Student Appearance Policy
Students are expected to wear a face covering/mask to school each day. The only exemptions to the face covering/mask requirement are for students who are younger than two years of age, have trouble breathing, or are incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance. Students who have medical conditions that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering/mask may also be provided with appropriate accommodations to ensure the safety of that student and the rest of the school community. Students who do not comply with the student appearance policy are subject to disciplinary action and will be required to change into appropriate attire.
Appropriate student dress helps the school maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning not only during school hours, but also at all school functions.
Clothing and accessories that display undesirable and/or unhealthy images (such as, but not limited to, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, violence, or gang-related symbols) do not belong in a school setting. Also inappropriate are depictions of vulgar actions/language/behavior, gang signs, or sexually suggestive pictures or statements. Any obvious combinations of current gang colors will not be allowed. These policies will be strongly enforced.
A determination that a student’s dress is inappropriate will be made by the principal, assistant principal, or police liaison officer. The following guidelines are used in determining whether attire is appropriate. They include, but are not limited to:
- No bare midriffs.
- No bare or lace-up backs.
- Cover buttocks and all undergarments.
- Shoulders must be covered by at least two inches of fabric.
- Shorts should measure no less than 8 inches above the knee (5-7 inch inseam on shorts).
- Skirts must not be shorter than 6 inches above the knee.
- Tops may not be lower than an imaginary line drawn from armpit to armpit.
- No hats, hoods, or bandanas are to be worn inside the building except when entering or preparing to leave the building unless they are for religious or medical purposes.
- The dress code applies to school field trips and all school events.
For safety reasons, students should follow these guidelines:
- Footwear which is safe for indoor and outdoor physical activity should be worn at all times. (Shoes with wheels are not allowed, platform shoes and thong-style sandals are discouraged.)
- No belts, necklaces, or bracelets with spikes or chains, including chains connecting wallets to a belt.
- No pants or skirts that drag on the floor.
- No coats, jackets, or other outerwear in the classroom.
Students who do not comply with the student appearance policy are subject to disciplinary action and will be required to change into appropriate attire.
Students are permitted to wear costumes on Halloween as long as their attire complies with the above student appearance policy and the following set of expectations:
- Costumes involving fake blood are not allowed.
- Actual weapons or look-alikes weapons are not allowed.
- Masks that cover the face and head are not allowed.
- Costume make-up is allowed provided it does not cover the student’s entire face. Staff members must be able to identify students.
- Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype about someone’s culture, gender, heritage or religion are not allowed.