Atwater Elementary School Dress Code
Appropriate dress and good grooming contribute to a positive atmosphere and promote student safety. Our students are expected to dress for success each day. Atwater Senior Academy Staff in accordance with California Education Code, Section 48907, and with the best interest of our students, school, school-sponsored activities, and community in mind, adopts the following middle school dress code. We appreciate your support and adherence to these guidelines.
- Pants/shorts will be worn at the waist level without the need to use a belt. All belts must be worn through the loops.
- Backless, strapless, low-cut necklines, bare midriff tops, spaghetti straps, crop tops, and tube tops are considered inappropriate for school and shall not be worn. Straps must be at least one inch wide, and only one strap may be visible.
- Garments that show underclothing or expose the mid-section are a distraction and may not be worn at school.
- Shorts, skirts and dresses must be at least “finger-tip length” to be worn at school.
- Any clothing (i.e. pants or shirts) with holes must have clothing underneath if above “finger-tip length” or in any other inappropriate location which may cause a distraction.
- Footwear must be worn at all times. Steel-toed shoes shall not be worn at school. Students must have appropriate footwear for P.E. Students are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes. All students must wear shoes appropriate for recess/free time activities.
- Only school purchased or plain black hats or caps are allowed on campus. Hats may not be altered in any way. They must be worn in a forward position and taken off when indoors. Hoods of sweatshirts may not be worn indoors.
- Pajama tops, bottoms, and/or slippers will not be allowed.
- Clothing, accessories, or jewelry with inappropriate language, pictures, inferences, or symbols which tend to mock, ridicule, provoke, demean, or display words or pictures associated with alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, gangs, sex, drugs, or items associated with alcohol, tobacco, sex, or drug use shall not be worn at school.
- Sunglasses may be worn on campus. They must be removed when indoors.
- Lettering and printing will be allowed on garments as long as it is not crude, vulgar, and does not contain profanity of make reference to tobacco, drugs, alcohol, violence, gangs, or is sexually suggestive, and is not a racial slur or epithet.
- Accessories that may cause injury such as, but not limited to spiked jewelry, studded collars, safety pins, chains or long belts will not be allowed.
- Hairspray/gel, make-up, and cologne/perfume may not to be brought to school. Only non aerosol deodorant may be kept in the PE lockers. No face paint may be worn.
- Professional sport team and college/university attire is allowed.
- Congregation of students wearing like colors may be perceived as gang affiliated behavior, resulting in the request to discontinue the offensive behavior and/or dress.
Classroom distractions resulting from dress code violations will not be tolerated per California Education Code 48900(k).
School Gang-Related Guidelines
Our District cooperates with law enforcement in all anti-gang activities and anti-gang related “copy cat” behaviors. Look-alike gang behavior is prohibited at school. For the safety of our students, it is very important that parents do not purchase or allow students to wear any item that might be perceived as the showing of “colors”. This is clearly a campus safety issue, especially important as students move to and from school and in and out of the neighborhoods.
Any dress, grooming or appearance which disrupts or tends to disrupt the educational process or affect the health or safety of individuals will be prohibited (EC 48900, EC35183, EC 35294.1). Any attire/paraphernalia/symbol that signifies gang affiliation will not be allowed on campus. Any attire/paraphernalia/symbol that displays a logo or other message promoting alcohol or controlled substances, promoting violence, illegal activity or relating to gangs may not be worn on campus.
*New trends in gang attire are subject to administrative review with law enforcement consultation.
- Our district cooperates with law enforcement in all anti-gang activities and “anti-gang” related "copy cat" behaviors. “Wanna-be” or look-alike gang behavior is prohibited at school. For the safety of our students it is very important that parents do not buy or allow students to wear any item that might be perceived as the showing of "colors". This is clearly a safe campus issue, especially to and from school and out in the neighborhoods.
- Any dress, grooming, or appearance which disrupts or tends to disrupt the educational process, or affect the health or safety of individuals will be prohibited (EC 48900, EC 35183, and EC 35294.1). Any attire/paraphernalia/symbol that signifies gang affiliation will not be allowed on campus. Any attire/paraphernalia/symbol that displays a logo or other message promoting alcohol or controlled substances, promoting violence, illegal activity or relating to gangs may not be worn on campus. Students may be permanently banned from wearing a color for the duration of their Mitchell Senior enrollment.
Due to safety issues, certain clothing lines and styles are not allowed on campus. The following clothing brands and styles are currently not allowed. They are subject to change, but include:
- South Pole
- Multiple layers of red or blue clothing or accessories.
Some items which are specifically prohibited include, but are not limited to:
- Gang writing, monikers, graffiti, symbols or tagging on school or personal property.
- Monogram or lettered belt buckles (S, N, M, R, B, X, 13, 14, etc.).
- Red or blue shoe laces.
- Red, Blue, and Gray Cargo belts.
- Webbed belts of any color or suspenders hanging down or dragging