Dress Code

Gilbert Public Schools

Student Dress Code

The Board recognizes that each student's mode of dress and grooming is a manifestation of personal style and individual preference. The Board will not interfere with the right of students and their parents to make decisions regarding their appearance except when their choices affect the educational program of the schools or the health and safety of others.

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to develop and enforce school regulations prohibiting student dress or grooming practices that:
  • 1.  Present a hazard to the health or safety of the student or to others in the school.
  • 2.  Materially interfere with school work, create disorder, or disrupt the educational program.
  • 3.  Cause excessive wear or damage to school property.
  • 4.  Prevent students from achieving their educational objectives because of blocked vision or restricted movement.
  • 5.  Represent membership in negative student groups.
  • 6.  Are counterproductive to curriculum goals as formulated by the District and mandated by state law.

Obscene language or symbols, or symbols of weapons, sex, drugs, or alcohol on clothing are expressly prohibited.

In support of the educational environment, the following guidelines have been established. These guidelines include, but are not limited to:

*Tops with 2 inch minimum strap-width on each shoulder
*Shirts and tops need to be long enough to cover midriff
*Clothing must modestly cover under arm, back, cleavage, and chest area
*Clothing must cover the undergarments and buttocks
*Shorts, skirts and dresses must be modest in length
*Shoes must be worn at all times
*Pants and shorts must be worn to fit, no bagging or sagging

Prohibited Items Include But Not Limited To:

  • *Fabric can't be see-through
  • *Tank top underwear
  • *Tattered and torn clothing
  • *Trench coats
  • *Clothing items identified by a school administrator and/or a law enforcement official as negative or gang affiliated and/or
  •                              carry the potential to create intimidation and violence.
  • *Clothing that references drug/alcohol
  • *Clothing, backpacks, binders, jewelry, or tattoos that displays offensive symbols, inappropriate or negative messages
  • *Bare feet and slippers without rubber soles
  • *Shoes with wheels (Heelys)
  • *Hairstyles considered disruptive to the educational process
  • *Hats that are altered from their original forms
  • *Hair nets, do-rags
  • *Bandanas worn in an inappropriate manner
  • *Jewelry or accessories that could present a safety hazard
  • *Body piercings that pose a safety hazard or distract from the educational process
  • *Contact lenses that distract from the educational process

School administrators will make the final decision regarding the appropriateness of any student's appearance.

To create the safest possible environment for students and to guarantee that the students' focus is to receive a quality education, GPS finds it necessary to outline expectations regarding student dress code.

Questions regarding clothing/appearance issues should be directed to the school administrator.

  June 7, 2007

Reference information can be found at the following links: 
Student Dress 
Student Dress (Regulation)  
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