two inches from the student's scalp are not allowed. Hair shall not be in a color that does not naturally occur, such as pink, purple, orange, yellow, etc.

6. Apparel which could be used as a weapon, or could be damaging to school property, including, but not limited to, steel-toed boots, chains, items with spikes or studs, etc., is prohibited.

7. Students shall not display any material which so incites others as to create a danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school grounds, disrupts the school process or violates district or school site rules or policies.