A safe and disciplined learning environment is essential to a quality educational program. District-wide standards on student attire are intended to help students concentrate on schoolwork, reduce discipline problems, and improve school order and safety. The Board recognizes that students have a right to express themselves through dress and personal appearance; however, students shall not wear apparel that is deemed disruptive or potentially disruptive to the classroom environment or to the maintenance of a safe and orderly school.
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian and student to read the district’s dress code policy (See SC&DC File: JICA) and to know what it is.
Students are expected to abide by the following general guidelines
- Shirts must be long enough to naturally touch the top of the lower garment and/or be tucked in.
- Shirts must cover the shoulders.
- All attire should be sized to fit without exposing undergarments, buttocks, stomachs or cleavage.
- Shorts and skirts must be appropriate length—no more than 4 inches above the knee.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
The following items of clothing are specifically prohibited:
- Spaghetti straps, tank tops and halter tops
- Transparent/mesh clothing
- Make-up that makes a student unidentifiable
- Exposed undergarments
- Pajamas and house slippers
- Shirts with revealing necklines or armholes
- Shirts hanging longer than fingertips when arms fully extended or pants sagging below the waist
- Hats, caps or sunglasses worn indoors
- Gloves worn indoors
- Hair nets, bandanas, and do-rags
- Caps, athletic headbands and armbands (prohibited indoors except when the wearer is participating in a school sporting event)
- Clothing or accessories that promote drugs, alcohol or tobacco either by brand or message
- Clothing or accessories with sexually suggestive language or messages
- Clothing or accessories that promote any activity prohibited by the student code of conduct and/or law
- Clothing or accessories that could readily be used as a weapon or might otherwise injure the wearer, including items with spikes or loose hanging chains
- Attire, accessories or manners of grooming indicative of affiliation with a gang, secret society or disruptive group. This includes, but is not limited to clothing, gang-related colors or numbers, bandanas, make-up, hats, emblems, trademarks, badges, insignia, logos, belt buckles, colored shoe strings and jewelry
- Trench coats and other like jackets capable of easily concealing weapons