The Board recognizes that, within certain limits, each student's mode of dress and grooming is a manifestation of personal style and individual preference.  The Board will not interfere with the ability of students and their parents to make decisions regarding their appearance except when their choices affect the educational program of the schools or the health and safety of others.

The Board supports the concept of a school uniform or dress wear code.  However, the Board requires extensive input from parents and staff members prior to any such code becoming a requirement.  Any school interested in exploring a uniform or dress wear code will follow the procedures established by regulation for such purpose.

District personnel have the responsibility of protecting the health and safety of pupils and maintaining proper and appropriate conditions conducive to learning.  The purpose of the student dress code is to encourage students to "dress for success" and come to school properly prepared for participating in the educational process.

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to enforce school regulations prohibiting student dress or grooming practices that:

●  Present a hazard to the health or safety of the student or to others in the school.

●  Materially interfere with school work, create disorder, or disrupt the educational program.

●  Cause excessive wear or damage to school property.

●  Prevent the student from achieving his educational objectives.

A safety dress code as prescribed for shop, home economics, physical education, and chemistry classes shall be followed.  Footwear must be worn at all times.

Obscene language or symbols, drug and/or alcohol symbols, or satanic symbols on clothing are expressly prohibited.

Any student wearing or carrying gang, satanic, drug, or alcohol paraphernalia or symbols, or making gestures that symbolize gang membership, shall be referred to the principal or designee.  The student's parent/guardian shall be contacted, and the student shall be sent home to change clothes if necessary.  Gang-related clothing may vary from school to school, and may change from year to year.  Consequently, prior to disallowing the wearing or display of the aforementioned clothing, the procedures outlined above will be utilized.

The Superintendent shall develop procedures to implement this policy.

Adopted:  date of Manual adoption


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