School Dress Code
Per the SUSD Code of Conduct:
Student dress and grooming are generally a matter of personal choice. However, the District recognizes that there is a relationship between student dress and student success, school pride, the safety and general welfare of students and staff, and the accomplishments of the curriculum goals and educational objectives.
Accordingly, District dress and grooming standards prohibit student dress or grooming that, in the judgment of the school administration:
A. Presents a risk to the health, safety or general welfare of students, staff, or others.
B. Interferes with or disrupts the educational environment or process.
C. Is counterproductive to curriculum goals or educational objectives.
D. Produces disorder or creates an atmosphere of threat, intimidation or undue pressure.
E. Causes excessive wear or damage to school property.
Student dress that violates these standards includes, without limitation, apparel that
a) displays or suggests obscene language or symbols,
b) presents undergarments or sleepwear as outerwear, or
c) exposes the back, chest, abdomen, midriff, genital area, or buttocks
Other areas of particular concern include the following:
Dress that Advocates Drugs, Alcohol, or Tobacco:
A.R.S. §15-712 permits instruction on the nature and harmful effects of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. It is illegal for minors to possess these substances. Clothing or accessories that display these substances or are deemed to advocate or encourage the use of these substances are counterproductive to the District’s curriculum goals and educational objectives. These items are, therefore, prohibited.
Footwear and Safety Dress:
Footwear must be worn at all times. In addition, students are expected to comply with safety dress requirements for specific classes such as industrial technology, life management, physical education, and chemistry.
Students may wear hats or visors that do not otherwise violate the student dress code, but only in those schools / classrooms where the school/instructor has given the students permission. Regardless of the foregoing, students shall remove their hat or visor when requested to do so by a member of the administration, faculty or staff.
The Governing Board desires to keep District schools and students free from the threat of harmful influences by any group or gang that advocates drug use or disruptive behavior. Therefore, the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook, or manner of dress or grooming that by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or any other attribute, denotes or implies membership in or affiliation with such a group is prohibited because of the potential disruption of the educational process or threat to the safety of other students.
Consequences for Violation:
In addition to any disciplinary action taken pursuant to Article B, students who violate the District’s dress standards may be asked to do any of the following, depending upon the specific circumstances:
• Turn inappropriate clothing inside out
• Change into clothing that may be provided by the school
• Have other clothing brought to school
• Remove the accessory