Governing Board Policies
Section J - Students
Policy Title: Student Dress
Policy Code: JICA
Lead Department: Academic Excellence
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The Board recognizes its obligation to provide schools in
which the health, safety, and welfare of the students who
attend those schools are given paramount consideration, and
where a positive learning environment must be maintained.
The Board is aware of its obligations to make every effort
to minimize the opportunities for student distraction and/or
disruption in the schools under its jurisdiction.
The Governing Board specifies the standards of dress and
grooming that promote a safe school setting conducive to a
positive learning environment. This policy provides school
administrators, teachers, and parents with clear expectations
regarding acceptable and appropriate apparel and appearance
so that rules of dress and discipline can be enforced consistently.
The Governing Board also establishes rules for the adoption
of school uniforms at the school level.
- Dress Code -- Set of parameters determined by the Governing
Board that describes acceptable and unacceptable student
apparel to ensure the health and safety of all students
and create a learning environment.
- Uniform/standardized dress code -- Distinctive clothing
styles and/or specific colors worn by students as a means
of identifying them as members of the school community.
Determined by the local school site.
- Gang symbols -- Any article of clothing, badge, sign,
lettering, hairdo, jewelry, emblem, symbol or other personal
display or adornment, which is intended by the student or
is recognized or acknowledged by students or Gang Task Force
to designate a gang symbol or to signify affiliation with,
participation in or approval of a gang. The administrator
will maintain a current list of recognized gang apparel
and symbols that are prohibited and submit it to school
School Dress Code (required at every school)
The Board expects the principal, teacher, parent, and student
to collaborate in emphasizing students come to school dressed
The general guide to acceptable school dress is neatness,
cleanliness and appropriateness. There is a connection between
the way a student is dressed and his/her behavior in school.
While the school cannot and does not dictate styles, it is
expected that students will abide by the following rules demonstrating
appropriateness in dress as though this were their daily place
- Shoes are required to be worn in school.
- No hats or caps may be worn in the confines of a building
unless a documented health or religion issue or problem
- Hats and sunglasses may be worn while outside in the
sun for an extended period of time for protection from the
- A principal in collaboration with school safety may institute
stricter requirements at a high school experiencing safety
- No bandannas may be worn.
- Dark glasses may not be worn inside buildings unless
a documented health problem exists.
- No gang related apparel or items are allowed.
- Students may not wear any clothing and/or accessories
in school buildings or on school grounds that are:
- Hazardous, damaging, or presenting danger to school
property or persons including but not limited to: extended
belts (belts should fit proper length), choke chains,
dog collars, wallet chains or any type of spiked apparel
- Depicting and/or promoting and/or endorsing illegal
or violent activities, illegal drugs, tobacco or alcohol;
- Vulgar, obscene, indecent, libelous, or degrading
of others on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry,
national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability;
- Distracting so as to interfere with the teaching
or learning process such as extremely revealing garments
including but not limited to short shorts, short skirts,
short dresses (must cover buttocks while standing and
sitting), tube tops, net tops, swimsuits, strapless
tops, spaghetti strap tops, halter tops, muscle shirts,
basketball shirts without an accompanying T-shirt, no
tights or leggings to be worn as pants, garments with
plunging necklines, transparent and see through garments,
(midsections must be covered and undergarments shall
be completely covered with outer clothing).
Compliance for Dress Code
Students who violate the District's dress standards
may be asked to do any of the following depending upon the
- Turn inappropriate clothing inside out.
- Change into clothing that may be provided by the school.
- Change into other clothing which has been brought to
- Remove the jewelry or other accessory.
Uniforms/Standardized Dress Code (optional)
- If interest has been generated, the School Council will
develop a plan to explore the issues with all stakeholder
groups to determine if there is sufficient preliminary support
in the community for Uniform/Standardized Dress Code.
- If a decision is made to move forward, the School Council
will gather broad public comments. (Examples - community
forums, presentations, PTA meetings, panel discussions)
This must include at least one public hearing.
- After reviewing the public comment, the School Council
will determine through shared governance whether or not
to put the uniform policy to a vote of the school community.
- The School Council will come to consensus regarding the
development of the School Uniform/Standardized Dress Code
to include the following elements:
- Description of clothing: A description of clothing
allowed and clothing prohibited beyond the District
Policy, i.e., colors, logos, and styles will be articulated.
This must be written in gender neutral language.
- Protection of students' religious expression: A school
uniform policy must accommodate students whose religious
beliefs are substantially affected by a uniform requirement.
Schools may not prohibit the wearing of religious attire.
- Accommodations of students' disabilities or medical
conditions: A school uniform policy must reasonably
accommodate a student's disability or medical condition.
- Students of limited means: Uniforms/standardized
dress codes adopted at individual school sites shall
be generic enough to avoid financial hardship on families.
Assistance must be provided for families who cannot
afford the school uniform.
- Exemptions: Uniforms/Standardized Dress code policies
shall include a provision that would allow the principal,
at any time, to exempt a student from wearing a uniform
at school, if requested in writing by the student's
parent or guardian because of extenuating circumstances.
Extenuating circumstances are limited to the student's
viability/medical condition or religious beliefs that
are substantially affected by a uniform requirement.
- Required Procedures for voting on a School Uniform/Standardized
- The School Council will determine and monitor the
procedures for voting, including options for increasing
- Ballots must be provided to 100% of the parents or
guardians of students who will be subject to the proposed
- Voting is limited to one vote per each student's parent/guardian,
and the votes received must be equal to or greater than
a majority of the school student population. (50% or
- Tally the vote and publicize the outcome.
- Recommendation to the Governing Board for approval.
- Must have received an 80% or greater favorable response
from total votes received.
- Following approval, the School Council shall develop
an implementation plan allowing at least a two-month notice
to families before the new dress code will be implemented
and stated how it will be enforced.
Compliance for Uniform/Standardized Dress Code
If a student chooses not to comply with the school's
uniform/standardized dress code
- the administrator or counselor will hold a conference
with the parent/guardian to solicit parental cooperation
- the administrator and parent may negotiate for the student
to attend another school without a uniform/standardized
Students who have received exemption to the Uniform Dress
Code due to religious expression, or accommodations for disabilities
or medical conditions will not be subject to any discipline.
Discontinuance or Modification of Uniform/Standardized
- A petition signed by parents or guardians of 21% of the
schools' students shall require a vote regarding discontinuance
or modification of the Uniform/Standardized Dress Code.
- The School Council may initiate reconsideration of the
established or modification to the uniform code by following
the process for developing the Uniform/Standardized Dress
Code. This needs to include solicitation of public comment
- Discontinuance or modification of Uniform/Standardized
Dress Code must have greater than 50% favorable response
from each student's parents/guardians.
Adopted: October 12, 2004
Revision: July 12, 2005
Revision: December 13, 2005
Revised: December 5, 2012 [Cross Reference Correction Only]
Reviewed: April 3, 2013
LEGAL REF.: A.R.S. 15-342 Powers and Duties of Boards
CROSS REF.:JB – Equal Educational Opportunities and Anti-Harassment
JICFB – Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment
Replaces TUSD Policy # 5340 Students' Dress