500-504 Student Dress and Appearance


SERIES: 500 Students
SUBJECT: 504 Student Dress and Appearance

The school district shall encourage and establish expectations of dress and grooming that are appropriate for school activities and in keeping with community standards.   A student’s appearance, grooming, or mode of dress shall not disrupt the educational process or pose a threat to the health or safety of the student or others.  Students violating this policy will be directed to make modifications in their clothing or will be sent home for the day.  These expectations and rules for enforcement shall be conveyed to students and parents in school handbooks and procedures.

The school district shall not abridge the rights of students to express political, religious, philosophical, or similar opinions by wearing apparel on which such messages are stated.  Such messages are acceptable as long as they are not lewd, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, profane or do not advocate violence or harassment against others or advocate activities that are illegal for minors.

When in the judgement of administration, a students appearance or dress interferes with or disrupts the educational process or school activities, the student will be directed to make modifications or will be sent home for the day.

Legal References:
U.S. Constitution, First Amendment.
Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503, 89S Ct. 733,  21 L.Ed.2d 731 (1969).
Stephenson v. Davenport Community School District, 110 F.3d 1303 (8th cir. 1997).
McIntire v. Bethel School, I.S.D. No. 3, 804 F Supp. 1415, 78 Educ.L.Rep. 828 (W.D. Okla. 1992)
Oleson v. Board of Educ. Of Sch. Dist. No. 228, 676 F. Supp. 822, 44 Educ. L. Rep. 205 (N.D. III.1987).

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Hibbing, MN 55746

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