5132 BP - Dress and Grooming

Students    
Board Policy No. 5132 
Policy Adopted:  May 15, 2003

DRESS AND GROOMING


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’ clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction which would interfere with the educational process.

Students and parents/guardians shall be informed about dress and grooming standards 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.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

Uniforms

In order to promote a positive school environment, student safety and discourage theft, peer rivalry and/or gang activity, the principal, staff and parents/guardians at a school may 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.  The Board shall approve the plan upon determining that it is necessary to protect the health and safety of the school’s students.

If a school’s plan to require uniforms is adopted, the Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures whereby parents/guardians may choose to have their children exempted from the school uniform policy.  Students shall not be penalized academically, otherwise discriminated against or denied attendance to school if their parents/guardians so decide.  (Education Code 35183)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that resources are identified to assist economically disadvantaged students in obtaining uniforms.

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 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.


Legal Reference:
EDUCATION CODE
35183  School dress codes; uniforms
35294.1  School safety plans
48907  Student exercise of free expression
49066  Grades; effect of physical education class apparel
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
302  Pupils to be neat and clean on entering school
Hartzell v. Connell (1984) 35 Cal. 3d 899
Arcadia Unified School District v. California Department of Education, (1992) 2 Cal. 4th 251
Marvin H. Jeglin et al v. San Jacinto Unified School District et al  827 F.Supp. 1459 (C.D. Cal. 1993)

 

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