In cooperation with teachers, students and parents/guardians, the principal or designee shall regularly review district regulations and may establish additional school rules governing dress and grooming which are in compliance with district regulations and the following guidelines. Such proposed school rules must be reviewed and approved by the Superintendent. To accomplish consistency of this message, this item will be shared at least annually with the school site staff, both certificated and classified, as it is the entire school’s responsibility to enforce these standards.
The following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:
1. All garments must fit. Clothing should be within one size of the student’s measurements and worn in the manner in which they are designed.
2. Shoes must be worn at all times. At all elementary schools, for safety reasons, flip-flops or backless shoes/sandals are prohibited; however, sandals may be worn if they have heel straps. At Lee Middle School, at no time are flip flops, backless shoes/sandals or slippers permitted.
3. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See through or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, torn off sleeves, or bare midriffs are prohibited. Skirts, shorts, and tops must conceal all body parts, especially when the student is sitting down or bending over. At Lee Middle School, at no time are sleeveless shirts permitted. If jeans are worn with rips above the knee, leggings must be worn underneath, so that no skin is exposed.
4. For outdoor activities: Sun-protective clothing, not limited to hats (Ed. Code 35183.5), shall be allowed. Hats, caps and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors. Bandanas, scarves, hairnets, hair rags, etc. will not be allowed. Students may wear head coverings in observance of their religion. At Lee Middle School, at no time are baseball-style caps permitted. Beanies and cold weather hats may be worn outside in inclement weather.
5. Clothing, jewelry and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice or the use of drugs or alcohol. Jewelry, accessories, or ornaments that may be considered dangerous objects are prohibited.
6. Any apparel, jewelry, accessory, school materials or manner of grooming which by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, or any other attribute denoting membership in a gang is prohibited. Tattoos or piercings/body adornments that obviously are gang-related, i.e. name of a gang, gang language, or reference to a gang are forbidden.
7. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Hair may not be sprayed by any coloring that would drip when wet and/or is so extreme as to disrupt the educational process.
No grade of a student participating in a physical education class shall be adversely affected if the student does not wear standardized physical education apparel because of circumstances beyond the student’s control. (Education Code 49066). The principal, staff, students and parent/guardians at each school may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities.
At individual schools that have a dress code prohibiting gang-related apparel at school or school activities, the principal, staff and parents/guardians participating in the development of the school safety plan shall define “gang-related apparel” and shall limit this definition to apparel that reasonably could be determined to threaten the health and safety of the school environment if it were worn or displayed on a school campus. (Education Code 32282).
Because gang-related symbols are constantly changing, definitions of gang-related apparel shall be regularly reviewed and updated whenever related information is received.
Lee Middle School’s definition of gang-related apparel:
- Students may only wear one initialed belt buckle at a time. Belt buckles with B, N, S, 13, and 14 are prohibited.
- No belts may be longer than 6 inches past the buckle and must be tucked in.
- Red or blue shoelaces may not be worn by any student.
- Accessories such as hair decorations, jewelry, or gloves may not be worn as gang identifiers.
- Any student that may have a gang affiliation or is emulating gang behavior may be put on a dress code restriction