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Central Bay High School Dress and Grooming Code

Dress and Grooming Code


In an effort to support our conditions for learning where we collectively strive to create a space where students are safe, students are supported, students are challenged, and students are socially capable; the following Dress and Grooming Board Policy is in place.


The Governing Board believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The Board 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 is likely to cause a substantial disruption to the educational program. (BP 5132)


The following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:


  1. Clothing, jewelry, and personal items shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia which is vulgar, lewd, obscene, profane, or sexually suggestive or which promotes the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or other illegal activity. Attached to this guideline you will find a list of currently identified drug, alcohol and gang related lifestyle apparel that is not acceptable for school use.


  1. Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times.


  1. Hats, caps, and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors. Students shall be allowed to wear sun-protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day.  (Education Code 35183.5)
  2. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments. See-through tops and bare abdomens are prohibited.


The dress code shall be modified as appropriate to accommodate a student's religious or cultural observance, health condition, or other circumstance deemed necessary by the principal or designee. In addition, the principal or designee may impose dress requirements to accommodate the needs of special school activities, physical education classes, athletic activities, and other extracurricular and co-curricular activities.


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)


Guidelines for Dress Code

The following guidelines shall apply to all on campus and off campus school activities..

  1. Shoes must be worn at all times. 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 prejudice based upon racial, ethnic, religion, national origin or immigration status. 
  3. Hats, caps and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors (except for religious beliefs) 
  4. The only acceptable headwear is official Condor hats or beanies, or headwear that is solid black, grey or white in color without a logo.
  5. 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 that are considered too revealing and are shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited.
  6. Gym shorts may not be worn in classes other than physical education.
  1. Coaches and teachers may impose more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports or classes. (High School Administration must approve the request of the coach or teacher prior to action.)
  2. Attire or items 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 a safety concern and

      inappropriate by the high school administration.

  1. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Hair may not be sprayed by any coloring that would drip

      when wet.

  1. 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):
    1. Sincerely held religious beliefs
    2. Valid medical reasons


Progressive Discipline of Dress and Grooming Code Violations

Standard Violations: 

Students will be required to groom and/or change clothing when apparel or grooming is in violation of Dress and Grooming Code (BP 5132, AR 5132). Apparel in violation will be confiscated upon each incident.  All items confiscated will be held in a locked container and released to the student and/or parent within 24 hours of incident.


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.


Students with persistent (more than 3 in one school year) or egregious violations (unsafe or harmful to others) of the dress and grooming code will be subject to the progressive discipline plan as follows:


First Notice of Habitual Violation: The student will be counseled by school guidance team member and be required to change clothing and/or confiscation of items (released to student).

Second Notice of Habitual Violation: Change of clothing and/or confiscation of items (released to student) and student conference resulting in student dress code agreement.

Third Notice of Habitual Violation: Parent/ Guardian contact, change of clothing and/or confiscation of items (released to parent/guardian), and afterschool detention.

Fourth Notice of Habitual Violation: Parent/ Guardian contact, change of clothing and/or confiscation of items (released to parent/guardian). Further disciplinary action, up to a behavior contract, and/or suspension/expulsions will be under the discretion of the high school administration and district office as permitted by state law and/or district policy/regulation.


Dangerous or Disruptive Violations

Dress and grooming violations that cause actual disruptions of the educational environment, that result in actual violation of law or other school rules, including hate-crime laws, or  that cause actual injury may result in district administration contacting local law enforcement agencies. It is the discretion of the District Administration, to initiate more serious disciplinary actions, with consequences up to and including expulsion; depending upon the nature and seriousness of the incident.