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Dress Code

The district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. Students and parents may determine a student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following:

  • Students’ hair shall be clean, neat, and well-groomed. Hair styles, in the opinion of the administration, shall not cause a health or safety hazard or cause a disruption of the educational process. Acceptable NATURAL hair colors are brown, blonde, black and auburn.
  • Students shall wear clothing and under-garments in keeping with their gender.
  • Students’ undergarments will be covered at all times.
    • No flannel pants or pajamas will be allowed.
  • No half-length or bare-midriff shirts/blouses shall be worn. Shirt lengths should be long enough so that midsections shall be covered at all times.
    • Students should be able to raise their arms without exposing their midriff, regardless of whether or not a jacket or over-shirt is worn.
    • Clothing that exposes skin (see through garments, cutouts or holes in jeans, slacks, dresses or skirts, tank tops, spaghetti straps, sleeveless, strapless, etc.) will not be permitted.
  • All pants will be worn at waist level.
  • No cutoffs.
  • Spandex, tights, yoga pants, jeggings will only be allowed underneath clothing (shirts, dresses) that are of acceptable length (top of knee).
  • Hemmed shorts, split skirts, dresses and/or skirt lengths should be no shorter than the top of the knee cap. Slits must be no higher than the top of the knee.
  • Students shall wear shoes. No house shoes allowed. Some classes and/or class activities may require students to wear specific types of shoes (i.e. Ag Science, etc.). (No flip flops allowed at AJH. Both feet of the student should be constantly in contact with the soles of their shoes.)
  • No sunglasses worn in school buildings. (Also, no glasses shall be worn with lenses missing from the frames at AJH.)
  • Male students may wear two earrings. (Only one stud earring for males at AJH.)
  • No body piercings or body piercing spacers, gauges, cones, etc.
  • Male students may have a mustache. A mustache is limited to the upper lip and is not further than the corners of the mouth. The rest of the face and neck must be clean shaven. (Male students may not have facial hair at AJH.)
  • No exposed tattoos.
  • Students are not to wear/carry items with either pictures, logos, phrases, letters, or words printed on them that are obscene, or disruptive in the judgment of the school administration. This shall include, but shall not be limited to:
    • Clothing, book covers, jewelry, note books, and make-up, which have:
      • Satanic and/or gang-related symbols or expressions.
      • Nude/semi-nude figures
      • Pictures or logos of alcoholic beverages or tobacco
      • Logos associated with sexually explicit materials or symbols
      • Obscene gestures or words
      • Pictures that depict prohibited substances
      • Figures in sexually suggestive postures
    • Students are not to wear hats of any kind within school buildings unless approved by the administration for special occasions. “Hats” should be interpreted broadly and shall include caps, visors, bandannas, scarves or kerchiefs, and similar hat-like apparel.
    • Regulations in reference to grooming and dress for special activities such as athletics, fine arts, and drill team shall be governed by the immediate person in charge of these activities under the direction of the principal
    • Student ID’s must be worn on the student’s front side, between the shoulders and waist. The picture on the ID must be that of the student and cannot be modified in any way.

Students in violation will be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day, until the problem is corrected, or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

Not all potential issues could be covered or legislated, but the administration holds the right to determine if any dress or grooming habits may potentially cause a disruption to the educational process.