Student Dress Code Policy
A student may not remain at school dressed in a manner in which his/her clothing or lack of clothing (1) creates a safety hazard for said student or for other students at school, and/or, (2) when the dress constitutes a serious and unnecessary distraction to the learning process or tends to disrupt campus order. The principal at each school or the principal’s designee shall be charged with making the determination if clothing or apparel constitutes a threat to safety, campus order, or is unduly distracting therefore disrupting the educational process.
When dress is found to be in violation of this policy, the student may be required to modify his/her clothing and/ or apparel in such a manner that it no longer violates this policy. If necessary, the student may be taken or sent home to modify unacceptable dress. Refusal to take steps as directed to comply with proper dress as described in this policy shall be a cause for disciplinary action against the student.
The Superintendent shall be authorized to develop any guidelines or procedures needed to fulfill the intent of this policy.
The Administration has a responsibility to adopt rules and procedures (Educational Code, Section 85291.5) so that the school and students are free from the threats or harmful influences of any groups or gangs, which advocate substance use or disruptive behavior. The Administration, therefore, prohibits the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook, backpack, belt, trademark, graffiti, or any other attribute, which denotes membership in such a group. The school Administration’s decision regarding any attire related to the established dress guideline will prevail. School/District personnel have the responsibility of protecting the health and safety of students and maintaining proper and appropriate conditions, which promote learning.
Students shall wear appropriate clothing and footwear and groom themselves for school in a manner that does not offend the rules of decency or reflect negatively on or distract from any phase of the education program. Students are required to wear clothing/ footwear that allows the student to cover the student’s back, shoulders, chest, and stomach. (Minimum 1” straps required). Requirements of certain classes may necessitate further restrictions of dress and grooming.
Any dress which is offensive to staff may be a violation of the dress code and the student may be referred to the vice principal for corrective action.
RESOLUTION RELATING TO GANG COLORS/DISTINCTIVE DRESS
WHEREAS street gangs operating throughout Southern California have been associated with a number of instances of violence and illegal activities; and
WHEREAS many students and their parents fear that the presence of such gangs on a school campus may cause violence endangering students who may or may not be members of such gangs; and
WHEREAS jackets, bandanas, caps, and other signs and insignia of gang membership disrupt campus order by engendering fear and posing a potential for violence in the form of inter-gang warfare;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education finds the wearing of gang signs, insignia, and distinctive modes of dress to be on its face a violation of its policy on Improper Dress of Students and hereby instructs and directs such gang identification be prohibited on any and all campuses of the District.