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Student Dress Code

RULE 20: STUDENT DRESS CODE
Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible
with a safe and effective learning environment. The board prohibits appearance or clothing
that (1) violates a reasonable dress code adopted and publicized by the board or an
individual school, (2) is substantially disruptive, (3) is provocative, revealing, vulgar or
obscene or (4) endangers the health or safety of the student or others.
Before being punished, a student who is not in compliance with this rule or a school dress
code will be given a reasonable period of time to make adjustments so that he or she will
be in compliance.

Examples of prohibited dress or appearance include, but are not limited to, those listed
below.
1. Head apparel (hats, headbands, scarves, bandanas, picks, combs, etc.) or
sunglasses may not be worn inside the building unless the headgear is worn
based on a sincerely-held religious belief;
2. Exposed undergarments;
3. Halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps (no bare shoulders);
4. Clothing that exposes the midriff or cleavage;
5. Pants that are baggy or drag the floor (pants/shorts must be worn around the
waist);
6. Short shorts or excessively short dresses/skirts;
7. Spandex or other very tight clothing, or excessively oversized clothing;
8. Sleepwear or bedroom slippers;
9. Bare feet;
10. Clothing that contains advertisements for tobacco, alcohol, or drugs; pictures or
graphics of nudity; words that are profane, lewd, vulgar, or indecent or likely to be
disruptive to the learning environment;
11. Items that are potentially dangerous such as fish hooks, chains, or spiked
objects; and
12. Any symbols, styles or attire that would violate Rule 23, Gang Control.


Individual schools may maintain written guidelines in addition to those above and will be
made available to students and parents. School administrators may make exceptions to
the dress code as deemed appropriate for medical or religious reasons, for special
observances, or for other activities that would allow for non-conforming dress on a school
campus.


If a student's dress, appearance or lack of cleanliness is detrimental to the health or safety
of him/herself or others, substantially disrupts the school or work environment, or otherwise
violates this policy, the principal may require the student to adjust his/her appearance or
clothing. Failure to comply with this rule or a school dress code will result in the student
being removed from the classroom and/or school until his/her appearance or clothing
adheres to the rules. The student's parent/guardian will be notified prior to any removal
from school.


Guideline Consequence: Contact parent for appropriate attire; ISS; IC; OSS for up to 3
days.

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