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The BOE is committed to providing a safe, productive and positive educational environment that reinforces the mission of the school system while respecting students’ First Amendment rights.

The Board provides standards for dress, recognizing that school administrators may impose additional standards specific to the needs of their individual schools, provided such standards balance the students’ First Amendment rights with the school’s need to maintain a safe and orderly school environment, and consideration is given to input from the school community. Standards are to be consistently and fairly applied to all students regardless of gender and are outlined in Policy 439.

School administrators may grant exceptions to the dress code based on disability, health reasons or for sincerely held religious beliefs if such accommodations are reasonable and do not pose a hardship for the school.

The school administrator may approve exceptions for spirit week celebrations or extracurricular and athletic-related purposes.