Dress and Grooming

The MBUSD subscribes to the philosophy that students will be provided with a quality education in a safe, secure and orderly environment. In this regard, the Board of Education has determined that the presence of certain types of clothing and attire can cause a substantial disruption or material interference with school activities. Therefore, it is necessary to establish a dress and grooming policy designed to address this issue.

The following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:

1. Shoes appropriate for school activities must be worn at all times. Footwear standards are concerned with the prevention of accidents and injury.

2. Clothing and jewelry shall be safe and free of writing, pictures or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice, or the use of drugs or alcohol.

3. No clothing, article of clothing, or manner of wearing clothes which is inappropriately revealing or distracting to the educational program will be tolerated. Shirts and tops must be long enough to cover the midriff when a student raises his/her arms. Bare midriffs and low cut shorts or slacks are not acceptable school attire. Underwear should not be visible.

4. Students shall follow school rules with regard to hats, caps and other head coverings. Students are expected to remove their caps while in the classroom.

5. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed and not disruptive to the educational process.

6. No student shall wear any article of clothing, jewelry or accessory which, in the opinion of the school administration, poses a threat to the physical well-being and safety of the student or others (e.g., spiked collars, chain wristbands, unsafe shoes, bare feet).

7. No clothing or any article of clothing (including, but not limited to, gloves, bandannas, hats, shoes, shoestrings, wristbands, jewelry), or manner of wearing clothing, related to a group or gang which may provoke others to act violently or to be intimidated by fear of violence, shall be worn on campus or at any school activity. Gang-related clothing may vary and may change from year to year. Consequently, the principal or his/her designee shall have the authority to identify and disallow such gang attire.

Parents will be immediately informed by the school of any violations of these guidelines and asked to make appropriate adjustments before their child is allowed to return to school. A student who arrives at school without personal cleanliness or neatness of dress may be sent home to be properly prepared for school.