School Board Policy Manual

Nevis Public Schools

Independent School District 308


Table of Contents

School Board Policy 504



The purpose of this policy is to enhance the education of students by establishing expectations of dress and grooming that are related to educational goals and community standards.


A. It is the policy of this school district to encourage students to be dressed appropriately for school activities and in keeping with community standards. This is a joint responsibility of the student and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s).

B. Appropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Clothing appropriate for the weather.

2. Clothing that does not create a health or safety hazard.

3. Clothing appropriate for the activity (i.e., physical education or the classroom).

C. Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Wearing clothing of extreme appearance which may affect the general welfare and/or safety of the school and students.

2. Shorts, skirts, and skorts should be an appropriate length. Skirts should be no shorter than four inches above the knee.

3. Inappropriate tank tops are not allowed for males or females.

4. A student’s midriff may not be exposed at any time during schoolhours. This rule applies to both females and males.

5. No headgear, excessively baggy pants, pajamas, slippers or coatswill be worn by any student during school hours except when approved by administration.

6. Clothing which displays or promotes products illegal for general student use or sexual innuendos are not acceptable.

7. No dangling chains of any kind.

8.Clothing that permits undergarments to show is not acceptable.

9. Exaggerated use of cosmetics, that is disrupting to the educational process is not permitted.

10. Book bags/ bags are not allowed in class.

11. Any apparel or footwear that would damage school property.

12. Hats are not allowed in the building except with the approval of the building principal (i.e., student undergoing chemotherapy; medical situations).

E. It is not the intention of this policy to 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.

F. “Gang,” as defined in this policy, means any ongoing organization, association or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, having as one of its primary activities the commission of one or more criminal acts, which has an identifiable name or identifying sign or symbol, and whose members individually or collectively engage in or whose members engaged in a pattern of criminal gang activity. “Pattern of gang activity” means the commission, attempt to commit, conspiring to commit, or solicitation of two or more criminal acts, provided the criminal acts were committed on separate dates or by two or more persons who are members of or belong to the same criminal street gang.


A. When, in the judgment of the administration, a student’s appearance, grooming, or mode of dress interferes with or disrupts the educational process or school activities, or poses a threat to the health or safety of the student or others, the student will be directed to make modifications or will be sent home for the day. Parents/guardians will be notified.

B. The administration may recommend a form of dress considered appropriate for a specific event and communicate the recommendation to students and parents/guardians.

C. Likewise, an organized student group may recommend a form of dress for students considered appropriate for a specific event and make such recommendation to the administration for approval.

Legal References:

U. S. Const., amend. I
Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503, 89 S.Ct. 733, 21 L.Ed.2d 731 (1969)
Stephenson v. Davenport Community School District, 110 F.3d 1303 (8th Cir. 1997)
Hicks v. Halifax County Board of Educ. , No. 98-CV-981-BR (E.D.N.C. 1999)
McIntire v. Bethel School, I.S.D. No. 3, 804 F. Supp. 1415, 78 Educ. L.Rep. 828 (W.D. Okla. 1992)
Olesen v. Board of Educ. of Sch. Dist. No. 228, 676 F. Supp. 822, 44 Educ. L. Rep. 205 (N.D. Ill. 1987)

Cross References:

School Board Policy 413 (Harassment and Violence)
School Board Policy 506 (Student Discipline)
School Board Policy 525 (Violence Prevention)