All apparel must comply with North Monterey County Unified School District Dress Code. The dress code shall be in effect at all school-related activities both on and off campus, including, but not limited to, activities such as dances, award ceremonies, field trips, and athletic events.
The Board shall authorize school regulations that prohibit student dress or grooming practices which:
1. Present a hazard to the health or safety of the student himself or others in the school.
2. Cause excessive wear or damage to school property.
3. Prevent the student from achieving his/her own educational objectives because of blocked vision or restricted movement.
4. Clothing or styles used by some students to identify groups or gangs whose purpose is to intimidate or harass.
5. Distract from or otherwise impede the learning process because of their extreme style (i.e. piercing, unnatural hair color) or attire that is too revealing.
Guidelines for Dress Code
The following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities: Where some schools have adopted a school uniform policy – additional information will be provided.
1. Shoes must be worn at all times, on campus and at school functions Sandals must have heel straps. Thongs or backless shoes or sandals are not acceptable
2. Clothing, jewelry and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, 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, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice
3. Hats, caps and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors (except for religious beliefs). The only acceptable headwear is official Condor hats and beanies.
4. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited
5. Gym shorts may not be worn in classes other than physical education
6. Hair styles which draw undue attention and detract from the educational environment are not acceptable; i.e. unusual designs, colors, Mohawks, tails, or unusual razor cuts
7. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Hair may not be sprayed by any coloring that would drip when wet.
8. Attire which may be used as a weapon may not be worn, including but not limited to steel toed boots, chains, items with spikes or studs, and other items deemed inappropriate by the principal and/or school site council
9. Administrative exceptions may be made in regard to grooming and dress. These exceptions, verified by the administrator, shall include (but will not be limited to):
- Sincerely held religious beliefs
- Valid medical reasons
10. Gangs… Clothing, headgear, and symbols related to gang activities is prohibited (i.e. tags, logos, insignias, bandannas, buckles, sport team or city names)
The principal, staff and parents/guardians, in collaboration with local law enforcement, participating in the development of the school safety plan shall define "gang-related apparel" and shall limit this definition 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. (Education Code 32282, BP# 5132)
Consequences of Dress and Grooming Code Violations
Standard Violations: Persistent violations of this regulation or locally adopted supplemental regulations shall be considered to be willful defiance of directives under Education Code section 48900(k). As such for multiple violations, students will be subject to discipline as follows:
- First Violation: Home contact and the violator will be required to change clothing, hair style or cosmetic
- Second Violation: Home contact and alternative to suspension or suspension if student refuses alternative
- Third Violation: Home contact and suspension
- Fourth Violation: Further disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion, is the discretion of the District as permitted by state law and/or district policy/regulation
If a parent/guardian or student disagrees with the site administrator’s decision on a standard violation, the parent/guardian or student may attempt to resolve the problem by requesting a personal conference with the site administrator.
Dangerous or Disruptive Violations
Dress and grooming violations that cause actual disruption of the educational environment, result in actual violation of law or other school rules, including hate-crime laws, or cause actual injury may result, is the discretion of the District Administration, in more serious disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion without regard to the steps set forth above for standard violations.