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Student Dress Expectations

Good grooming and personal appearance are essential elements to learning and the learning environment. Students’ dress and personal appearance are expected to not interfere with the health and safety of anyone in the school and should not be disruptive or interfere with the legitimate interest and welfare of the students. 

The principal or designated person(s) at each school have the authority to determine inappropriate dress.  Any student violating the dress code must modify the infraction per the administrator’s request. Refusal to obey a request to modify a dress code infraction is treated as insubordination or refusal to obey an official as described in the Violations of Student Code of Conduct section of this Student Handbook.  At the school official’s discretion, this act will be a Class I, II, or III offense. While at school students must be dressed clean and neatly and should adhere to the following dress expectations/or OSHA standards: 

  1. Shoes or sandals must be worn. Closed-toe shoes must be worn in laboratory and shop-type course areas consistent with OSHA standards. No bedroom shoes are permitted.
  2. Hair must be clean, neatly styled, not in the eyes, and not of a length to be dangerous around machinery and equipment; long hair worn on males or females in these areas must be secured at the back of the head.
  3. Clothing with pictures, writings, messages, and/or symbols related to or promoting or considered to promote racism, sex, obscenities, alcohol, tobacco, violence and/or drugs are considered disruptive to the educational process and are prohibited.
  4. Hats, athletic sweatbands, bandanas, curlers, picks, hair nets, head gear of any kind, and sunglasses are not to be worn at school or on school buses. These items must be placed in book bags prior to loading the bus or in lockers immediately upon arriving at school if a car rider.
  5. Pants or shorts with holes above the knee are unacceptable. Students wearing pants, slacks, skirts, or shorts at an unacceptable level shall move the clothing to an acceptable level and secure it with their own personal belt, or with means supplied by the administration of the school. An appropriate length for shorts/skirts is a mid-thigh length or finger-tip length with hands down by the side for grade levels 4-12.  Pants, slacks,skirts, or shorts worn by a student at an unacceptable level after having been instructed to do otherwise will be considered an act of insubordination. Pants must be worn on the hips/waist area; sagging pants are prohibited.
  6. Belts must be buckled, sashes tied, straps strapped, and suspenders properly worn.
  7. Shirts must be of a length to be tucked, have a sleeve (no muscle shirts) and mid-section must be covered at all times (seated/standing).  Females should not wear tops that show cleavage, bare tank tops alone, or spaghetti strap type tops without an over shirt/jacket.  No bright-colored undergarments under light-colored shirts, shorts or pants.
  8. Pajamas may not be worn to school. Gang-related clothing may not be worn. Biker pants, sagging pants, leggings, uncovered spandex, strapless attire, tank tops, half shirts, bare midriff tops, halters, see-through clothing, exposed underwear, unbuttoned shirts revealing bare chests, hanging chains (including those attached to clothing), or coats/jackets that go below the waist (including dusters/trench or other similar styles) are not to be worn.
  9. Tattoos that are disruptive to the learning environment must be covered.  Facial piercings and tooth grills are potential safety hazards and can be unduly disruptive to the learning environment and should not be worn at school.
  10. Changing of clothes on school property is to be restricted to restrooms, dressing rooms, and other appropriate assigned places and is not to occur in classrooms or school buses.