K-12 Student Dress and Appearance Procedures
K-12 STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE PROCEDURES
The principal and/or principal's designee shall have the authority to implement the student dress and appearance policy in a manner that is age and developmentally appropriate. Reasonable consideration shall be made for those students who, because of a sincerely held religious belief or medical reason, request a waiver of a particular guideline for dress or appearance. The waiver request shall be in writing from the parent or guardian and approved by the principal and/or principal's designee on an annual basis.
Reasonable accommodation shall be made by the principal for students involved in special duties, activities, or projects approved by the school. This would include but not be limited to athletics, vocational classes and projects, P.E. classes, special events, and other activities that require nonconforming dress on a school campus during a school-sponsored event. Good judgment in considering issues such as age, developmental stages, and body type are expected of all students, parents, and guardians in the selection of school attire and appearance. The manner of student dress shall be neat, clean and properly fitted.
Dress and Appearance Guidelines
The specifics below are not intended to be all-inclusive, but shall apply as basic guidelines for all students.
1. Shorts, skirts, dresses and other clothing shall be of sufficient length. The length of these articles of clothing shall be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee when standing.
2. Shirts, tops, and dresses shall cover the top of the shoulder and shall not gap below the armpit, or they shall be worn with a covering top or jacket that has sleeves. No tank tops, spaghetti straps, halter tops and the like shall be worn.
3. Shirts and tops shall be completely tucked in.
4. Shirts, tops, and dresses shall cover the chest and back. Clothing must be worn as designed (not inside out or backwards, no rolled up pant legs or unfastened bib overalls, etc) and belts must be buckled.
5. Pants shall not be worn with the waistband below the hipbone
. Clothing must not be super-sized or undersized.
6. Undergarments shall not be visible at anytime.
7. No see-through or mesh clothing that will reveal the body or will reveal undergarments shall be allowed.
8. Any symbols, styles or attire frequently associated with intimidation, violence or violent groups about which students at a particular school have been notified.
9. No adornment that reasonably could be perceived as, or used as, a weapon shall be allowed (such as chains, spikes, etc.). No facial jewelry except earrings worn on the ear shall be allowed.
10. No armbands, buttons or symbols shall be allowed if school officials determine that the wearing of such is reasonably likely to lead to substantial disruption based on prior incidents.
11. No headwear
(such as hats, caps, hoods, kerchiefs, curlers, picks, combs, do-rags, sweatbands, etc.) and no sunglasses shall be worn inside school. No bandanas will be allowed.
12. No clothing, appearance or symbols shall be allowed that promotes alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or the use of controlled substances; depicts violence, profanity, vulgarity, or obscenity; is of a sexual nature; or is otherwise of a disruptive nature.
13. Shoes shall be worn at all times, and, as needed, shoes shall conform to special requirements (such as P.E. classes, ROTC, science labs, etc.). Shoes that have laces shall be laced and tied. No bedroom shoes shall be allowed.
14. Clothing designed for school athletic events (i.e. cheerleader outfits, etc.) that does not meet the above guidelines shall not be worn during the instructional day unless appropriate additional garments are worn with the outfit to comply with the dress code.
With the consent of the superintendent, principals may include additional examples of prohibited attire consistent with this philosophy after providing written notice to students.