Board Policy No. 2105
CLOVIS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
STUDENT SERVICES RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Rights & Responsibility
DRESS & GROOMING
PURPOSE: To define student dress and grooming requirements.
Consistent dress and grooming policy is necessary in order to maintain order, provide a safe
school environment and promote discipline. Dress or grooming that draw undue attention detract
from the educational process and is therefore unacceptable.
The Board shall authorize school regulations which prohibit student dress or grooming practices
1. present a hazard to the health or safety of the student or to others in the school;
2. materially interfere with school work, create disorder, or disrupt the educational program;
3. cause excessive wear or damage to school property; or
4. prevent the student from achieving educational objectives because of blocked vision or
Regulations regarding the dress code will be reviewed each May by students, faculty, parents and
administration with a revised version submitted to the Board for approval for use during the next
Student violations of these regulations are termed willful defiance of the valid authority of the
school principal, and the Board directs that the principal may administer any appropriate
disciplinary action to include suspension.
The Governing Board authorizes any school site to implement a uniform dress policy provided
there is demonstrated parental support. Students and parents shall have a free choice of
participating in the school’s uniform policy or choosing not to participate. Parents who choose to
not have their student(s) participate will need to sign a form opting out of the uniform dress
policy. All uniform items must be consistent with the District’s current dress code policy.
These regulations specify standards of dress and grooming promoting a safe school setting conducive to a positive learning environment consistent with the Board’s policy governing acceptable and appropriate apparel and appearance for students.
All clothing shall be neat, clean and acceptable in repair and appearance and shall be worn within the bounds of decency and good taste as appropriate for school.
Articles of clothing which display gang symbols, profanity or products or slogans which promoting tobacco, alcohol, drugs or sex; materially interfere with school work; create disorder or disrupt the educational process are not allowed.
Any clothing or apparel that a student or group of students wear to identify themselves for the purpose of harassing, threatening, or intimidating others will not be allowed. Military, paramilitary, or camouflage attire will not be permitted.
Extreme fashion that draws undue attention to the student will not be allowed. This includes exotic clothing, exotic jewelry, exotic make-up, body piercing, etc.
Jackets and other apparel depicting professional sports teams shall not be worn. Jackets or other apparel depicting college or university teams are acceptable unless such team designations are associated with gangs or otherwise conflict with the standards for acceptable apparel.
Underwear-type sleeveless shirts, athletic tank tops, beach wear, swim wear, halter-tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps, bare midriffs or chests, see-through or fishnet outfits, or off the shoulder and low-cut tops are not appropriate or acceptable.
Dresses and skirts are to be worn no shorter than five inches (5”) above the top of the kneecap, but no shorter than mid-thigh. Clothing that exposes bare midriffs or cleavages is prohibited. Shoulder straps on tops and other clothing must be a minimum of two inches (2”) wide.
Shorts are to be worn no shorter than five inches (5”) above the top of the kneecap, but no shorter than mid-thigh. Shorts are to be hemmed and not form fitting. Bike shorts (spandex) gym shorts, frayed shorts, or shorts with holes are unacceptable. Athletic shorts with pockets are permissible. Shorts worn during Physical Education may not be worn during regular class time at secondary sites. Straps must be fastened at all times.
Leggings will be allowed if over garment is no shorter than five inches (5”) above the top of the kneecap, but no shorter than mid-thigh.
Shoes must be worn by all students. No hard-toed or steel-toed shoes/boots will be allowed. No high top, laced up, combat, or military style boots will be allowed. Shoes, or sandals without heel straps that do not present a safety concern may be worn by students in grades 7 through 12, except during physical education classes, recess, while participating in school-related athletic competitions, events or activities, or while participating in other activities where safety is a concern. Backless shoes commonly known as “flip-flops,” “beach shoes,” “soccer sandals,” “zories” and/or thongs are inappropriate and will not be allowed. For safety reasons, students in grades pre-school through 6 are not allowed to wear flip-flops, shoes or sandals without a heel strap. See Exhibit No. 2105 (2).
Excessively baggy pants are not allowed. Pants cannot exceed five inches (5”) when measured at the kneecap of the straightened leg. Pants must fit and be worn at the natural waist. The bottom of the pant leg may not be frayed or drag on the ground. Pants must be hemmed and not stapled, pinned, or taped.
No slippers will be allowed.
Excessively baggy pants, including sweatpants, are not allowed. Pants cannot exceed five inches (5”) when measured at the kneecap of the straightened leg. Pants must fit and be worn at the natural waist. The bottom of the pant leg may not be frayed or drag on the ground. Pants must be hemmed and not stapled, pinned, or taped.
Sleepwear is not permissible.
Oversized shirts that present a safety concern or reflect gang style are not acceptable.
Hats and/or caps and/or sunglasses must be removed in the classrooms or offices. Specific clothing and hats determined by the school district or school site to be gang-related or inappropriate apparel are not acceptable. Rules relative to college, university, and professional team apparel apply to hats, caps and other types of head coverings. Articles of sun-protective clothing, including, but not limited to, hats and sunglasses, may be used outdoors. Subject to these provisions, sun-protective clothing, headwear, other than caps or hats, will not be allowed at school. School sites may add other restrictions on the type of hats to be worn.
No frayed clothing is acceptable (manufactured or otherwise).
Clothing, jewelry and personal items shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane, or sexually suggestive; shall not bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions or likenesses; shall not promote violence, illegal activity, or relate to gang affiliation or activity; and shall not advocate racial, religious, or sexual orientation prejudice.
Clothes shall be worn as intended and be sufficient to conceal undergarments, which shall be worn and covered at all times.
Pro logos on school materials of any kind are not acceptable (binders, folders, backpacks, pens, pencils, etc.)
Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed.
Hair or mustache styles which cause undue attention is are not acceptable; e.g., unusual designs, colors, symbols, messages, mohawks, Faux-Hawks, or unusual razor cuts. Complete razor shaving of the head is allowed.
Beards are not allowed. Sideburns are allowed, but may not extend past the base of the earlobe or be wider than one inch (1”).
Bangs or other hairstyles must not obstruct nor interfere with vision.
For those courses where long hair may pose a safety risk, such as where mechanical equipment with moving parts are used or where there is an open flame, long hair must be in a protective head covering, such as a hair net or cap, or hair must be securely bound behind the head, consistent with rules established by the instructor.
Tattoos, permanent or temporary, must be covered at all times.
Piercing jewelry is acceptable in the ears only. Piercing jewelry that is intended to alter the natural shape of the ear is prohibited. Other body piercing jewelry (e.g., that for piercings in the eyebrows, nose, lips, tongue) is not acceptable. Distracting jewelry, including piercing jewelry that draw undue attention, is not allowed.
D. Exemption to Policy
Religious beliefs, bona fide medical reasons, or other good cause based on legal requirements, when verified, may be grounds for an exemption to a specific portion of the Dress and Grooming Policy.
E. School Uniform Policy
The decision to pursue a school uniform policy must be initiated by parents and approved by the school S.A.R.T. committee and the site principal.
A school uniform committee will develop a survey to be sent to all parents regarding their position on a school uniform policy by January 15 of the school year prior to the implementation of a school uniform policy. Prior to the distribution of the survey, the committee must sponsor at least one parent forum or meeting open to all parents for the purpose of information and input.
In order for a school site to further consider a school uniform, at least a majority of the surveys distributed must be returned and a majority of the surveys returned must support a uniform policy. These majorities are considered minimums and school sites have the discretion to establish more stringent standards of returns and support.
The Governing Board must be notified by February 1 of the school year prior to the implementation of a school uniform policy.
The school site shall notify all parents or guardians no less than six (6) months prior to the time the uniform policy is implemented.
Should a school adopt a uniform policy, resources shall be available to assist economically disadvantaged students, and a procedure for parents/guardians to opt out of the policy shall be in place.