Students – Dress and Grooming

             Creekside Elementary School allows students to wear protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day.  [E.C. 35183.5] The District expects students to wear clothing that is suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Students shall not wear clothing that presents a health or safety hazard or causes substantial disruption to the educational program. District and school rules pertaining to student attire shall be included in student handbooks, may be posted in school offices and classrooms, and may be periodically reviewed by all students as necessary.

    Students shall not be prohibited from dressing in a manner consistent with their gender identity or gender expression or with their religious or cultural observance. In addition, the dress code shall not discriminate against students based on hair texture and protective hairstyles, including, but not limited to, braids, locks, and twists. (Education Code 212.1)  Students are strongly recommended to wear the school uniform. If the school has opted for mandatory uniforms, and parents/guardians have submitted a written exemption to the principal, the dress requirements outlined below must be followed:

    Dress Requirements 

    1. Students' hair and clothes will be neat and clean. Hair may not be sprayed with any coloring that will drip when wet.
    2. Clothing which includes offensive language, insignias, pictures, and/or references to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, gangs, violence, and/or sex will not be worn.
    3. No gang colors or gang attire will be worn.
    4. Clothing will completely cover the torso, (no bare midriffs, tank tops, or strapless tops).
    5. Hats, caps, hairnets and knotted beanies will not be worn indoors.
    6. Sports logos and/or team emblems will not be worn on jackets, sweaters, tee shirts, jerseys, etc.
    7. Mini-skirts, short shorts, bike shorts, spandex clothing or tight leggings will not be worn. (Leggings can be worn only if a long top covers the mid-thigh). Mid-thigh shorts such as walking shorts are acceptable.
    8. Appropriately sized clothing will be worn (oversized shirts and baggy pants are not allowed).
    9. Shoes should be worn at all times.
    10. Makeup will not be worn.
    11. Tattoos and markings are not allowed.


    Consequences of Breaking the Dress Code:

        On the first occasion, parents/guardians will be notified to bring a change of clothing for their child. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, the student will use clothing available at the school. If the problem persists, any or all of the following may be required:

    1. A parent/guardian conference
    2. Send students home to change clothing
    3. School service performed by the student (i.e. pick up paper, clean bathrooms)
    4. Ineligibility for extracurricular activities (i.e. sports, field trips, assemblies)

         A site administrator has the responsibility for enforcement of policy. The principal, staff, students and parents/guardians at each school may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities. 


    Gang-Related Apparel:

         The District shall limit the definition of “gang-related apparel” to apparel that reasonably could be determined to threaten the health and safety of the school environment if it were worn or displayed on a school campus. [E.C. 32282] Because gang-related symbols are constantly changing, definitions of gang-related apparel shall be reviewed at least once each semester and updated whenever related information is received.