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502.01 Student Appearance

It is the goal of the District to protect the educational environment for all students to help ensure it is free from substantial disruption or infringement upon student rights. Student expression, including student appearance and dress, should be appropriate to ensure that the students learn and meet the goals of the school district.

The Board believes inappropriate student appearance causes material and substantial disruption to the school environment or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors.

Students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements of a good learning environment. The standards will be those generally acceptable to the community as appropriate in a school setting.

The Board expects students to wear clothes appropriate for the time, place and occasion. Clothing or other apparel promoting products illegal for use by minors and clothing displaying obscene material, profanity, or reference to prohibited conduct are disallowed. While the primary responsibility for appearance lies with the students and their parents, appearance disruptive to the education program will not be tolerated. When, in the judgment of a principal, a student’s appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent/designee, in conjunction with the principals, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Legal Reference:
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260.
Bethal School District v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675.
Tinker v. Des Moines Ind. Comm. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503.
Bystrom v. Fridley High School, 822 F.2d 747 (8th Cir.).
Torvik v. Decorah Community School, 453 F.2d 779 (8th Cir.)
Turley v. Adel Community School District, 322 F.Supp. 402 (S.D. Iowa).
Sims v. Colfax Comm. School Dist., 307 F.Supp. 485 (Iowa).
Iowa Code § 279.8

Cross Reference:
500.00 Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students
502.00 Series Student Behavior and Discipline
502.03 Student Expression

Approved:
November 16, 2009

Reviewed:
January 19, 2015

March 23, 2020

Revised:
March 23, 2020