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Student Dress Code

Wm. S. Hart Union High School District Dress Code


  • Maintaining a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed. Examples include:
    • Science labs: eye and body protection, closed-toed shoes
    • Physical Education: athletic attire, athletic shoes
    • Athletics: Safety Equipment
    • Performing Groups: Team or group costumes
  • Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type, body size, religion, and personal style.


Our dress code sets out to accomplish the following goals:

  • Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed, such as chemistry/biology (eye or body protection), dance (bare feet, tights/leotards), or PE (athletic attire/shoes).
  • Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender/gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type/size, religion, and personal style.
  • Allow students to wear clothing of their choice that is comfortable.
  • Allow students to wear clothing that expresses their self-identified gender.
  • Allow students to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination.
  • Prevent students from wearing clothing with offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, and pornography.
  • Prevent students from wearing clothing with images or language depicting or advocating violence or the use of alcohol or drugs.


Student attire and grooming must permit the student to participate in learning without posing a risk to the health or safety of any student or school district personnel.

  1. Students must wear clothing including both a shirt with pants or skirt, or the equivalent (for example dresses, leggings, or shorts) and shoes. Strapless garments are not permitted.
  2. Shirts and dresses must have fabric to cover the front, the back, and the sides.  
  3. Clothing must cover undergarments (waistbands and straps excluded). Undergarments, alone, cannot be worn in place of a shirt or top.
  4. Fabric must fully cover breasts, genitals and buttocks and must be solid/opaque.
  5. Hats and other headwear must allow the face to be visible to staff, and not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff. Hoodies must allow the face and ears to be visible to school staff. 
  6. Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including physical education, science labs, wood shop, and other activities where unique hazards exist. 
  7. Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear. 
  8. Attire or grooming depicting or advocating violence, images of weapons, criminal activity, use of alcohol or drugs, pornography, or hate speech are prohibited. All students are expected to comply with the requirements of this policy. Specifically: 

  • Clothing may not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
  • Clothing may not depict pornography, nudity or sexual acts. 
  • Clothing may not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected classification. 
  • Clothing, including gang identifiers, as identified by law enforcement, must not pose a threat to the health or safety of any other student or staff.

Parent Responsibility 

The responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rests with the student and their parents or guardians. Parents or guardians are responsible for ensuring student compliance with the school dress code. 

Student Responsibility 

All students at all schools are responsible for complying with the district dress code during school hours and school activities. 

Staff Responsibility 

To equitably enforce the district dress code, teachers, administrators and all school staff must be notified of the policy at the beginning of the school year. School staff will work with students on an individual basis to address concerns as they arise. 


Administrative discretion will be utilized to consistently enforce the dress code. Remedies include, but are not limited to: change of loaner clothing provided to students, parent contact, detention, parent/student conference, and/or loss of privileges.