File:  JICA

Student Dress Code

A safe and disciplined learning environment is essential to a quality educational program.  District-wide standards on student attire are intended to help students concentrate on schoolwork, reduce discipline problems, and improve school order and safety.  The Board recognizes that students have a right to express themselves through dress and personal appearance; however, students shall not wear apparel that is deemed disruptive or potentially disruptive to the classroom environment or to the maintenance of a safe and orderly school.

Any student deemed in violation of the dress code shall be required to change into appropriate clothing or make arrangements to have appropriate clothing brought to school immediately.  In this case, there shall be no further penalty.

If the student cannot promptly obtain appropriate clothing, on the first offense, the student shall be given a written warning and an administrator shall notify the student s parents/guardians.  On the second offense, the student shall remain in the administrative office for the day and do schoolwork and a conference with parents/guardians shall be held.  On the third offense, the student may be subject to suspension or other disciplinary action in accordance with Board policy concerning student suspensions, expulsions and other disciplinary interventions.

School staff is required to demonstrate a good faith effort to document all violations and interventions in Infinite Campus, consistent with district policy and procedures, prior to taking further disciplinary action.

Unacceptable Items

The following items are deemed disruptive to the classroom environment or to the maintenance of safe and orderly school and are not acceptable in school buildings, on school grounds, or at school activities, as determined by school administration:

1.  Shorts, dresses, skirts or other similar clothing shorter than mid-thigh length

2.  Sunglasses and all headwear/hats including hairnets worn inside the building

3.  Inappropriately sheer, tight or low-cut clothing (e.g., midriffs, halter tops, backless clothing, tube tops, garments made of fishnet, mesh or similar material, muscle tops, etc.) that bare or expose traditionally private parts of the body including, but not limited to, the stomach, buttocks, back and breasts.

4.  Tank tops, spaghetti straps or other similar clothing with straps narrower than 1.5 inches in width.

5.  Chains, pocket-hanging chains, chain belts, pointed studs/spikes that could be construed as a weapon

6.  All altered clothing with gang-like graffiti, which reflect gang affiliation clothing, e.g., pants or blouses/shirts rolled up or tied on one side

7.  Any apparel torn or ripped and see-through clothing revealing student undergarments

8.  Trench coats, dusters, and sagging pants (a student may be asked to place items in their locker)

9.  Any clothing, paraphernalia, grooming, jewelry, hair coloring, accessories, or backpacks, visible tattoos, visible body adornments or visible body piercing that could be construed as a weapon or contain any advertisement, symbols, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that:

a.  Refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons

b.  Are of a sexual nature

c.  By virtue of color, (such as wearing all red, wearing all blue, or wearing all one color), arrangements, trademarks affiliated with gangs, or other attributes denoting membership in gangs or which advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior

d.  Are obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd, or legally libelous

e.  Threaten the safety or welfare of any person

f.  Promote any activity prohibited by the student code of conduct

g.  Otherwise disrupt the teaching-learning process

10.  Coats are to be stored in an appropriate place or locker during school.  Exceptions may be made based on environmental conditions.

Exceptions

Appropriate athletic clothing may be worn in physical education classes.  Clothing normally worn when participating in school-sponsored extra curricular or sports activities (such as cheerleading uniforms and the like) may be worn to school when approved by the sponsor or coach.

Building principals, in conjunction with the school accountability committee, students, parents and the community, may develop and adopt school-specific dress codes that are consistent with this policy.

LEGAL REF.:  C.R.S. 22-32-109.1 (2)(a)(I)(J) (board duty to adopt student dress code)

CROSS REFS.:  IMDB, Flag Displays

JBB*, Sexual Harassment

JIC, Student Conduct

JICDA, Code of Conduct

JICF, Secret Societies/Gang Activity

JICH, Drug and Alcohol Involvement by Students

JICI, Weapons in School

JK, Student Discipline

JKD/JKE, Suspension/Expulsion of Students

JLI, Student Safety

Revised: 2/27/01, 11/8/05, 8/27/13