We believe that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. Students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that comply with each school’s adopted dress code. Students must be in compliance with the Dress and Grooming Code (AR 5132), as established by the Board of Trustees.

The Lemoore Union Elementary School District requires that:

Students attending school must be clean. All clothing must fit, shall be neat, clean, and acceptable in repair and appearance and shall be worn within the bounds of decency and good taste as appropriate for school. Appropriate undergarments that provide proper coverage shall be worn. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times.

1.Shorts/Skirts/Pants: Oversized, baggy or saggy clothing is prohibited. Gym shorts and sweats are not permitted. Shorts are to be hemmed and not form fitting. Skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited. Leggings will be allowed if over garment is no shorter than mid- thigh. Pants cannot exceed 4 inches wider than the leg when measured out from the kneecap of the straightened leg. Pants and shorts must fit and be worn at the natural waist. The bottom of the pant leg may not be frayed or drag on the ground. Pants must be hemmed and not stapled, pinned, or taped.

2.Shirts: Collared shirts, black, white, or gray plain t-shirts are permitted. Shirts must not have any design or logo on the shirt. Blue and red colored shirts of any kind are not permitted. Shirts must not be oversized or extra baggy on the student. Button-down shirts and Henley shirts must be buttoned all the way.

3.Jewelry/Personal Items: Piercings may only be worn in the ears. Personal items, clothing, jewelry, backpacks, binders, gym bags, water bottles, etc., shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, which display gang symbols, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice. Red and blue clothing or clothing that resembles gang affiliation, or other items that materially interfere with school work, create disorder or disrupt the educational process are not allowed. Jewelry and accessories (belts, shoe laces, socks, etc) cannot be blue or red. Also prohibited are jewelry items that may potentially cause injury, sunglasses (exceptions include medical reasons), and other decorations, ornaments and accessories not appropriate for elementary or middle school.

4.Clothing/Apparel: Any clothing or apparel that a student or group of students wear to identify themselves for the purpose of harassing, threatening, or intimidating others will not be allowed. Any clothing item that is affiliated with a gang (images, symbols, blue or read clothing) is not permitted. Military, paramilitary, or camouflage attire will not be permitted. No tattoos may be showing at any time.

5.Hats: Hats, caps, and other head coverings shall not be worn in class. Students may wear sun-protective clothing, including hats that must have a 360° sun-protecting brim of no more than 2 inches. However, knit caps may be worn outside of school buildings during cold or inclement weather.

6.Shoes: Shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals must have heel straps. Backless shoes, open sandals, high-heeled shoes, slipper-type shoes and thongs are hazardous on the school playground and are not appropriate for school. No hard-toed or steel- toed shoes/boots will be allowed. No high top, laced up, combat, or military style boots will be allowed.

7.Hair: Hair must be clean and show evidence of having been neatly groomed for school. No designs shaved (ex. lines, numbers, shapes, etc.) or colored into the head are allowed. Hair may not be sprayed by any coloring that would drip when wet. Hair that causes undue attention is not acceptable. Beards are not allowed.

8.Athletic Wear: Gym shorts, “sweat pants”, and “athletic style” pants may not be worn in classes other than physical education.

The principal at each school shall ensure that authorized school spirit shirts are viewpoint neutral and content neutral.

The principal and staff at each school may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities. Coaches and teacher may impose more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports and/or classes. Bona fide religious or philosophical objections, or medical reasons, when verified, may be grounds for an exemption to a specific portion of the Dress and Grooming Policy. A written request for an exemption from enforcement of a specified portion of Dress Code Policy must be submitted to the school principal.

Please Note: The State of California has determined that “A pupil who goes to school without proper attention having been given to personal cleanliness or neatness of dress, may be sent home to be properly prepared for school, or shall be required to prepare himself/herself for the classroom before entering.” (California Administrative Code, Title V, Section 302) 1994.