Dress Code

We’re focused on creating a healthy and safe learning environment where ALL students can be their best in mind, body and spirit, and our dress code and its enforcement are key ingredients to achieving our goal.
 

The dress code exists as part of our overall mission to prepare and equip students to be successful in life after high school. We believe that attention to appearance and a student’s attitude toward self and school are related. Good grooming, and appropriateness of attire are a part of learning for all students. However, we recognize that students’ mode of dress and grooming is a manifestation of their personal style and individual preference. We believe that students and parents can freely choose apparel that demonstrates individuality, as well as maintain the standards of appropriateness.


In January 2022, the Clovis Unified Governing Board updated the district’s dress code following a months-long, extensive review with students, parents and staff. These modifications work to ensure Clovis Unified’s dress code continues to fulfill its purposes to:
 1)    Support Student Safety
 2)    Promote Health & Hygiene
 3)    Prepare Students for their Future, and
 4)    Establish a Learning Environment Focused on Education
 
The dress code applies to all students in grades TK-12. Use of best practices for dress code enforcement is part of ensuring that the dress code remains a positive part of our school climate, and gives clarity to what is acceptable. 

 

In annual surveys, a high majority of parents consistently voice their support of the district's dress code.


For the complete Governing Board Dress Code Board Policy (including Administrative Regulations and Exhibits) in its entirety, click here, and see below for additional information.
Dress Code Examples
Wondering if a particular fashion style is in dress code? We've provided some examples of what is, and is not, in dress code under the district's policy.
Dress Code Enforcement
If not in dress code, what can students, parents and staff expect when the dress code is enforced at school? Best practices define how staff interacts with students who are out of dress code, and we've created helpful resources outlining these practices for your reference here.

Video: Dress Code Updates - January 2022

The following video was created to illustrate the January 2022 updates to Clovis Unified's dress code. Click below to watch.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. 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.

Q. What if I am unsure if an article of clothing follows the dress code?
A. Prior to wearing, bring the item by the school office for input.

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