The District encourages students to take pride in their attire as it relates to the school setting. Students should dress in a manner that, in addition to the following guidelines, takes into consideration the educational environment, safety, health, and welfare of self and others.
A. Students must wear a shirt with pants or skirt or the equivalent (dress, leggings, or shorts).
B. Clothing must not be see-through and must cover a student’s undergarments, chest and torso when standing or sitting.
C. Shoes must be worn at all times. Closed shoes are to be worn for any type of physical activity, such as physical education, et cetera.
D. Jewelry shall not be worn if it presents a safety hazard.
E. Clothing, accessories and/or jewelry may not state, imply, or depict hate speech/imagery targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other protected classification.
F. Students may wear clothing, accessories and jewelry that display religious/cultural messages or religious/cultural symbols in the same manner and to the same extent that other types of clothing, accessories and jewelry that display messages or symbols are permitted.
G. Subject to the above, any item that conceals the eyes, ears, or mouth (i.e., sunglasses, hoodies, etc.) may not be worn in a classroom or school building, except for properly approved occupational safety headgear required for special classes or if authorized by a school administrator or authorized/prescribed by a medical professional.
H. Obscene language or symbols, or symbols of drugs, sex, or alcohol on clothing are expressly prohibited.
I. Students may not wear clothing, accessories and/or jewelry with images, symbols, slogans, words or phrases that are profane, discriminatory or defamatory or that is worn with the intent to convey affiliation with a criminal street gang as defined in A.R.S. 13-105.
J. Hats and sunglasses may be worn outside.
K. During an epidemic or a pandemic when social distancing is not possible, cloth face coverings must be worn at all times while on any District property, in any District facility, at any District event, whether indoors or outdoors, and in any District vehicle, including District buses or vehicles rented or leased by the District unless a student is:
- Under the age of two (2);
- Unable to wear a mask due to a health condition as evidenced by a licensed healthcare provider's note;
- Unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance; or
- Subject to a 504 Plan or individualized education program (IEP) that makes wearing a face covering impossible. These students will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine whether there are additional accommodations that may be made to provide them with the greatest possible protection.
The Superintendent may make exceptions to the requirement to wear a cloth face covering while keeping in mind the health and safety of everyone involved.
Cloth face coverings are to fully cover a person’s nose and mouth, ideally fitting snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face and under the chin. They are to remain affixed in place without the use of one’s hands and are to not have holes. They are to be laundered regularly or disposed of appropriately.
A cloth face covering does not replace the need for frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and practicing physical distancing (six feet [6'] away) to the extent possible. Individuals are to be reminded to avoid touching their cloth face covering and to wash their hands frequently. To ensure the proper use of cloth face coverings, staff and students are to be educated on how to wear and care for their cloth face coverings.
Exceptions for special activities or health considerations may be preapproved by the administrator.
Students who volunteer for extracurricular activities, such as athletics, band, chorus, et cetera, are subject to the standards of dress as defined by the sponsors of such activities.