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Student Dress, Grooming And School Uniform (Mandatory)   

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Dress and Grooming

The Board of Trustees believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a safe, healthy and 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 a health or safety hazard or a distraction which interfere with the education process.

Students and parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) shall be informed about dress and grooming standards at the beginning of the year and whenever these standards are revised. A student who violates these standards shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Gang Prevention

The principal, staff and parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) 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 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.

Uniform (Mandatory)

The Board recognizes that, in order to promote student safety and discourage theft, peer rivalry and/or gang activity, the principal, staff and parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) at a district school may wish to 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.

Implementing and Exemptions

The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures whereby parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) may choose to have their children exempted from an adopted school uniform policy. Students shall not be penalized academically, otherwise discriminated against or denied attendance to school if their parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) so decide.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that resources are identified to assist students who cannot afford to purchase uniforms.

Notwithstanding any dress code policy that may be adopted districtwide or schoolwide, students participating in a nationally recognized youth organization shall not be precluded from wearing the uniform from that organization on days on which that organization has a scheduled meeting.

Superintendent to Develop Regulation(s)

The Superintendent shall formulate such regulation(s) as necessary to implement this policy.

Legal References:


35183 Dress Codes and School Uniforms

48907 Student Exercise of Free Expression

48950 Student Free Speech Rights

49066 Effect of Physical Education


302 Pupils to be Neat and Clean on Entering School


adopted: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California