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Atascadero USD |  AR  5132  Students

Dress And Grooming   

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In cooperation with teachers, students and parents guardians, the principal or designee shall establish school rules governing student dress and grooming which are consistent with District policy and regulations. These school dress codes shall be regularly reviewed.

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

The following procedures, together with the basic policy, constitute the dress code for the schools:

1. All school personnel working under the direction of the administration are responsible for providing an atmosphere on school campuses which is conducive to proper behavior, attitudes, and learning.

2. All students are expected to wear clothes that are clean, neat, properly fitted, and in good repair. Likewise, all students are expected to be clean and neat in their grooming. The Board prohibits the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook or manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark or any other attribute, denotes membership in gangs which advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior.

3. Any manner of dress or grooming which presents a potentially disruptive influence in the school is to be corrected.

4. Each school administration is to enforce suitable rules and regulations which affect the health and safety of students in all activities, both instructional and cocurricular. Each school administration shall interpret what is appropriate according to the rules set forth below.

5. Each school administration may establish more stringent rules for students participating in performing groups, sports, and other situations where students represent the school in the community. Students attending special events may be required to meet standards announced for the event.

6. Variations from the basic dress code may be established for special events.

7. The following is a list of items to be used as guidelines in the determination of acceptable dress and grooming for students.

Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing which is disruptive, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene, or which endangers the health and safety of other students is prohibited. Examples of prohibited dress or appearance include, but are not limited to:

a. Exposed undergarments

b. Excessively sagging pants

c. Excessively short or tight garments

d. Bare midriff shirts

e. Strapless shirts

f. Attire with messages or illustrations that are lewd, indecent or vulgar

g. Attire that advertises products or services that are not permitted by law to minors

h. See-through clothing

i. Attire that exposes cleavage

j. Any adornment such as chains or spikes that could reasonably be perceived as a weapon

k. And any symbol, styles or attire frequently associated with intimidation, violence or violent groups

8. The following procedures are guidelines for implementing the policy and the code:

a. Teachers, counselors, or administrators are to make a reasonable attempt to counsel students whose grooming and/or dress deviates from the dress code.

b. A student who is found to be in violation of the dress code may be sent home or may otherwise be required to properly prepare himself/herself for school.

c. If the violation continues, contact is to be made with the parents/guardians by the school representative and the parents/guardians are to be made aware of the failure of the student to conform to the rules and regulations of the school.

d. Continued violation of the dress code constitutes willful disobedience and is good cause for suspension or expulsion from school.

Gang-Related Apparel

At individual schools that have a dress code prohibiting gang-related apparel at school or school activities, the principal, staff and parents/guardians participating in the development of the school safety plan shall define "gang-related apparel" and shall limit this definition to apparel that reasonably could be determined to threaten the health and safety of the school environment if it were worn or displayed on a school campus. (Education Code 32282)

Because gang-related symbols are constantly changing, definitions of gang-related apparel shall be reviewed at least once each semester and updated whenever related information is received.


approved: May 2, 2002 Atascadero, California

revised: May 28, 2003