Recognizing the important role that the District’s staff plays in setting an example for students and by the image of the school system they project in the community, the Board expects staff to exercise good judgment in their choices concerning dress and grooming while at work or while performing work-related activities.

The following guidelines shall apply:

A. Staff is to dress in a manner consistent with their responsibilities and reasonable standards of professionalism, safety, cleanliness, and hygiene.

B. Instructional staff, office staff and administrators are not to wear jeans, t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, tank tops or athletic wear except at the discretion of the building administrator. It is recognized that certain teaching assignments or special activities (e.g., field trips, field days) may require exceptions to this policy.

C. Dress and grooming shall provide appropriate role modeling for students.

D. Dress and grooming should promote a learning environment that is free from unnecessary disruption or distraction.

E. Staff members may be required to wear protective clothing or equipment as mandated by law or regulations or as necessary to provide a safe work environment. Building administrators and department supervisors are expected to counsel staff assigned to their buildings on the intent of this policy and their appearance as it relates to the educational environment.

Adopted: April 13, 1999
Revised: October 14, 2003
Reviewed: December 1, 2009

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