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Campbell Union ESD |  BP  4219.22  Personnel

Dress And Grooming   

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The Governing Board believes that appropriate dress and grooming by district employees contribute to a productive learning environment and model positive behavior. During school hours and at school activities, employees shall maintain professional standards of dress and grooming that demonstrate their high regard for education, present an image consistent with their job responsibilities and assignment, and not endanger the health or safety of self, other employees or students. All employees shall be held to this expectation the same standard unless their assignment provides for modified dress/uniform as required/approved by their supervisor.

Dress Code Policy

1. Employees are expected to dress in casual, business casual, smart casual, business attire unless the day's tasks require otherwise.

2. Employees must always present a clean, professional appearance. Everyone is expected to be well-groomed and wear clean clothing, free of holes, tears, or other signs of wear.

3. Clothing with offensive or inappropriate designs or stamps are not allowed.

4. Clothing should not be too revealing.

5. Clothing and grooming styles dictated by religion or ethnicity are exempt.

Dress Code Violations

1. Managers or supervisor are expected to inform employees when they are violating the dress code.

2. Employees in violation are expected to immediately correct the issue. This may include having to leave work to change clothes.

3. Repeated violations or violations that have major repercussions may result in disciplinary action being taken up to and including termination.

(cf. 0415 - Equity)

(cf. 4118 - Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 4119.21/4219.21/4319/21 - Professional Standards)

(cf. 4119.25/4219.25/4319.25 - Political Activities of Employees)

(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

The district shall allow employees to appear and dress in a manner consistent with their gender identity or gender expression. (Government Code 12949)

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 4030 - Nondiscrimination in Employment)

(cf. 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11 - Sexual Harassment)

The district shall not discriminate against employees based on hair texture and protective hairstyles, including, but not limited to, braids, locks, and twists. (Government Code 12926)

The district shall not dismiss an employee, discriminate against an employee in compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, or refuse to hire a job applicant on the basis of religious dress or grooming practices. (Government Code 12926, 12940)

This policy shall be presented to employees upon employment, through the employee handbook or other appropriate means, and may be periodically reviewed with all employees as necessary.

Legal Reference:


35160 Authority of governing boards

35160.1 Broad authority of school districts


3543.2 Scope of representation

12926 Definitions

12940 Unfair employment practices

12949 Dress standards, consistency with gender identity


San Mateo City School District v. PERB (1983) 33 Cal. 3d 850

Domico v. Rapides Parish School Board (5th Cir. 1982) 675 F.2d 100

East Hartford Education Assn. v. Board of Education (2d Cir. 1977) 562 F. 2d 838

Finot v. Pasadena Board of Education (1967) 250 Cal.App.2d 189


Santa Ana Unified School District (1998) 22 PERC P29, 136

Inglewood Unified School District (1985) 10 PERC P17, 000

Management Resources:


Transgender Rights in the Workplace


California Department of Fair Employment and Housing:

Public Employment Relations Board:


adopted: December 10, 2009 Campbell, California

revised: August 15, 2019

revised: January 9, 2020