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Elementary Dress Code

Dress and Grooming (All Grade Levels)


It is a recognized standard in this district that cleanliness, personal appearance, and proper

dress are important in setting the pattern of school and social conduct. It is the belief held in

this district that there is a direct correlation between student appearance and achievement.

The student dress code is established to teach responsibility in good grooming and hygiene,

instill discipline, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards, and to teach respect for authority.

Students and parents may determine a student's personal dress and grooming standards,

provided that they comply with the standards below. School administrators, faculty, and staff

will be responsible for enforcing the student dress code according to the following standards:



While it is inevitable that there will be differences of opinion as to the appropriateness of dress, grooming, and/or determining whether or not a student’s attire is disruptive or distracting to the educational environment of the school, the final determination will be made by the campus administration. 

  1. Students are not allowed to wear clothing that advertises tobacco, alcohol, drugs, violence, cult related material and/or is sexually suggestive or demeaning to humans. This includes all gang-related/suggested attire including bandanas.


  1. Dresses (for girls), pants, and walking shorts may be worn and shall be no higher than 2 1/2 inches (approximately width of a dollar bill) above the knee (when standing or bending) and present a modest appearance. Roll-up, athletic, yoga, bicycle or other similar tight-fitting shorts/pants are prohibited from being worn. Pants and shorts are to be worn in an appropriate manner. The waistband on pants shall be worn at the natural waistline (above the hips). Excessively baggy pants or shorts may not be worn. Clothing that is punctured, ripped, torn or shredded that results in the exposure of skin 2.5 inches above the knee or undergarments is prohibited. Cutoff shorts must be hemmed and not frayed. (ELEMENTARY ONLY: When students wear skirts, dresses, or jumpers, they are expected to be at least finger tip in length when the student is standing.  Students are to wear shorts under dresses and skirts.)


  1. Shirts/Blouses and tops that show the midriff are not permitted. Any tops that show the midriff when hands are fully extended straight up in the air will be considered too short and will not be allowed. Clothing considered extremely tight and/or revealing may not be worn. The armhole size on shirts and blouses shall be appropriate and not revealing. Students are expected to wear clothing that is non-transparent.  Students are expected to wear a shirt with sleeves or a sleeveless shirt that comes to the edge of the shoulder. (Spaghetti straps and razor back shirts are not allowed unless covered at all times.)  Tank tops, muscle shirts, and crop tops may only be worn if accompanied by a separate fully covering top worn underneath. Bare backs, bare shoulders or midriffs are not permitted.  Shirts of the undergarment type may be worn as an outer garment only during Physical Education/Athletic periods. All button type shirts will be buttoned at all times.  Shirts which have been punctured, torn, shredded, written on or which as a result of wear and tear have been rendered unkempt in appearance are prohibited.  Appropriate undergarments must be worn.


  1. Piercings/Tattoos: Girls are only allowed to wear earrings in the lower part of the ear lobe. Boys are not allowed to wear earrings or other piercings, including band aids to cover piercings. Distracting neck chains, nose studs, nose rings or other body-piercing objects are not allowed. Wallet chains over 6” long are prohibited.  Tattoos are not allowed.  If a student has a tattoo, it must be covered at all times.


  1. Footwear: Appropriate footwear must be worn on campus at all times. (Bedroom slippers, house shoes, shoes with rollers or skating inserts, shoes with cleats, are examples of inappropriate footwear. Shoes appropriate for PE activities are advised.  We discourage students from wearing flip-flops/slides as these types of shoes can pose a hazard on the playground.


  1. Hats/caps, beanies, hoodies and sunglasses may not be worn inside buildings.


  1. Hair / Facial Hair:
    For male and female students:
    • Hair shall be clean, groomed and of a color that is natural to humans. Hair that is dyed/colored in a manner of color that is unnatural (green, blue, etc.) or is styled in a radically different manner, is prohibited.
    • Symbols, designs, letters and/or numbers may not be cut or shaved into the hair.
    • Hair may not extend over the top of the eyebrow, hang over the face and eyes or be distracting to others or self.                            For Male Students:                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hair shall not extend beyond the ear opening on the sides nor beyond the top of a dress shirt collar in the back.
    • No “tails” of any kind will be allowed.
    • Beards and mustaches are not allowed; must be clean-shaven.
    • Sideburns shall be no longer than the bottom of the ear and no wider than 1 inch.


  1. Any apparel/dress/appearance considered by the school administration to be disruptive, inappropriate or gang related is prohibited. 


  1. Extracurricular Activities: The principal, in cooperation with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity, may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity. Students who violate dress and grooming standards established for such an activity may be removed or excluded from the activity for a period determined by the principal or sponsor, and may be subject to other disciplinary action, as specified in the Student code of Conduct.


Repeated dress code offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action. Appropriate

discipline procedures shall be followed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress

code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not

corrected, the student may be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day,

until the problem is corrected, or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of

clothing to the school. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in

accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.