The Board recognizes that each student's mode of dress and grooming is a manifestation of personal style and individual preference. The Board will not interfere with the right of students and their parents to make decisions regarding their appearance except when their choices affect the educational program of the schools or the health and safety of others.
Student dress codes should support equitable educational access and ensure dress does not cause a safety issue. Student dress codes and administrative enforcement should not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, household income, or cultural observance.
Our values for student dress are:
A. All students should be able to dress comfortably for school without fear of or actual unnecessary discipline or body shaming;
B. Student dress will focus on safety;
C. Students should not face unnecessary barriers to school attendance; and
D. Reason for conflict and inconsistent discipline should be minimized whenever possible.
The Governing Board authorizes the Superintendent to develop a dress code that accomplishes the following goals:
A. Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed. One that does not present a health or safety hazard to the student or others in school;
B. Does not cause excessive wear or damage to school property;
C. Allow students to wear clothing of their choice that is comfortable;
D. Allow students to wear clothing that expresses their self-identified gender;
E. Allow students to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination;
F. Prevent students from wearing clothing with images or language including profanity, hate speech, and pornography;
G. Prevent students from wearing clothing with images or language depicting or advocating violence or the use of alcohol or drugs; and
H. Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, household income, or cultural observance.
Adopted: January 08, 2019