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Dress And Grooming   

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Castro Valley School District expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school-sponsored event. Student dress choices should respect the District's intent to sustain a community that is inclusive of a diverse range of identities. The primary responsibility for a student's attire resides with the student and their parent(s) or guardian(s). The school district is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, or body type/size. Any restrictions to the way a student dresses must be necessary to support the overall educational goals of the school and should be explained within this dress code.

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

Each school shall allow students to wear sun-protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day. (Education Code 35183.5)

Basic Principle: Certain body parts must be covered for all students at all times.

Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, breasts and nipples are fully covered with non-see-through fabric. All items listed in the "must wear" and "may wear" categories below must meet this basic principle.

Students Must Wear, while following the basic principle above:

* A shirt/dress.

* Pants/jeans or the equivalent (a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, dress, or shorts), and

* Shoes; Specific shoes may be required as a safety precaution for certain classes, for example: PE, science labs, auto shop, wood shop, and nutrition classes. Refer to classroom rules for clarification.

Students May Wear:

* Hats: Hats must allow the face to be visible to staff, and not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff.

* Religious headwear.

* Fitted pants, including non-see-through fabric leggings, yoga pants and "skinny jeans".

* Ripped jeans, as long as underwear and buttocks are not exposed.

* Tank tops, including spaghetti straps; halter tops.

* Athletic attire.

* Visible waistbands or visible straps on undergarments worn under other clothing.

* Hooded jacket as long as the hood is not worn during class.

Students Cannot Wear:

* Violent language or images, including gang-related attire.

* Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity).

* Hate speech, profanity, pornography.

* Language or images that create a hostile or intimidating environment or have been used historically to oppress any protected class or consistently marginalized group.

* Swimsuits (except as required in class or athletic practice/field trips).

* Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon.

*There may be different expectations for certain special school-sponsored events, such as dances or promotions. These will be communicated by each school site.

Dress Code Enforcement

To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the dress code consistently.

* Students will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.

* If necessary, student's parents/guardians may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.

* If the student or parent/guardian cannot provide alternative clothing, the school will provide clean clothing items for the student to wear for the remainder of the day. If the student prefers not to wear such clothing items offered, they may wear the clothing item inside out or in a manner that conceals what is inappropriate.

(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)

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)

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

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.

Gang-Related Apparel

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 reviewed at least once each semester and updated whenever related information is received.


approved: March 14, 2019 Castro Valley, California