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Dress Code Policy

The Moreland School District Governing Board believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment (BP 5132). The Board expects students to wear clothing that is suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Students shall not wear clothing that presents a health or safety hazard or is likely to cause a substantial disruption to the educational program. (cf. 4119.22/4219.22/4319.22 - Dress and Grooming)

Students shall not be prohibited from dressing in a manner consistent with their gender identity or gender expression or with their religious or cultural observance. (cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment) (cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

The dress code shall not be enforced in a manner that discriminates against a particular viewpoint or results in a disproportionate application of the dress code based on students' gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, household income, or body type or size. (cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities) (cf. 0415 - Equity) (cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)


Dress Code 

Your clothing and general appearance must be clean, safe, and appropriate for school. If it is determined  that your clothing is inappropriate for school, parents may be contacted, and students will be required to change into clothing that meets our dress code policy. (EC 35183) Administrative discretion applies for all dress code rules. 


Minimum Attire Standards

Student attire must permit the student to participate in learning without posing a risk to the health or safety of any student or school district personnel.

  • Students must wear clothing, including a shirt with pants or skirt, or the equivalent (for example dresses, leggings, or shorts).
  • Shoes must be appropriate for the activity. For example, athletic shoes must be worn during PE. Closed-toed shoes at all times are recommended. For safety purposes, slippers and slides are not allowed at school.
  • Clothing with holes (ripped jeans) must cover all areas outlined (see diagram).
  • Hats and hoodies are permitted outside.
  • Clothing must cover the chest and a majority of the lower torso (see diagram). Strapless items of clothing are not permitted; tops must have some type of straps over the shoulders.          
  • Clothing must cover undergarments including sports bras and bralettes. Pants or skirts must sit at hip level. Visible waistbands or straps on undergarments worn under other clothing are not a violation. 
  • Clothing covering the chest and lower torso must not be see-through.
  • Blankets and stuffed animals are not included in our attire standards and should remain at home.
  • Gang-related apparel is prohibited.
  • Clothing must not have offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, pornography, or depicting or advocating violence or the use of alcohol or drugs.

Possible Consequences for Dress Code Violations  

  • The student will be directed to cover, change, or remove the non-complying attire.
  • Parent/guardian contact.
  • Parent and student conference with an administrator.

Electronic Devices and Cell Phone Policy

Possession of Electronic Devices and Cell Phones

Students may be in possession of electronic devices and cell phones, providing that these devices do not disrupt the educational program or school activities. All electronic devices shall remain off and away during the instructional day and at any other time as directed by a school employee. The  instructional day is defined as 8:00 a.m. through the end of the last period of the day. Students  may use cell phones before and after school and during school-related events, provided they are not disruptive to the event. 

Additional Information

  • The taking or transmitting of pictures or videos on a phone is strictly prohibited at any time during the school day. 
  • No student shall be prohibited from possessing or using an electronic device that is determined by a licensed physician or surgeon to be essential for the student's health and  the use of which is limited to health-related purposes. (Education Code 48901.5)  
  • If students prefer, they are welcome to check-in their phones at the office upon arrival and may pick them up immediately at the end of the school day. 
  • Students may not use headphones/AirPods/Beats, Bluetooth devices, or cell phones during the school day. The only exception is if a student uses the headphones and/or cell phone for educational purposes under their teacher’s direct supervision. 
  • Please carefully consider the monetary value of cell phones before sending them to school  with students. Students who bring electronic devices to school do so at their own risk. The school and/or district is not responsible for lost or stolen electronics.

In the event that a student must get in contact with a parent or guardian, he/she should ask the teacher to use the classroom phone or go to the main office to make the call rather than using his/her cell phone.

Consequences for Electronic Devices/Cellular Phones/Headphones 

First offense

Verbal warning, reminder of policy

Second Offense

Verbal warning, reminder of policy, teacher contacts parents by phone or email 

Third Offense

Device held in office, student pick up after school, office email to parent

Fourth Offense

Administration contacts parents, disciplinary referral, parents may need to pick-up devices/phones from the office

Locker Room

Any cell phones used in the PE locker rooms will be confiscated immediately due to privacy concerns.