6.20 - School Dress Code and Student Appearance

  • A student’s appearance, including dress and grooming, must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching/learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency. Appropriate procedures for handling students who dress or groom inappropriately have been developed by the Superintendent.

    Compliance Guidelines:

    • Body - Jewelry, piercings, tattoos, and other accessories (e.g. belts, head adornments, etc.) must be in good taste and non-disruptive to the educational environment.  Excessive jewelry, piercings, tattoos and other accessories are often disruptive to others as well as the learning environment and will be dealt with as outlined in the Round Lake Area Schools discipline policies.
    • Head Coverings - Head coverings, with the exception of religious garb, and bandanas are prohibited.
    • Pants & Shorts - Pants should be tasteful and properly fitted.  Pant legs must be equal in length and provide a fit which is suitable to the build and stature of the student. Shorts should be long enough to at least touch the fingertips of the student with an extended arm. Any rips or slits in clothing must be below fingertip length. Pants and shorts should be pulled up to a level where undergarments are not visible.  Pajama bottoms should only be worn at designated school events.
    • Skirts - All skirts should be long enough to at least touch the fingertips of the student with an extended arm.  
    • Shoes - Shoes need to be appropriate for the school environment.
    • Tops - All tops should cover the midriff and back areas.  The chest area should be adequately covered. Undergarments should not be visible.
    • All clothing, body art, jewelry, or accessories which represent gangs, drugs, alcohol, violence, tobacco, and/or are sexual in nature, are in violation of the behavior expectations of Round Lake Area Schools.

    Cross-reference:
    Round Lake Area Schools Community Unit District 116 Policy 7:160, Student Appearance