School Dress Code
Kings Canyon Unified School District's policy requires that students wear appropriate apparel that is clean and not hazardous to their health and safety and the health and safety of others, and does not detract from the educational process. Since school is essentially an educational process, clothing that is conducive to teaching and learning is of the utmost importance. No grade of a student participating in a physical education class shall be adversely affected if the student does not wear standardized physical education apparel because of circumstances beyond the student’s control. (Education Code 49066)
Dress Code Guidelines
The Kings Canyon Unified School District has adopted the following policies based on recommendations from a district wide community task force. The Board acknowledges the right of students and parents to make decisions regarding dress and grooming and recognizes that any apparel and/or accessories which draws undue attention to the wearer tends to detract from the education process and will, therefore, be deemed inappropriate and prohibited. Administrators/designees at school sites will make decisions where there are questions about the appropriateness of clothing. They may also establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities. The school administration will determine the nature of gang dress and paraphernalia in continual consultation with local authorities. Any gang-related apparel confiscated by staff will be returned only to the parent/guardian of the student.
A. All clothing shall be neat and acceptable in repair and appearance, sufficient to be worn within the bounds of decency, modesty, and good taste appropriate for school. Designer rips or tears above the fingertip must not show any skin or undergarment. UNDERWEAR MAY NOT SHOW ABOVE THE PANTS REGARDLESS IF THE SHIRT IS TUCKED IN OR NOT. Clothing must conceal undergarments at all times.
B. Shorts, culottes, and skorts must be fingertip length all the way around. Skirts, dresses, and mini skirts must be fingertip length. (Skirts must reach past the end of extended fingertips or be an appropriate length for school.)
C. Shoes must be worn by all students. Steel-toed boots or boots with metal tips are not permitted. Bedroom slippers are not allowed except for medical reasons.
D. OCHS hats will be allowed for sun protection during school hours (7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) provided they meet the district’s requirements as listed below: (EC 38183.5)
- Hats or hoods may be worn outside only. Any student entering a room or building must remove the hat or hood prior to entering.
- Hats must be a cloth type, with a two-inch brim that encircles the entire hat.
- The hat must be an OCHS hat only. (No pro team logos, inappropriate insignias)
- The hat must remain free of any markings, except for the individual’s name written inside in one-inch block letters.
- A parent may elect to purchase a hat from a source other than the school/district. However, the hat must be pre-approved by the site administrator prior to the wearing of the hat by the student.
- At after-school activities open to the public – only a hat/cap that is not gang-related may be worn at outside activities such as football, baseball, softball games, and tennis matches.
- Students who fail to follow the provisions of this policy may be held accountable in accordance with established discipline district/site policy.
- During cold weather (November 1-April 1) students will be allowed to wear knit caps that do not violate dress code guidelines (pro logos, inappropriate insignias).
E. Attire and/or accessories with lettering, jewelry, body art, tattoos, or drawing that depicts sexually suggestive experiences (example – clothing with the “Player 69”, Playboy logos) or actions, profanity, obscenity, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or degrades the integrity of the individual or others may not be worn at school or at school functions. Tattoos should be covered at all times.
F. Improper attire such as strapless wear, tube tops, halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, muscle shirts, athletic shorts, biker shorts, and clothes that are see-through or bare the midriff are not permitted. Blouses or body shirts with shoulder straps less than two (2) inches wide are not allowed and any apparel determined by District personnel to be too revealing is not acceptable.
G. Extreme fashion that draws undue attention to the student will not be allowed. This includes exotic clothing, jewelry, make-up, body piercing, bare midriffs or chests, see-through or fishnet outfits, off the shoulder and low-cut tops are not appropriate or acceptable.
H. Pants are to be worn at the waist level, above the hip so that the underwear cannot be seen. Overalls must have both straps secured and worn with garments that are within dress code guidelines. Oversized clothing (baggies cannot be wider than five (5) inches from the knee) and oversized and/or sagged pants are prohibited. Pants with an extra-long crotch, extending beyond mid-thigh are not permitted.
I. Sunglasses are not to be worn in the classroom except for medical reasons.
J. Attire which may be used as a weapon may not be worn such as steel-toed boots, chains (including wallet chains), items with spikes or studs, dog chain, or collars are not permitted.
K. All gang-related symbols, rags, tattoos, body art, colors, or insignias, and any clothing reflecting gang affiliation is prohibited at any time on campus. Belts are not to hang down below shirt level.
L. No sports team logos allowed. This includes team mascot names, pictures, and emblems with the exception of OCHS athletics.
M. When wearing leggings, students' clothing on top of leggings must still adhere to the dress code.
P.E. Dress Code
The Physical Education Department recommends that all students participating in their programs wear appropriate attire for physical activity. During winter months, ankle-length sweatpants (black, white, or grey) are allowed. Black, white, or grey sweatshirts may be worn on top. Athletic attire will be available for purchase on registration day and in the P.E. department for the first two weeks of school. Coaches and teachers may recommend more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports and/or classes.
Dressing out for P. E.: Students are required to wear the proper P.E. attire. Students are expected and required to dress out by the 1st class meeting of the second week of school. All transfer students are required to dress out by the 1st class meeting of their second week of enrollment.