Dress Code Standards

The Governing Board believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment.  The Board expects students to wear clothes that are suitable for school activities in which they participate.  Students shall not wear clothing that presents a health or safety hazard or is likely to cause a substantial disruption to the educational program. (Board Policy 5132)

The following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:

  1. Shoes must be worn at all times.  Thongs, backless shoes or sandals are not acceptable.
  2. Clothing, jewelry, and personal items shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia which is vulgar, lewd, obscene, profane, or sexually suggestive or which promotes the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or other illegal activity.
  3. Hair styles and color shall not be disruptive to the learning environment.
  4. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments. See-through tops and bare abdomens are prohibited.
  5. Hats, caps and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors.  However, each school shall allow students to wear sun-protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day.  (Education Code 35183.5)

The dress code shall be modified as appropriate to accommodate a student's religious or cultural observance, health condition, or other circumstance deemed necessary by the principal or designee. In addition, the principal or designee may impose dress requirements to accommodate the needs of special school activities, physical education classes, athletic activities, and other extracurricular and co-curricular activities.

The principal or designee is authorized to enforce the Dress and Grooming Board Policy 5132 and shall inform any student who does not reasonably conform to the dress code.  The dress code shall not be enforced in a manner that discriminates against a particular viewpoint or results in a disproportionate application of the dress code based on students’ gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, household income, or body type or size.