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Dress Code

TUSD Dress Code (EC §§35183, 35183.5, 51101)

Dress Code (EC §§35183, 35183.5, 51101)

The intent of the Dress Code is to provide a safe, orderly and productive school environment for all students. Students must be in dress code and present a clean, appropriate appearance so as not to distract from the learning environment or risk harm to anyone. Apparel that creates a disruption to the school environment is inappropriate. (The Dress Code shall be enforced during school hours, on the way to school and from school to home, at authorized bus stops, on buses and at all co-curricular activities.)

The following items are specifically prohibited at school or school-related activities including athletic events. In addition, any apparel, hair style, cosmetic or jewelry, even if not specifically mentioned below, which creates a safety concern, draws undue attention to the wearer, or tends to detract from the educational process is also prohibited:              

  • Pictures and/or writing on any clothing which promotes, glorifies or advertises drugs, alcohol, violence, racial/cultural superiority, sexual innuendos, tobacco or “gang” affiliation.
  • Bandanas, hairnets, gang symbols, or display of gang colors, prison insignia, t-shirts which fall to mid thigh or lower, the number 13 (XIII) or 14 (XIV) or any other attire that may be determined to denote gang membership or messages.
  • Gang related writing/slogans on backpacks, binders, tattoos and other accessories to be determined.
  • Gang related tattoos must be covered.
  • Jewelry, chains, spiked accessories, shoelaces, buttons that advertise or promote profane, obscene, illegal, immoral or gang comments.
  • Any color or color combination scheme worn in a manner that suggests a possible affiliation with a gang and/or causes a disruption of the school day.
  • Hats, Headgear or any knit caps that are disruptive and/or cause a distraction that impedes the learning process. This includes, but is not limited to, disruption to individual rights, student learning, classroom learning and/or disrupts or threatens to disrupt the safe and secure school-wide environment. (Hats are allowed to be worn as long as they do not disrupt the classroom or school setting.)

  • Disruptive body piercing (eyebrows, nose, and lips) is not permitted.
  • Non-prescription sunglasses worn indoors.
  • Patches, emblems, tattoos, flags and clothing depicting vulgarity, profanity, or sexual content, or clothing that advertises alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or illegal substances, or clothing that is perceived degrading to others shall not be permitted. This shall include but is not limited to the following: Black Panthers, Confederate Flag, Nazi Swastika, Gang Symbols, and/or hate groups of any sort, etc.
  • See-through clothing, clothing that reveals a bare midriff or chest, or clothes that expose the body in a sexually suggestive manner are not acceptable.
  • Underwear-type sleeveless shirts, tube tops, halter tops, and spaghetti straps are not acceptable.
  • Sagging or baggy pants that do not fit the waist or that are drastically altered or frayed are not acceptable.
  • Skirts, shorts, and dresses that are more than 4 inches above the knee, or are form-fitting or tight around the body (such as bike shorts).

Students out of dress code may be given clothes to change into in exchange for the old out of dress code items, parents may be contacted and asked to bring a change of clothes or the student may be sent home. Repeat or frequent violations may result in a parent conference. All staff members are required to enforce the Dress Code.