Kenneth White Jr. High School

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School Policies » Dress Code for Students

Dress Code for Students

Dress Code for Students

 

The District’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, instill discipline, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards, and teach respect for authority.

 

Students shall be dressed and groomed in a manner that is clean and neat and that will not be a health or safety hazard to themselves or others.

 

The District prohibits any clothing or grooming that in the principal’s judgment may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of or interference with normal school operations.

 

The District prohibits:

1. Boys from wearing make-up.

 

2. Pictures, emblems, or writing on clothing and personal items that:

a. Is lewd, offensive, vulgar, obscene, or violent.

b. Advertises or depicts tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other prohibited substance.

c. Is distracting or draws attention to the student that, at the discretion of the principal or his/her designee, is inappropriate.

 

3. The wearing of see-through shirts or blouses, sleeveless undershirts, muscle shirts, vests, cutoff Tshirts, tube tops, tank tops and any blouse or shirt that does not cover the stomach or waist, even if covered by another piece of clothing such as a sweater or jacket.

 

4. The wearing of low-cut, shoulderless/strapless, spaghetti strap or string tie/halter blouses, shirts or dresses and clothing where undergarments can be seen.

 

5. Brand name tags and imprints on clothing and personal items that may be depicted as negative and/or offensive (i.e. “Drunken Monkey”, “Drunknmunky”, “Homies”, etc.). Discretion by the principal orhis/her designee will prevail.

 

6. Paraphernalia/accessories, activities, and/or gestures, which symbolize gang and/or group membership, including the following:

a. Wearing beads and/or crosses that are all black, embroidered, or are identified with gang and/or group colors.

b. Wearing tee shirts, sweat shirts, windbreakers, and jackets that depict the identity of a particular gang and/or group.

c. Wearing shoes that identify with a particular gang and/or group, such as tennis shoes or sports

shoes altered from their original color with paint or markers, shoe laces depicting a gang and/or group color, etc.

d. Wearing gang- and/or group-related clothing combinations such as a shirt/pant combination in a particular color or colors.

e. Participating in any gang and/or group fights, and any act of violence against a student or school

personnel.

f. Exhibiting any behavior or gestures that symbolize gang and/or group membership, or are associated with gangs and/or groups.

g. Vandalizing school property with gang- and/or group-related signs or literature. All students are also prohibited from possessing folders, book covers, etc., which depict gang- and/or group-related signs or literature.

 

The outlined code regarding specific modes, paraphernalia/accessories, activities, or gestures of the student body is subject to change at any time when a gang and/or group changes its identifying colors, paraphernalia/accessories, activities, or gestures. The aforementioned code also applies to any new gang and/or group, or any gang and/or group not mentioned herein.

 

In addition:

1. The District has adopted a standardized dress code for students in grades 6-8. [See Policy FNCA(LOCAL)]

 

2. All clothing must be worn in a proper, customary manner.

 

3. Over-sized, ill-fitting pants and other similar items of clothing are not allowed.

 

4. Students are prohibited from wearing pants below the waistline that are designed to be worn at the waistline.

 

5. Students are prohibited from wearing pants that expose skin at the waistline unless a tucked-in shirt/blouse is worn that is long enough to cover skin at all times (i.e. when raising arms, bending over, sitting down, etc.).

 

6. Capri pants or crop pants that are not tight-fitting will be allowed. Bermuda shorts are not considered to be Capri pants or crop pants. Discretion by the principal or his/her designee will prevail.

 

7. Leggings and form-fitting (stretch, spandex, etc.) pants are not allowed in grades 6-12.

 

8. All shirts designed to be tucked in must be tucked in correctly. Discretion by the principal or his/her designee will prevail.

 

9. Students shall wear appropriate undergarments. No pajama-type clothing is allowed. Clothing where undergarments can be seen is prohibited. Excessively torn or tattered clothing or clothing that exposes skin and/or underwear is not allowed.

 

10. Shorts:

a. Students in pre-kindergarten through third grade are allowed to wear shorts.

b. Students in grades four and five shall be allowed to wear walking shorts that are no shorter than three inches above the knee. Wind shorts and boxer shorts are not allowed in grades four and five.

c. Students in grades pre-kindergarten through five may wear cutoffs and bicycle shorts in physical education classes only.

d. Secondary school students are not permitted to wear shorts. This includes Bermuda shorts.

e. The discretion of the principal or his/her designee will prevail.

 

11. Dresses and skirts may be no shorter than two inches above the top of the kneecap, nor may slits in clothing extend more than two inches above the knee.

 

12. Trench coats, dusters, hooded sweatshirts, and overcoats are not allowed, except in inclement weather. Hoods are not to be worn inside buildings.

 

13. Earrings or studs for boys are prohibited on any part of the body on school premises and during participation in any extracurricular activity. This includes string, plastic studs, bandages, etc. which are used to keep the pierced hole open.

 

14. Girls are prohibited from wearing earrings or studs on any part of their bodies other than their ear lobes on school premises and during participation in any extracurricular activity.

 

15. Hats, caps, hoods, beanies, sweatbands, hairnets, and bandanas are not allowed. Headbands must be worn appropriately to restrain hair, and not across the forehead.

 

16. Sunglasses are prohibited unless prescribed.

17. Appropriate footwear shall be worn at school. Shoes that present a safety concern are not allowed. Sneakers/Tennis shoes should be worn for PE participation. Flip-flops/thongs are not allowed. Steel toe footwear is not allowed. All footwear must have a closed heel or have a strap around the rear of the ankle in grades Pre-K through 8. Socks must be worn, when appropriate.

 

18. Hair must be clean, neatly combed and out of the eyes and face. Boys’ hair shall not extend beyond the top of the shirt collar; Mohawks, ducktails or ponytails will not be allowed. Hair that is styled in a manner that is extreme, outlandish, distracting or draws attention to the student is not allowed.

 

19. Hair coloring is limited to only natural hair colors.

 

20. Sideburns shall not extend beyond the bottom of the earlobe. Mustaches shall be neatly trimmed. Beards and goatees are not permitted. Boy’s eyebrow(s) shall not be shaved or altered.

 

21. The wearing of artificial nails and/or nails that are painted or styled in a manner that is distracting or draws attention to the student is prohibited at the elementary level.

 

22. Grooming, combing hair, and applying make-up or nail polish are not allowed in the classroom.

 

23. The District has adopted standardized attire for all students assigned to the DAEP at Roosevelt Alternative School. All students assigned to the DAEP will adhere to the standardized dress requirement. The dress code will be discussed with the students and parents during the scheduled intake conference.

 

24. The discretion of the principal or his/her designee will prevail.

 

The student and parent may determine the student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the general guidelines set out above in the District’s dress code.

 

If the principal determines that a student’s grooming violates the dress code, the student shall be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the student shall be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day.

 

A student whose clothing violates the dress code shall be assigned to in-school suspension either for the remainder of the day or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action. Appropriate discipline procedures shall be followed in all cases.

 

The principal, in cooperation with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity, may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity. Students who violate those standards may be removed or excluded from the activity for a period determined by the principal or sponsor and may be subject to other disciplinary action. [See policy FNCA(LOCAL)]