Dress Code

Dress Code: Reasonable care and neatness in regard to dress and appearance is required of all students.  Shoes must be worn on campus and in the classroom.  The SBSD dress code is enforced at Santa Barbara High and the general atmosphere of a school must be conducive to learning.  Should a student’s general attire or appearance represent a danger to his/her health or welfare or attracts undue attention to the extent that it becomes a disruptive factor in the school, the principal, designee, or teacher will ask the student to make the necessary changes.  In the event the change does not take place in the time allowed, the principal/designee will prescribe the necessary action to be taken by the school under the rules and regulations prescribed by the State Education Code and the School Board Polices.  In addition, it is recognized that the school shares with parents a responsibility for teaching its youth appropriateness of dress.  In the interest of health, safety, cleanliness, decency and decorum among students the following regulations have been adopted by the Board of Education:


In general, wearing apparel will be determined at the discretion of the parent.  However, at any time when there is evidence that a choice of clothing or a student’s appearance potentially endangers the student’s health or safety, or otherwise interferes with the educational process and mission of the school, the school staff will intervene and take corrective action.

·         In all matters relating to individual dress and grooming, students are required to exercise good judgment, exhibit responsible behavior and endeavor to reflect respect for themselves, their school, and their community.

·         Students are expected to follow all school rules governing safety and specialized programs that may require the wearing of protective clothing, safety glasses or other similar equipment.

·         Clothing and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, which bear any symbol or insignia of alcohol or drugs, that is inflammatory, or indicates/advocates hatred based on group membership.

·         The wearing of clothing that represents any group, gang, organization, or philosophy which advocates violence or disruption, has any history of violence or disruption of the objectives of the school’s instructional program is unacceptable.

·         Clothes must fit properly and must conceal undergarments at all times.  See-through or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, spaghetti swaps, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited.  

·         Shirts must be worn on campus during the school day.

·         Clothing that is unduly revealing or attire which detracts in any way (e.g., displaying inappropriate messages) from the educational mission of the school’s instructional program is unacceptable.

·         Coaches and teachers may impose more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports and/or classes.

·         Prior to sending students to the office/administration for dress code violations, teachers will talk to students about their dress and seek voluntary compliance with the policy.
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