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Dress And Grooming   

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The Board of Education believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Students' clothing must not present health or safety hazard or a distraction which would interfere with the educational process.

(cf. 4119.22 - Dress and Grooming )

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression: Publications Code)

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 theses standards shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

Gang-Related Apparel

The principal, staff, and parents/guardians at establish a reasonable dress code that prohibits students from wearing gang-related apparel when there is evidence of a gang presence that disrupts or threatens to disrupt the school's activities. 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 the health and safety of the school's students.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

Uniforms or Common Student Dress

The Board recognizes that in order to promote a productive learning environment, the principal, staff, and parents/guardians within a district school may elect to establish a reasonable school dress code requiring students to wear uniforms or common student dress (CSD).

The Board shall approve either a uniform or common student dress code when it determines that such a code promotes the academic focus of a school's students.

The Superintendent or designee shall establish the procedures whereby parent/guardians may elect to have their children exempted from an adopted school uniform or common student dress policy. The CSD exemption process shall include a designated deadline for parent/guardians to complete and submit a CSD Waiver Exemption form for that year. Students shall not be penalized academically, or otherwise discriminated against or denied attendance to school, if their parents/guardians do decide to request an exemption waiver.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that resources and criteria are identified for student assistance in purchasing uniforms/common student dress.

The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures whereby common student dress code may be evaluated to determine whether common student dress should continue, be rescinded, or modified.

Legal Reference:


32281 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: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California

amended: May 24, 2011