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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 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 have the right to make individual choices from a wide range of clothing and grooming styles, but they must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction which would interfere with the educational process as determined by the school site administration. The intent of this policy is not to prohibit or interfere with the free expression rights of students on the basis on content or viewpoint, or to interfere with a student's right to wear buttons, badges or other insignia pursuant to Education Code 48907, but to create a violence-free, effective, and focused learning environment.

(cf. 4119.22 - Dress and Grooming (staff))

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

When gangs constitute a danger to students, the Superintendent or designee may restrict student dress and grooming as necessary to comply with Board policy related to gang activity.

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. AGang-related apparel@ is defined and limited to apparel which can reasonably be determined to threaten the health and safety of the school environment if worn or displayed on a school campus. 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. 5136 - Gangs)

Students and parents/guardians shall be informed about the school dress expectations at the beginning of the year and when revised. A student who violates these standards shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

(cf. 0420 - School-Based Management/Site Councils)

(cf. 5144 - Student Discipline)

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: February 9, 1993 Larkspur, California

revised: June 11, 1996

revised: June 8, 2004