Student Services :: Dress Code

As specified in Washoe County School District administrative regulations (5132), “the dress or grooming of all students must not present potential health or safety problems or cause distractions.” Specific prohibitions or limitations include, but are not limited to, the following:

Condition and Wear of Clothing

  1. Nothing that distracts or poses a safety hazard.
  2. No holes, rips, or tears that reveal the body.
  3. No tight-fitting or revealing clothing.

Safety

  1. No heavy winter coats inside.
  2. No clothing that can pose a potential health or safety problem.
  3. No gloves inside the building; no single glove at any time.
  4. No jewelry or chains that can cause injury.
  5. No hanging chains.
  6. No metal-spiked or metal-studded accessories.

Tops/Skirts/Dresses

  1. Tops must cover the upper- and middle-torso at all times.
  2. Skirts must cover the lower torso with no skin showing between top and skirt.
  3. Skirts and dresses must be at least mid-thigh in length; no mini-skirts.
  4. No exposed undergarments.
  5. No halter, tank or tube tops; no transparent(s)/guardian(s), half or muscle shirts.
  6. No exposed shoulders.
  7. No low-cut necklines, exposed cleavage, or spaghetti straps.
  8. No pajamas, lounge wear, or bath robes.
  9. Inappropriate tops may not be covered with sheer shirts, sweatshirts or jackets.

Pants/Shorts

  1. Must cover lower torso with no skin showing between top and pants/shorts.
  2. No exposed undergarments.
  3. No sagging pants or shorts.
  4. No single rolled-up pant leg.
  5. No exposed buttocks.
  6. Belt buckle monograms must be appropriate.
  7. No hanging or extended belt lengths.
  8. No unfastened overalls.
  9. No cut-offs.
  10. Shorts must be hemmed and at least mid-thigh in length.
  11. No mini-shorts; no spandex shorts.

Head Coverings

  1. No head coverings or sunglasses brought in the building during school hours.
  2. Head coverings (hats) will be returned to parent(s)/guardian(s) only.
  3. Exceptions are made for religious or medical reasons.
  4. No bandanas (all colors), do-rags (all colors), hairnets, surgical/shower caps, or hair picks at any time on campus or at any school-sponsored event.

Footwear

  1. Proper footwear at all times.
  2. No house slippers.

Language/Illustrations on Clothing

  1. No obscene, vulgar, profane, or derogatory language or illustrations on clothing.
  2. No sexual overtones, or anything that promotes weapons, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, gang membership, or violence.
  3. Nothing that may be deemed a safety issue.

Gang Attire

All items that have been identified as gang-related by local law enforcement agencies and Washoe County School District school police are prohibited. These may include, but are not, limited to:

  1. No dangling belts.
  2. No chains.
  3. No unfastened overalls.
  4. No sagging pants/shorts.
  5. No single rolled-up pant leg.
  6. No hairnets, bandanas, or do-rags (all colors).
  7. No blue or red shoelaces on footwear at any time; other colors may be deemed inappropriate as necessary to protect student safety on campus.
  8. No altered insignias or graffiti.
  9. No jewelry or belt buckles symbolizing any gangs.
  10. No graffiti in or on personal belongings symbolizing any identified gang.

Consequences

At the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, if a student violates the dress code he/she will be given a warning by school staff. School staff will notify school administrators with the student’s name. School administrators will notify parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of the warning. The student must correct the clothing violation at that time, prior to returning to his/her class schedule. Refusal to change clothes will constitute insubordination. After the first five (5) school days of the 2008-2009 school year, the warning system will be terminated and the following sequential and progressive discipline plan will be followed:

First Offense
  1. Parent(s)/guardian(s) notified;
  2. Student must change clothing violation;
  3. Student assigned detention;
  4. Student warned of consequences for second violation; and
  5. Consequence/conference entered in student discipline documentation.

Second Offense
  1. Parent(s)/guardian(s) notified;
  2. Student must change clothing violation;
  3. In-school suspension;
  4. Student warned of consequence for third offense; and
  5. Consequence/conference entered in student discipline documentation.

Third Offense
  1. Parent(s)/guardian(s) notified;
  2. Student must change clothing violation;
  3. Out-of-school suspension assigned;
  4. Warned that any further violations will result in multiple days of suspension; and
  5. Consequence/conference entered in student discipline documentation.