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Ross Valley SD |  BP  5132  Students

Dress And Grooming   

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The Board of Trustees believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The Board of Trustees expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate.

The primary responsibility for a student's attire resides with the student and parents or guardians. The school district and individual schools are responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, and that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student.

Students should be given choice in how they dress for school. Any restrictions must be necessary to support the overall educational goals of the school and must be explained within the Administrative Regulation.

A student's attire or grooming should not be grounds for exclusion from participation in school classes or programs or in school-related activities unless the attire or grooming of a student poses a threat to the health or safety hazard or a distraction which would interfere with the educational process.

(cf. 4119.22/4219.22/4319.22 - Dress and Grooming)

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

Gang-Related Apparel

Attire or grooming depicting or advocating violence, criminal activity, use of alcohol or drugs, pornography, or hate speech are prohibited. The dress code prohibits students from wearing gang-related apparel that disrupts or threatens to disrupt the school's activities. This may be included as part of the school safety plan. The Board of Trustees 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)

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.

School-directed changes to a student's attire or grooming should be the least restrictive and disruptive to the student's school day. Any school dress code enforcement actions should minimize the potential loss of educational time.

Administration and enforcement of the dress code shall ensure equitable educational access and should be gender neutral and not reinforce gender stereotypes. Enforcement of the dress code shall not reinforce or increase marginalization of any group based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, household income, gender identity or cultural observance.

(cf.5145.3- Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

A student who violates these standards shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

Staff Training

The dress code is most effective when school administrators and teachers are trained to understand and embrace the intent of the code, how to apply and enforce the code equitably, and how to talk about the dress code and the reasoning behind it.

School administrators and teachers will receive training to understand the purpose/spirit of the code, the actual code, and how to enforce with the least impact on student learning and self-confidence.

School administrators and teachers must enforce the district dress code consistently.

School staff should be trained and able to use student/body-positive language to explain the code and to address code violations.

(cf. 4131- Staff Development)

Gang-Related Apparel

The principal, staff and parents/guardians at a school may 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 Superintendent or Designee for approval. The Board of Trustees 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)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35183 School dress codes; uniforms

32281 School safety plans

48907 Student exercise of free expression

49066 Grades; effect of physical education class apparel

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

302 Pupils to be neat and clean on entering school

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

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

Marvin H. Jeglin et al v. San Jacinto Unified School District et al 827 F.Supp. 1459 (C.D. Cal. 1993)

RVSD Policy History

Initial Approval: Unknown

Revisions/Updates: 1/09; 3/12; 8/18

(Based on Last CSBA Update 10/96)

Policy ROSS VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: August 28, 2018 San Anselmo, California