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Dress and Grooming

The Board recognizes that each student's mode of dress and grooming is a manifestation of personal style and individual preference. The Board will not interfere with the right of students and their parents/guardians to make decisions regarding their appearance except when their choices affect the educational program of the schools or constitute a health or safety risk to others

The Pleasant Valley School District dress and grooming guidelines apply to all students. Students in violation of the guidelines will be asked/sent home to change and discipline consequences will be applied. 

Please adhere to the policy and dress appropriately for an educational setting. Clothing must be appropriately sized for the student; that is, they are to be no more than one (1) regular size larger than the student actually measures. It also means that bottoms are not to be tight. Extra wide, extra full, extra-long, baggy, or sagging bottoms, as well as tight and/or undersized bottoms, are not permitted.

  •  Jeans, khaki pants, athletic pants, yoga pants (leggings), dresses, and skirts are all acceptable lower garments. 

    • All garments must be in good repair and not have any holes or rips. 

    • Lower garments must fit and be an appropriate length as defined as covering approximately three quarters of the thigh and cannot reveal undergarments. Shorts, dresses, and skirts should maintain an appropriate fit and length while walking, sitting, reaching, and bending over. 

    • Lower garments must be worn at the hip without sagging. 

    • Cut-off shorts are not permitted. 

  • Upper Garments (shirts) must be in good repair and not have holes, rips, or slashes. 

    • Upper garments must cover the shoulder, torso, and midriff and must not be excessively tight or low cut from the collar. Shirt hems must fall below the waistband of lower garments. Upper garments cannot reveal undergarments. 

    • Sweatshirt hoodies are acceptable to wear inside of the building, but hoods may not be worn on the head at any time. 

  • Clothing or jewelry that are not permitted includes items that promote or reference drugs, alcohol or tobacco. Articles of clothing or accessories imprinted with messages pertaining to drugs or alcohol, any advertisement for any alcohol product or establishment which deals with alcohol; gun or weapon related apparel, clothing or accessories that may be gang related, vulgar, obscene or profane pictures or sayings; double-meaning slogans; clothing overly suggestive or revealing; and wearing articles of clothing in which undergarments are deliberately exposed to view. Clothing or jewelry that promotes or makes reference to cult or satanic activity. Clothing or jewelry that promotes or makes reference to weapons, violence, gang affiliation, sex, sexism, sexuality, political messages and or ethnic/racial prejudices. Clothing or jewelry with suggestive themes and or obscene pictures, words, or gestures. All of these items are not permitted.

  • Shoes

    • As a safety measure, footwear must both be of the same pair and intact. 

    • Sandals or clogs must have a back strap and footwear with shoelaces must be tied. 

  • Hats are not acceptable to wear inside the building at any time unless permitted as part of an announced school spirit theme. 

When a student’s dress is representative of a danger to his/her health, safety, or welfare or creates a distraction to the learning environment, the administration will request that the student change his/her clothing. A violation of the dress code may result in disciplinary action.

Students may be required to wear specific types of clothing while participating in physical education classes, technical education classes, science laboratories, family consumer science classes, and or extracurricular activities.

For more information, see Board Policy No. 221.