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Student Dress Code   

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The Board of Trustees believes that appropriate student dress contributes to a productive learning environment. Further, students' clothing should not present a health or safety hazard which would interfere with the educational process, and students should wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate.

Basic Purpose and Principles of Student Dress Code:

The primary responsibility for a student's attire resides with the student and parents/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 and parents/guardians shall be informed about dress code 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 most important purposes include:

* Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender/gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type/size, religion, and personal style.

* Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed, such as chemistry/biology (eye or body protection), dance (bare feet, tights/leotards), or PE (athletic attire/shoes).

* Allow students to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination.

* Ensure that students have the right to dress in accordance with their gender identity.

* Prevent students from wearing clothing with offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, and pornography.

* Prevent students from wearing clothing with offensive images or language depicting or advocating violence or the use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.

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, association, or affiliation 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.

In cooperation with teachers, students and parents/guardians, the principal or designee shall establish school rules that outline appropriate student dress which are consistent with law, Board of Trustees policy and administrative regulations. These school dress codes shall be regularly reviewed.


adopted: February 21, 2019 San Mateo, California