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Dress Code


CUSD Student Dress Code and Grooming Standards 

The primary purpose for student dress and grooming standards is to foster an educational environment that is both safe and free from disruption in order to reflect an appropriate tone for school.  Clothes appropriate for weekend wear may not also be appropriate for school.  The following standards set forth for our school dress code are designed to be consistent and fair.  Thank you for your cooperation in setting an academic environment for the students.

1. 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 stomach are fully covered with opaque fabric. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.

2. Students Must Wear*, while following the basic principle of Section 1 above:
• A Shirt (with a minimum of a 1 inch wide strap and fabric in the front, back, and on the pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, sweatpants, opaque leggings, or shorts), OR
• A dress or skirt, AND
• Shoes (as appropriate for the environment and activity).

3. Students May Wear, as long as these items do not violate Section 1 above:
• Sun-protective clothing, such as hats and hoods or wear body or hair protection as necessary as long as face is not obstructed, is allowed outdoors during the school day. The student’s face must be visible to staff, and headwear must not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff.
• Athletic attire, as necessary for athletic activities.

4. Students Cannot Wear:
• Clothing or accessories displaying profanity, pornography, and violent language or images.
• Clothing or accessories considered unsafe, dangerous or a health hazard.
• Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity).
• Hate speech, images, or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups.
• Any clothing that significantly and intentionally reveals visible undergarments.
• Swimsuits (except as required in class or athletic practice).
• Any item that obscures the face (except as a religious observance).
• Strapless tops or halter tops.
The California legislature has determined that gang apparel is hazardous to the health and safety of the school environment and therefore, the wearing of such apparel may be restricted.

Students who violate the dress code will wear alternate clothes the remainder of the day.  Clothes will be returned upon receipt of the signed dress code violation. Students who violate the dress code will be subject to consequences. The offense, and subsequent consequence(s), does not change because a student is able to alter his/her clothing after they have been found in violation. In order to protect the general student body and maintain the integrity of the educational environment, the school/administration reserves the right to amend/modify Dress and Grooming Standards, without notice, and as necessary to maintain a safe and positive school atmosphere.