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The goal of a student dress code is to maintain a safe learning environment. The dress code should be established with cooperation of students, teachers, parents/guardians and administrators and consistent with law, policy and administrative regulations. The dress code must treat all student with dignity and equity. The school dress codes shall be updated regularly and should consider shifts in attire and grooming when determining what students may and may not wear.

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

The primary responsibility for a student's attire and grooming resides with the student and parents/guardians. Student attire and grooming must not interfere with the health or safety of any student, and that student attire and grooming does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student.

Student attire and grooming must permit the student to participate in learning without posing a risk to the health or safety of any student. Clothing must be suitable for all classroom activities including physical education, science labs, and other activities where unique hazards exist.

The school will ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender/ gender identification, sexual orientations, race, ethnicity, body type/size, religion, and personal style. Schools will ensure that all students shall be allowed to wear attire that is an expression of religious observance.

All students should be able to wear clothing of their choice that is comfortable for school without fear of or unnecessary discipline or body shaming.

Appropriate student attire includes:

1. Clothing that cover private areas of a student's body. Fabric should be opaque or non-see through.

2. Attire should have fabric covering front, back and sides.

3. Students must wear clothing including a combination of shirt, tank top, pants, skirt, dresses, leggings, shorts or equivalent and shoes.

4. Activity-specific shoe requirements should be worn

Each school shall allow students to wear sun-protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day. (Education Code 35183.5)

Inappropriate student attire includes:

1. Student attire or grooming depicting or advocating violence criminal activity, use of alcohol or drugs, pornography, or hate speech are prohibited.

* Clothing may not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.

* Clothing may not depict pornography, nudity or sexual acts.

* Clothing may not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected classification.

* Clothing must not pose a threat to the health or safety of any other student or staff.

2. Clothing should cover undergarments. Visible bands/straps are not a violation of the dress code.

3. Hats/Hoodies inside the classroom.

No grade of a student participating in a physical education class shall be adversely affected if the student does not wear standardized physical education apparel because of circumstances beyond the student's control. (Education Code 49066)

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

The principal, staff, students and parent/guardians at each school may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities. Examples may include but are not limited to:

* Bathing suits are allowed for activities when deemed appropriate

* Clothing for spirit days

Enforcement of Dress Code

Administrators and staff shall apply the dress code guidelines consistently and equitably. Appropriate and inappropriate clothing should be clearly conveyed to students. All students and staff should understand that they are responsible for managing their own personal "distractions" without regulating individual students' clothing/self-expression. Reasons for conflict and inconsistent discipline should be minimized whenever possible, therefore ensuring that teachers can focus on teaching rather than having the burden of enforcing a dress code.

RVSD Policy History

Initial Approval: Unknown

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

(Based on Last CSBA Update 10/96)


approved: August 28, 2018 San Anselmo, California