Bonita Unified School District
The Board of Education subscribes to the philosophy that students will be provided with a quality education in a safe, secure environment. The Board believes that school dress significantly influences student behavior. Further, students’ appearance should be neat, acceptable, and in keeping with the activities at the particular school while at school or at any school activity. The Board of Education is committed to providing school campuses that are free from the threats or harmful influence of any group or gang that advocates drug use, disruptive behavior, and/or illegal activities.
The principal of each school in the district, or designated representative, is hereby authorized and directed to send home or require a change of clothing for any student who has failed to prepare properly for school as set forth in this policy. Students who persist in violating the following general standards may be suspended in accordance with the law.
Student safety must always be at the foremost concern and the predominant criterion for the acceptability of student dress.
Standards for all Students
- All students are to give proper attention to personal cleanliness, and safety in dress and grooming.
- Clothing, hair, and accessories are to be neat, clean, safe, appropriately fitting, non-revealing, and non-distractive.
- No student is permitted to attend school if their appearance is disruptive to the operation and administration of the educational process.
- Clothing and attire that have the potential to cause a disruption of school activities will be prohibited.
- Clothing, jewelry, and/or accessories that may provoke others to acts of violence, may be disruptive to the educational environment, or may be used as weapons, including but not limited to gloves, hair nets, wristbands, belts, belt buckles, sharp ended piercing/jewelry, chains, and any gang-identified or unsafe items are prohibited.
- Clothing and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures, and any other insignia or indications that are profane, obscene, sexually suggestive, or that advocate racial, ethnic, sexual or religious prejudice, tagging, gambling, violence, the use of drugs or alcohol or any other illegal activity.
- Hats are allowed on campus, as long as they are worn properly and are not deemed a distraction to the learning environment. Students will remove hats upon request in offices, classrooms, and/or PE. For safety and identification of students, hoods are not allowed except on days of cold weather and/or rain.
- Footwear must be worn at all times. Students must wear footwear that is safe and appropriate for the learning environment. Middle school students must wear shoes that have a back or strap on the heel and have a platform of no more than 1 1/2 inches. Open toed sandals, slippers, and steel toed footwear are prohibited.
- Gang associated attire, which may include but is not limited to: belts, footwear, jackets, dark glasses not medically prescribed and worn in-doors, bandanas, hats, and/or headgear is prohibited.
- Shorts to the knee or longer worn with socks to the knee and/or bib overalls (unless both straps are buckled over the shoulders at all times) are prohibited.
- Clothing shall not be excessively revealing and must be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. Examples of clothing that may be inappropriate include, but are not limited to: short shorts/skirts, low-rise pants with high-rise underwear, see-through or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, razor back tank tops, muscle shirts, tank tops [with straps of less than one inch], tube tops, spaghetti strapped clothing, off-the-shoulder or low cut tops, and bare midriffs.
- Pajamas may NOT be worn to school outside of school spirit days sponsored by ASB.