(BOE Policy #5511)
Students are expected to attend school and school activities in clean and appropriate attire. Dress and appearance significantly contribute to a positive learning environment. Therefore the administration reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of clothing and accessories worn by the students. In general clothing and accessories may not interfere with the learning climate, be disruptive to teaching, learning or the general operation of the school and/or activity, be deemed unsafe, contain inappropriate language or symbols, or damage the property of others. Violations of the dress code will be addressed by the school administrator and may result in suspension or the recommendation for expulsion for repeated acts of misconduct.
The following are general guidelines to be followed:
- Footwear must be worn.
- No headwear (hats, visors, sweatbands, or bandanas) is permitted.
- Shorts and skirts must be of appropriate length (must not be shorter than fingertip length when arms are naturally hanging at sides).
- No bicycle shorts or shorts made from spandex or Lycra are permitted.
- No tank tops, or shirts which expose any part of the torso except the neckline, or any shirts made of transparent material.
- No clothing may have inappropriately placed holes, tears, or patches.
- Pants must be worn properly around waist, not sagging below the hip line.
- No spiked jewelry or accessories, no pocket chains, no sunglasses are permitted.
- No clothing, accessories or body markings that are inappropriate for the school setting or which promote drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gangs, racial/ethnic slurs or violence may be worn.
- Pajamas/Nightwear may not be worn as school appropriate clothing.
- Undergarments may not be worn as outer garments.
- School officials will make judgments on student dress based upon the following criteria:
- Is it disruptive or likely to be disruptive to the teaching activity?
- Does it pose a threat to the health or safety of any individual?
- Can it be damaging to the property of others?
- Is it neat, clean, and appropriate for school and school activities?
NOTE: The administration of the school reserves the right to adjust these rules for special medical or religious circumstances and for special school sponsored activities or programs.