There is a close relationship between high standards of dignity and pride and proper grooming. Personal appearance is important. The student and parents share in the responsibility for proper grooming of the student. The District’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, instill discipline, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards, and teaches respect for authority. Students should be dressed and groomed in a manner that is clean and neat and that will not be a health or safety hazard to themselves or others. Modesty will be the dominant feature in all clothing. Behavior, attitude and community standards take precedence over individual clothing and hairstyle. While the enforcement of the student dress code rests with the principal, teachers and other staff should be familiar with the dress code and be cognizant of student dress and grooming, referring violations to the principal. The campus principal is the final authority concerning propriety of clothes, hairstyle, and jewelry.
The following dress code will be enforced:
· Pants/Jeans/Shorts must be appropriately sized, fitting in the waist, crotch, and leg; not baggy, oversized or excessively tight. No holes, rips or tears exposing under garments or skin more than 3 inches above the knee.
· Shirts will be short or long sleeve in grades 4 – 12. The standard to be used to determine if a shirt is sleeveless or not will be: 3 visible seams (neck, shoulder and hem)
· Shirts must be appropriately sized in the shoulders, sleeves, and length; not baggy or excessively tight in grades 4-12
· The shirt/top must cover the midriff at all times (e.g., standing, sitting, stretching and bending)
· Exposure of breast cleavage and/or midriff is prohibited
· The shirt/top cannot be oversized/undersized and may not extend below the natural crotch on boys and girls
The following will not be permitted:
·Muscle shirts (includes undershirts)
·Garments with spaghetti straps
· Shorts are permitted in grades Pre K – 3
· In grades 4-12, shorts are allowed as follows:
· No shorter than 3 inches above the top of the knee
· May not be oversized, wide-legged, full thigh or wind shorts
· Dress and skirt length must be no shorter than 3 inches above the top of the kneecap
· Dress and skirt slit must not exceed 3 inches above the top of the kneecap
· Leggings or tights are prohibited, except when worn under shorts or skirts, which must meet the dress code requirements
· Shoes must be worn at all times
· No house shoes or slippers
· No shoes with wheels
· Neatly trimmed facial hair is permitted.
· Must wear hair in such a way that it does not obstruct the view of the eyes
· Must wear or groom hair in such a way that the style is not distracting to the school environment
· Clothing items must be free of pictures, emblems and/or writings that are lewd or obscene
· Clothing items must not advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, violence, vulgarity, gang symbolism, sexual symbolism and/or substance prohibited under policy FNCF (LOCAL)
· Clothing items or style may not be construed as gang related or indicative of gang identification, including bandannas
· No trench coats or dusters
· Attire must be gender appropriate
· All clothing and grooming should conform to standards that may not, in the principal’s opinion, cause disruption of or interference with normal school operations or safety.
The Following Will Not Be Permitted:
· Bicycling or spandex shorts/pants
· Tight fitting dresses or skirts
· See “through” or see “in” garments
· Any clothing that reveals skin or undergarments
· Bathing Suits
· Torn, ripped or cut-off clothing
· Any visible belt chain that may (or may not) be attached to a pocket item
· Headgear will not be worn or carried during school hours in any building or gymnasium to include hats caps, bandanas, sweatbands, ear muffs, toboggans, kerchiefs, wraps, scarves, turbans, nets. Etc.
· Sunglasses will not be worn during school hours
· Obvious pajamas or sleep wear
· Chains or jewelry that have the potential to be used as a weapon (Examples; heavy neck chains, double or triple rings, wallet chains, chain belts, safety pins, etc.)
· Leather collars or collars intended for use on animals may not be worn on school property
· Gloves on hands
· Decorative facial art
· Shoes with pop out rollers
· Writing or drawing on the skin is prohibited.
The principal, in cooperation with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity, may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity. Students who violate these standards may be removed or excluded from the activity for a period determined by the principal or sponsor and may be subject to other disciplinary action. [See FNCA(LOCAL)] A sponsor, coach, or other person in charge, with the principal’s approval, may establish dress standards for students who participate in these activities.
The dress and grooming code may be modified with administrative consent to accommodate extracurricular activities and special events.
If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the student will be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day, until the problem is corrected, or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.