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, Board of Education policy, and Administrative Regulations (A.R.). These school dress codes shall be regularly reviewed. (cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)
Guidelines for Student Dress and Grooming at School and at School Activities
- Student dress and/or grooming which disrupts or threatens to disrupt the instructional process, or which creates an unnecessary or unreasonable risk of injury or harm to any student is prohibited.
- Student dress and grooming shall be appropriate to the activity levels and types that can reasonably be expected to occur during the school day.
- Each school shall allow students to wear sun-protective clothing, including but not limited to, hats as approved by the principal, for outdoor use during the school day. (Education Code 35183.5) (cf. 5141.7 — Sun Safety)
Specific Minimum Dress and Groom Standards for Grades K-8
- Shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals must have heel straps. The following are not permitted: Flip flops, flip flop-type, or backless shoes or sandals, platform shoes above 2 inches, roller shoes, and slippers.
- Students must wear clothing including both a shirt with pants or skirt, or the equivalent (for example dresses, leggings, or shorts).
- Clothing must cover the chest and torso
- Clothing shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited.
- 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, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice.
- Bathing suits are not permitted as outerwear (except when in use for all P.E. activity or athletic activity)
Students and parents/guardians will be informed about dress and grooming standards at the beginning of the school year through the Student Handbook and whenever these standards are revised. A student who violates these standards shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Coaches and teachers may impose more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports and/or classes. (cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges). 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) (cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)
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, staff, students and parent/guardians at each school may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities.
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 semester and updated whenever related information is received.