Dress Code Review

Background

In May 2021 during their annual report, students with the district’s InterSchool Council asked for a review of the CUSD Dress Code, especially in terms of leggings and enforcement. Following their request, the Governing Board and administration made plans to conduct a thorough review of the dress code to be held this school year.

Purpose & Parameters

The 2021 Dress Code review has a clearly identified purpose as well as parameters within which any discussion or recommendations will be considered.

Purpose of Dress Code Review:
  • Consider perceptions and facts related to consistency and manner of enforcement
  • Determine if the Dress Code in its current form fulfills its purpose and parameters
  • Determine if there are areas that warrant revision because of conflicts with purpose and parameters

Parameters:
The following parameters are in place to ensure Clovis Unified’s Dress and Grooming policy meets its purpose and intent to support student safety, student hygiene, prepare students for their future, and establish a learning environment focused on education.
  • Gender Neutral
  • Legally Compliant
  • Accessible to All Families
  • Consistently Enforced
  • Addresses Potential Safety Threats to Students

Findings & Recommendations

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Timeline

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    FAQs

    Q. Why does the district have a dress code?
    A. In Clovis Unified, the dress code is a regular part of student life for the purpose of establishing safety, a physically healthy environment through good hygiene, standards for behavior, and a focus on education. Safety is the key component and purpose for our dress code, as it both creates standards of dress and grooming that promote physical safety, as well as to promote a mutually respectful and safe environment on campus (excluding gang related, profane or hate-motivated attire or slogans, etc.). The dress code exists as part of the district's overall mission to prepare and equip students to be successful in life after high school, and in our annual parent survey, it is consistently strongly supported. 

    Q. Why is the dress code being reviewed now?
    A. The district has regularly updated its dress code to ensure that it remains reflective of existing law and of its community’s expectations. In May 2021, the Governing Board heard a report from student members of our InterSchool Council (ISC) as part of an annual process that looks at data related to the District’s dress code. At that time, the Board asked the administration to conduct a review of the dress code this school year based on the ISC’s specific request to revisit the dress code requirements around leggings, along with consistent enforcement of the dress code, about which some in the community have expressed concern.

    Q. Is the dress code different for males and females?
    A. Our dress code is gender neutral.

    Q. What if my student's culture or religion requires something that does not fit within the district's dress code guidelines?
    A. There are cultural waivers available in our current dress code process that also allow us to be responsive to student needs based on an individual’s cultures or religious background.

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