Dress code standards foster a safe, healthy, and positive climate that promotes constructive discipline, maintains order, and supports the teaching and learning process.
Elementary Students: Elementary school students wear a unified dress code. Each school will provide a description of their unified dress code.
Dress and Grooming Expectations for All Students
- Pants are to be worn above the hip bone, with no visible undergarments, and present no safety hazards.
- Dress and grooming practices will not interfere with school work, create disorder, disrupt the educational program, or prevent the student from achieving educational objectives.
- Hair and clothing must not block vision or restrict movement.
- Clothing will contain no inappropriate sayings, themes, or advertisements such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or gang-related symbols.
- Clothing will fit appropriately and include no oversized, undersized, or tight garments.
- Apparel will contain no sheer, net, mesh, or sleepwear items. Shirts will cover the person from the shoulders to the waist at all times, with no revealed midriff or cleavage.
- Shorts, skorts, and skirts are to extend beyond finger-length or mid-thigh, whichever measurement is longer.
- Apparel will not contain hoods, headphones*, ear buds*, hair picks, combs, ‘do rags, stocking caps, bandanas, scarves, towels, and other headgear.
- Hats and sunglasses may be worn for P.E. activities, recess, or other specific circumstances when authorized by the Principal.
- Jewelry, accessories, or extended fingernails that could be deemed unsafe are not permitted.
- Dog-type collars, chains, and spikes are not allowed.
- Trench coats are prohibited.
- Dress practices must not be indecent, vulgar, or disruptive to an orderly learning environment.
- Certain courses may require a specific dress code.
Note: The Principal has the final authority to determine when personal appearance does not meet expectations.
*Unless otherwise approved for instructional purposes.
State statute authorizes the school board to establish dress code requirements. All elementary schools will adhere to a unified dress code established by the school board and superintendent. For middle and high schools, the school board requires the School Advisory Council (SAC) to decide whether a unified or restrictive dress code is necessary for the safety and welfare of the student body and school personnel. When the SAC determines that a unified or restrictive dress code is necessary, the proposition shall be submitted to a vote of the families of students at such school, pursuant to a procedure established by the superintendent. If the proposition is approved by persons eligible to vote, and passes with a written vote of at least fifty percent + 1 (majority vote) in favor of the proposition, then the requirement for a unified or restrictive dress code shall be established and enforced at that school.