Policy No: 502.04
STUDENT DRESS CODE
It is the desire and intent of St. Maries Joint School District No. 41’s Board of Trustees to create a safe and positive environment in District schools that is conducive to learning and free of potential distraction or danger. It is the belief of the School District that schools are in the business of learning which necessitates discipline by the individual student in all areas such as language, behavior, attendance, and dress. Students are reminded that their appearance (clothing and grooming) significantly affects the way others respond to them. Matters of dress remain the primary responsibility of students, in consultation with their parents or legal guardians. Nevertheless, since it is the duty of the Board of Trustees to provide an educational atmosphere conducive to learning, inimizing disruptions or distractions, and to protect the health, safety, and morals of students, all students will adhere to the following certain minimum standards of dress when the student is on any school premises or at any school-sponsored activity, regardless of location.
In general, students are not to wear or carry items of apparel (clothing, accessories, cosmetics, tattoos, jewelry – including body piercings) which depict or allude to, by picture, symbol, or words, drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, gangs, violence, sexually explicit, lewd, indecent or offensive material, or illegal acts. The wearing, using, or displaying of any gang clothing or attire (based upon the principal/designee’s reasonable belief that gangs may be present in a school), jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, codes, or other things which evidence membership or affiliation in any gang is prohibited on any school premises or at any school-sponsored activity, regardless of location.
Head coverings, including hats, visors, or bandanas, are inappropriate in the school buildings during regular school hours, unless the principal or designee specifically makes an exception to the policy.
UPPER BODY CLOTHING
Upper body clothing must be cut so as not to expose undergarments, chest area, cleavage, midriff, or back area. Spaghetti-thin and thin straps are prohibited. Straps must be at least two inches wide. No halter tops, tube tops, or crop tops will be allowed.
LOWER BODY CLOTHING
All lower body clothing, including pants, shorts, skirts, etc., shall be worn at the hips or above. Clothing shall not be allowed to be sagging, bagging, or dragging. No undergarments shall be allowed to show. All clothing must be the appropriate size to fit the size and stature of the student.
The length of shorts, skirts, and dresses must reach a minimum of mid inner-thigh or longer.
The slits in skirts and dresses must be no higher than mid inner-thigh.
Tight fitting or otherwise revealing clothing is not permitted.
See-through clothing is not permitted.
Intentional tearing or ripping of clothing is not permitted.
No spiked jewelry or chains that can be used for a weapon are allowed.
Footwear must be worn at all times and must be age-appropriate for activities and suitable for emergencies.
INTERPRETATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF POLICY
The building principal/designee shall use reasonable discretion in interpreting and implementing the provisions of his policy. If a conflict arises in the interpretation of this policy, the interpretation of the building principal/designee shall be final. Principals, administrators, and teachers shall use reasonable discretion in enforcing this policy.
Teachers and administrators may deny class entrance to students dressed or otherwise adorned inappropriately until arrangements may be made for their proper attire. All time missed from classes for failure to adhere to this policy will be deemed unexcused absences. Parents or guardians will be notified each time a student is asked to leave school because of inappropriate attire. Students who are insubordinate or refuse to change the improper attire, or who repeat dress code violations, shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion, depending on all the facts and circumstances, for violating the standards of student conduct.