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Dress And Grooming   

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The Governing Board recognizes that a consistent dress and grooming policy is necessary in order to maintain order, promote health and safety, and contribute to a productive learning environment. The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and neatness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Students' clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or be a distraction that would interfere with the educational process. Appropriate student dress and grooming supports a more effective climate for learning by advancing a safe, secure and healthy learning environment.

The Board shall authorize school regulations which prohibit student dress or grooming practices that present a hazard to the health or safety of the student or to others in the school. Student dress and grooming shall not materially interfere with schoolwork, create disorder, or disrupt the educational program. Dress that causes excessive wear or damage to school property is prohibited. Student dress and grooming shall not prevent or impede any student from achieving educational objectives.

School Uniforms

In order to promote student health and safety, and discourage peer rivalry and/or gang activity, the principal, staff and parents/guardians at a school may establish a reasonable dress code requiring students to wear uniforms. Such a dress code may be included as part of the school safety plan and must be presented to the Board for approval. The Board shall approve the plan upon determining that it is necessary to protect and promote the health and safety of the school's students. All uniform items must be consistent with the district's current dress code policy.

If a school's plan to require uniforms is adopted, the Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures whereby parents/guardians may choose to have their children exempted from the school uniform policy. Students shall not be penalized academically, otherwise discriminated against or denied attendance to school if their parents/guardians so decide. (Education Code 35183)

Students and parents/guardians shall be informed about dress and grooming standards at the beginning of the school year and whenever these standards are revised. A student who violates these standards shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that resources are identified to assist economically disadvantaged students in obtaining uniforms.

Legal Reference:


32282 School safety plans

35183 School dress codes; uniforms

35183.5 Sun-protective clothing

48907 Student exercise of free expression

49066 Grades; effect of physical education class apparel


302 Pupils to be neat and clean on entering school


Marvin H. Jeglin et al v. San Jacinto Unified School District et al, (C.D. Cal. 1993)

827 F.Supp. 1459

Arcadia Unified School District v. California Department of Education, (1992) 2 Cal. 4th 251

Hartzell v. Connell, (1984) 35 Cal. 3d 899


adopted: July 9, 2002 Lemoore, California