Policy 502.7 - Student Appearance


The Board of Directors believes inappropriate student appearance may cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors.

Students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements of a good learning environment. The standards will be those generally acceptable to the community as appropriate in a school setting.

The Board expects students to be clean and well groomed and wear clothes in good repair and appropriate for the time, place, and occasion. Clothing or other apparel promoting products illegal for use by minors; clothing displaying obscene material, profanity, or reference to prohibited conduct; and hats are disallowed. While the primary responsibility for appearance lies with the students and their parents, appearance disruptive to the education program will not be tolerated. When, in the judgment of a principal, a student's appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications.

For the protection of all students’ health, safety, and the maintenance of appropriate discipline in a positive educational environment, the Board prohibits students from wearing gang-related apparel of any type.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principals, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Adopted: Unknown
Modified: 05/22/89; 05/16/94; 08/21/95
Reviewed: 05/02/94; 07/24/95; 06/28/99; 12/07/09; 10/06/14; 12/02/19

Legal Reference: Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).
Bethal School District No. 403 v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986).
Bystrom v. Fridley High School, Independent School District No. 14, 822 F.2d 747 (8th Cir. 1987).
Torvik v. Decorah Community School, 453 F.2d 779 (8th Cir. 1972).
Turley v. Adel Community School District, 322 F.Supp. 402 (S.D. Iowa 1971).
Sims v. Colfax Comm. School Dist., 307 F.Supp. 485 (Iowa 1970).
Tinker v. Des Moines Ind. Comm. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
Iowa Code § 279.8 (1995)

Cross Reference: Policy 502.2 Development of Student Conduct and Policies/Rules
Policy Primer-Volume 7, Number 3-May 31, 1994
Policy Primer-Volume 8, Number 5-June 23,1995
Policy 502.1 Prohibition of Serious Student Misconduct

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