We at Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District believe that student dress and overall appearance should foster a positive and productive environment and should reflect pride in one’s self as well as in our school. We further believe that student dress and appearance are a shared responsibility of the home and the school. It is our sincere desire to provide adequate leeway for individuality, but at the same time to maintain a standard of good grooming and personal modesty. To help support our rules and policies, we ask that you speak with your student(s) about the policy and guidelines and consider these expectations when shopping for clothing or evaluating their day-to-day dressing and grooming habits. Please contact your child's school principal if you have additional questions or concerns.
Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, the Dress Code is as follows:
1. Clothes shall be clean so as not to promote unhealthy or unsanitary conditions.
2. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. If wearing layered clothing, the bottom layer must conform to dress code.
3. Clothing which does not cover the student’s midriff at all times is not acceptable.
4. Shorts must be at least a 4” inseam when the student is standing. No skin may be exposed above the hem. Skorts are allowed.
5. Dresses, skirts, etc., must be at mid-thigh when the student is standing.
6. Individual tank tops and racerback tank tops must have 1” straps on the shoulders and back. No tank tops should reveal any part of the torso (i.e. nothing below the armpits). Prohibited are underwear-type sleeveless shirts, see-through fabrics which expose the body, as in tube tops and/or bandeaux tops and halter tops.
7. No skin may be exposed above the knee while wearing pants. Pants must be worn around the waist.
8. Pajamas and soft-soled shoes are unacceptable, except during special events.
9. No backless footwear is allowed at any grade level, including flip flops. We highly recommend Croc style shoes be worn with back straps. Shoes will be worn at all times at school or during school activities.
10. No garments or clothing with offensive cartoon-like characters may be worn. Clothing will be deemed unacceptable if a double meaning can be demonstrated as symbolic of destructive/violent, illegal, immoral, discriminating, anti-education, or gang-related messages.
11. Clothing or jewelry that advocates racial, ethnic, gender, or religious prejudice, unlawful acts, or the use of controlled substances is prohibited.
12. Earrings are to be worn in ears only. Exception: Small stud on the side of the nose is allowed but limited to a very small stud that sits flush with the skin. Septum piercings or other facial or body piercings are not allowed. In addition, any jewelry that would create a safety hazard, including large hoops, septum piercings, spikes, and plugs, are not allowed.
13. Any clothing worn by students to identify themselves as a group, clique, social identity, or other purpose is prohibited. Exceptions will be made for any school-authorized activity or community non-profit groups.
14. Clothing, jewelry, and personal items (such as backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, purses, water bottles, etc.) shall not display pictures or other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent, or sexually suggestive. In addition, these items shall not bear drug, alcohol, or tobacco company advertising, promotion, or likeness; shall not promote violence, illegal activity, or relate to gang affiliation or activity; and shall not advocate racial, gender, religious or sexual orientation prejudice; shall not contain pictures or images of weapons of any kind.
15. Attire that may be used as a weapon shall not be worn (e.g., steel-toed boots, chains, items with spikes or studs, etc.).
16. Hats, caps, hoods, beanies, and other head coverings may never be worn inside buildings unless for religious reasons or a Dr.’s note is provided. Bandanas are prohibited at all times.
17. Caps, hoods, beanies, and other head coverings may be worn outside; this may include physical education, with teacher or administrator permission. When outside, hats must be worn with the bill facing forward.
18. Dark glasses shall not be worn in classrooms or offices unless a documented health problem exists.
19. Haircuts or hairstyles that draw undue attention to the wearer or detract from the educational process are unacceptable (i.e. no writing in the hair, no unnatural colors, or symbols.) Razor cuts and lines are acceptable. Mohawks, mohawk fades, or faux-hawks are not to be more than 1 ½ inches. Parents will be called, and the student will be sent home and cannot return until the student’s hair is in compliance with the dress code.
20. No tattoos, permanent or otherwise, shall be displayed at school. Any tattoo must be covered.
21. Coaches, teachers, or administrators may impose more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports, classes, or their school population.
The following conduct code will be followed after a dress code violation:
1st Offense: Warning to student. Notification of parent. Change into appropriate clothing as applicable. Student may be sent home to dress properly, if necessary.
****If referred for haircut or color, parents will be called and the student will be sent home and cannot return until the student’s hair is in compliance with dress code.
2nd Offense: Site consequence and change of clothing required. Parent notified.
3rd Offense: Parent notified and progressive site discipline. Change of clothing required.
4th Offense: Parent notified. Student placed on Behavior Contract. Change of clothing required.
5th Offense: Parent notified—possible suspension and recommendation for an alternative education program.
Dress Policy: Non-school Youth Organizations
The following policy regards only those local Youth Organizations which desire to have their participants occasionally wear their respective apparel to school during regular hours of operation.
1. All sports and activity apparel must meet District/School dress code policies. This includes logos (must reflect local organizations only), hem lengths, strap thickness, and alterations.
2. If a local Youth Organization wishes to have its participants wear their apparel to school, the organization must provide the affected school site(s) with contact information for the President and at least two (2) designees of that Organization, with whom school officials may contact as necessary.
3. Youth Organization apparel may only be worn on the Friday before a scheduled game or competition unless the game/competition is held during the week, in which case apparel representing the organization may only be worn on the day of the event.
4. If a school administrator or staff member observes a behavior that violates behavior or dress code policies, contact will be made with the designee appointed by the Youth Organization represented by the students whose actions are in violation for the purposes of notifying the organization that the participant’s privilege to wear the organization’s apparel (jerseys, uniforms, etc.) will be suspended for a period of the following week or next event, whichever occurs first. The notification to the organization’s designee will only include information related to that which has been reflected on the team, but will not receive information regarding individual students. When appropriate, parents of students in violation of the policy will be notified independently.
5. If there is an additional incident, as reflected in #4, the privilege of the Youth Organization’s privilege to wear team apparel will be suspended for the remainder of the school year. Again, such notification will be made only to a designee of the Youth Organization.
6. A suspension of the privilege or wearing the organization’s apparel shall only apply to the students at the school where the violation occurred.
Board Policy 5132- Dress and Grooming
Administrative Regulation 5132- Dress and Grooming
Approved: July 18, 2022