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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), and SB 70 (Ch. 7, Statutes of 2011), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Antelope Valley Union High School District has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2014-15 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

Student Dress and Appearance

In recognition of the district instructional responsibilities and goals, the district hereby adopts the following regulations relative to the dress and appearance of the students:

1. Pants oversized at the waist are not allowed. These can be identified as pants that are folded in at the waist or belt line (e.g. students with a 32" waist should wear pants no larger than 32" waist.)

2. Wearing pants below the waist line (sagging) is not allowed

3. No gang-related jewelry, insignia, colors, paraphernalia, materials, apparel, clothing or attire may be worn or carried on campus or at school activities.

4. Belt buckles with any initials are prohibited.

5. Wearing an over-sized belt with one end hanging down is prohibited.

6. Excessive color identities worn in the color of red and/or purple, blue and/or green, black and/or gray, or orange (in combination with other gang attire) are prohibited.

7. No gang-related hats, baseball-type caps or other gang-related head gear may be worn on campus or at school activities. Official school cap (i.e., approved by the principal) representing the current school of residence may be worn.

8. Bandannas, red or blue belts, red or blue shoelaces, or rags that commonly signify gang identity by style or color are prohibited.

9. Clothing, jewelry, paraphernalia or material which is obscene, sexually explicit or which depicts or suggests sexually-related or obscene gestures, pictures or wording or which promotes violence, the use/abuse of drugs, tobacco or alcohol may not be worn or carried on campus or at school activities.

10. Shorts extending below the knee when worn with over-the-calf socks are prohibited. No pants can be worn with one leg up and one down.

11. No student may wear articles of clothing jewelry, paraphernalia or accessories which pose a threat to the physical and/or emotional well-being and safety of the student or others on campus or at school activities.

12. Shirts buttoned at the top and unbuttoned at the bottom are prohibited.

13. Steel-toe combat style boots are prohibited.

14. Gang or tagger-crew writing on shoes, clothes or body, backpacks or accessories are not permitted

15. Sports jerseys, other than school jerseys, will not be allowed.

16. Clothing or articles of clothing (including, but not limited to gloves, bandannas, shoestrings, wristbands, jewelry) which are likely to provoke others to acts of violence or which are likely to cause others to be intimidated by fear of violence may not be worn on campus or at any school activity.

17. The principal or principal's designee shall enforce the Student Dress and Appearance Policy.

18. For the purpose of implementing consistent school enforcement, the principal will regularly communicate to all staff examples of gang-related clothing, apparel, attire, jewelry, insignias, colors, paraphernalia and materials which are currently unacceptable. All staff members will be expected to follow appropriate school procedures to refer students suspected of violating this regulation to the principal or designee.

19. Gang-related clothing, apparel, attire, jewelry, insignias, colors, paraphernalia and materials may vary from school to school, and may change from year to year. Consequently, prior to disallowing the wearing or display of the aforementioned articles or things, the procedures outlined below shall be strictly adhered to by the principal or the principal's designee.

20. The principal will include the provisions of this regulation in the School Safety Plan per Education Code Sections 35294 and 35294.1.

Implementation Procedures

Recognizing that any gang-related clothing apparel, attire, jewelry, insignias, colors, paraphernalia and materials (e.g., sagging pants) may vary from school to school and may change from year to year, prior to disallowing the wearing or display of clothing, apparel, jewelry, accessories, materials and other items prohibited under the Student Dress and Appearance Policy, the following procedures shall be strictly adhered to:

1. At the beginning of each school year or upon enrollment, the parent/guardian of each student shall be mailed a copy of the student dress code requirements as described in AR 5132 and AR 5136.

2. The student dress code regulations and implementation procedures shall also be posted at each school site.

3. Minimum penalties for Dress Code violations involving gang-related dress shall be the same as those described for Dress Code violations in Administrative Regulation 5132.

Regulation ANTELOPE VALLEY UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: November 13, 1990 Lancaster, California

revised: November 29, 2000

revised: March 17, 2004