A safe and disciplined learning environment is essential to a quality educational program. District-wide standards on student attire are intended to encourage school pride and unity, and thereby 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, to the educational process, to the environment or to the maintenance of a safe and orderly school, that presents health or safety concerns, or that contains lettering or symbols that are obscene or profane.
Any student deemed in violation of the student dress code shall be required to change into appropriate clothing or make arrangements to have appropriate clothing brought to school immediately. In this case, there shall be no further penalty.
Non-negotiable universal student dress code expectations
1. Any clothing item or accessory that causes a disruption to school safety, personal safety and/or the learning environment may result in discretionary intervention by school administrators.
2. Tattoos, clothing or accessories that display drugs, sexual innuendos, inappropriate language, alcohol, tobacco products or gang connotations are not permitted. Tattoos displaying any of these must be covered at all times.
3. No hats are permitted inside of the school building during the school day. If “hoodies” are worn, the hood may not be worn inside of the school (religious headwear exceptions).
4. Sunglasses or dark glasses, absent a verified medical condition, are not to be worn or displayed inside of the school building.
5. Trench coats are not permitted anywhere on school property.
6. Soled shoes or sandals must be worn at all times (no “bedroom” slippers or similar footwear).
7. No exposed undergarments.
8. Inappropriately sheer, tight or low-cut clothing that bares or exposes traditionally private parts of the body including, but not limited to, the stomach, buttocks, back, breasts or cleavage is not permitted.
9. No shaved or notched eyebrows (absent a verified medical condition).
10. No red or blue belts or shoelaces.
11. No team jerseys or belt buckles that display the numbers 13, 14, 18, 31, 41 or 81.
12. No solid red or solid blue shirts (other than designated school uniforms).
13. No red or blue “Dickies” or “Southpole” brand pants, shorts or shirts.
13. No red or blue bandanas or any color bandana that is draped on clothing or hanging out of a pocket.
Appropriate athletic clothing may be worn in physical education classes. Clothing normally worn when participating in school-sponsored extra curricular or sports activities (such as cheerleading uniforms and the like) may be worn to school when approved by the sponsor or coach.