STUDENT DRESS CODE:
The Board of Education has established guidelines stating that students cannot remain at school if their attire poses a safety risk to themselves or other students, or if it disrupts the order on campus. In cases where the administration determines that a student's clothing violates this policy, the student will be asked to modify their attire to comply with the policy. Failure to comply with the administration's instructions may lead to disciplinary measures. (BP 5132)
Our goals are to promote a safe and positive learning environment. Apparel (clothing, jewelry, and accessories) that disrupts or distracts from the learning environment is not permitted.
Basic Principle: Students must dress in a manner that is not disruptive to the educational environment. Students must wear non-transparent clothing that protects and covers personal body parts. Clothing must completely cover the chest and buttocks at all times.
Students are NOT PERMITTED to wear:
1. Clothing displaying hate speech, profanity, pornography, obscenity, vulgarity, weapons, or any other questionable prints.
2. Slogans promoting tobacco, alcohol, drugs, sex, or anything that significantly interferes with schoolwork, creates disorder, or disrupts the educational process.
3. Images that create a hostile or intimidating environment based on a protected class.
4. Distracting jewelry, chains, or spiked jewelry could pose safety or health issues.
5. Gang-related attire (see specific details below).
Teachers may ask students to remove hats, hoods, or sunglasses while in the classroom.
Certain classes may have additional restrictions solely for safety reasons during specific activities (e.g., tying hair back, rolling up sleeves when using Bunsen burners, wearing PE uniforms, etc.).
GANG SYMBOLS, CLOTHING, AND ACCESORIES: The display, promotion, advertisement, suggestion, support, or encouragement of gang membership or affiliation through clothing, jewelry, accessories, symbols, hairstyles, hair bands, wristbands, lettering, colors, notebooks, drawings, or any other adornments is strictly prohibited. "Flashing" of colors or gestures is not allowed. Clothing, backpacks, shoes, laces, make-up, or any other form of adornment should not demonstrate or imply association with gangs or display gang-related symbols or colors. The administration has the discretion to enforce this policy. As symbols of gang affiliation evolve, school officials will collaborate with the Fairfield Police to keep the definition and enforcement of gang-related items and colors up to date. In the event of a dress code violation, students will be asked to report to the administration and will be given the opportunity to change into an approved garment. Repeated violations will result in progressive disciplinary action in line with other corrective measures for defiance of school policies.
This policy shall be applied at the discretion of the administration. Because symbols of gang affiliation change, school officials will work with the Fairfield Police to update the definition and enforcement of gang-related items and colors.
Consequences for not following the dress code are as followed:
Dress Code Violation
Verbal Warning/Reminded of Dress Code Policy Change of clothes & Teacher/administrator records violation in Aeries Parent/Guardian Notification After School Detention (1)
Verbal Warning/Reminded of Dress Code Policy Change of clothes & Teacher/administrator records violation in Aeries Parent/Guardian Notification Saturday School (1) Admin Conference
Verbal Warning/Reminded of Dress Code Policy Change of clothes & Teacher/administrator records violation in Aeries Parent/Guardian Notification Saturday School (2) Admin Conference
Students are encouraged not to bring expensive jackets, clothing, or shoes to campus. Vanden High School is not responsible for such articles.