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Student Dress Code - Grades K-12

Updated Guidelines for the 2016-2017 school year
Presented and reviewed by the Governing Board on May 4, 2016.

Dress Code
Dysart Unified School District believes that there is a connection between Student Dress and Academic Success. As such, any attire that detracts from the learning environment is not acceptable. Students should dress in a manner that takes into consideration the educational environment, safety, health and welfare of oneself and others. The following guidelines are not intended to be entirely inclusive of all dress code situations.  The school administration retains the final discretion to determine that the garment or accessory meets the dress code.  Some exceptions may be made for special events, formal attire (dances), spirit week, or costumes.

It is the students and their parent/guardian’s responsibility to be aware of the dress code policy and conform to these requirements. Each school will meet the minimum guidelines of the district dress code but may add other restrictions if the school administration deems it necessary. If a student or parent has any questions about whether specific attire or accessories are in compliance with the dress code, they should contact the Assistant Principal prior to wearing such attire.

Guidelines
  • Must not include pajamas or other loungewear.
  • Must not include undergarments** worn as outer garments.
  • Must not contribute to an atmosphere of threat, intimidation or negative peer pressure.
  • Must not include any reference to a gang.
  • Must not include any defamatory writing, obscene language or symbols, or symbols of drugs, sex or alcohol.*
  • Must not create an exposure in violation of any of the above guidelines when sitting, bending or standing.
  • Must not display anything that is otherwise illegal to possess at school.
     
Gang Related Apparel
The Governing Board desires to keep Dysart Schools and students free from the threat of harmful influences by any group or gang that advocates drug use or disruptive behavior.  Therefore, the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook, or manner of dress that by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or other attribute, denotes or implies membership in or affiliation with such a group is prohibited because of the potential disruption of the educational process or threat to the safety of other students.

Shirts/Tops
  • Must not include spaghetti straps, halter tops, strapless tops, or racer back tops. Tank tops must have a strap 1.5 inches or wider with no bra straps showing, and torso cannot be exposed.
  • Must not have a neckline lower than four inches from the collarbone and must not expose cleavage.
  • Must not expose any part of the midriff or undergarments when sitting, bending or standing.
  • Must not be see-through.
  • Must not be ripped or torn.
     
Pants/Shorts/Bottoms
  • Must be worn close to the waist at all times, regardless of the number of layers.
  • Shorts/skorts/skirts must cover the entire buttocks when sitting, bending or standing and extend to a reasonable length.
  • Must not expose undergarments** when sitting, bending or standing, regardless of the number of layers.
  • Any spandex or form fitting type of pants/bottoms must be worn with an over garment.  Over garments include dresses, long shirts, jackets, etc. that cover the entire buttocks when sitting, bending or standing and extend to a reasonable length.
     
Shoes
  • Must be worn at all times.
  • Must be closed-toe shoes for physical education or any organized physical activity.
  • Slippers are not allowed.
     
Accessories
  • Must not present a safety hazard to self or others at the administrator’s discretion.
  • Must not include hats or any other head apparel inside school building unless for pre-approved religious, medical or safety reasons. Applies to both males and females.
  • Must not include sunglasses worn inside any building.
     
*A.R.S. 15-712 permits instruction on the nature and harmful effects of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.  It is illegal for minors to possess these substances.  Clothing or accessories that display these substances or are deemed to advocate or encourage the use of these substances are counterproductive to the District’s curriculum goals and educational objectives.  These items are, therefore, prohibited.

**Undergarment Definition: An undergarment is any item specifically designed to be worn underneath other garments and is typically worn next to the skin. Undergarments include, but might not be limited to underwear, bras including sports bras, or other items that might be worn directly against the skin to cover the private areas of the body.