CHS Dress Code Policy: 

    Our goal is to ensure students are in class learning. To facilitate learning for all students, there are minimum standards for student dress, grooming, and appearance. These apply at school and at any school-based or school-sponsored activity, including but not limited to: classes, ASB events, dances, and sporting events.

    Students’ choice in personal appearance matters should be made in consultation with their parent(s)/guardian(s) and shall not be restricted beyond the below listed requirements. Students who do not meet the minimum standards will be asked to change their clothing. If a student refuses to comply or dress code issues become chronic, a parent/guardian will be contacted and additional disciplinary action, such as required after-school intervention or detention, may be taken. For extracurricular activities, violations may result in a student’s removal or exclusion from the activity.

    A student’s dress and grooming shall:

    1. Support the educational mission of the school district and support the student in achieving the goals of the school activity; and
    2. Allow for personal expression.

    Dress code minimum standards

    A student’s dress and grooming shall not:

    1. Cause a material and substantial disruption of the educational process and/or school activity;
    2. Create a health or other hazard to the student’s safety or to the safety of others;
    3. Damage school property;
    4. Create an atmosphere in which a student’s, staff member’s, or other person’s well-being is hindered by undue pressure, intimidation, overt gesture or threat of violence; or
    5. Imply gang membership or affiliation by written communication, marks, drawing, painting, design, or emblem upon any school or personal property or one’s person.

    The following items are not permitted:

    • Clothing that promotes violence, contains obscene, sexual, drug or alcohol-related messages, double entendres, logos, graphics, etc., or offenses against creed or gender
    • Jewelry that can pose safety hazards or could cause damage to school property
    • Gang-related apparel or paraphernalia, including but not limited to:
      • Clothing or accessories with Old English lettering
      • Oakland Raiders, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls or Viking’s team clothing
      • 13, South Side, 69, Rolling Hard logos
      • Display of letters and/or numbers associated with neighborhoods or gangs
      • Jerseys with number 13, 14, 18, 69, 21 and 60
      • Sagging pants or extremely oversized clothing, including “tall tees”
      • Pants worn below the waistline
      • Belts that are 4 or more inches longer than waist of wearer
      • Bandanas of any kind or color, hairnets, colored laces of any kind, hanging belts, permanent pens, Rosary beads
      • Any dangling chains, wallet chains, spiked jewelry
      • Red, navy blue or purple sneakers
      • ICP clothing or insignias
      • Juggallo, Hatchet gear or Hatchet Man logo clothing, stickers, drawings or insignias
      • Gang-affiliated tattoos, permanent or temporary
      • Other items as identified by local law enforcement

    Students identified as being gang involved, influenced, or affiliated shall be provided assistance and/or an intervention to support positive activities and involvement in the school community.          

    For more information, please see PSD Policy and Procedure 3224.

    Chiawana High School looks upon appropriate dress as a key component of the educational process. School prepares students for success. While security and safety continue to be the driving forces behind the following policy, they are not the only factors.
    Chiawana High School dress code follows accepted business attire that includes all security and safety factors to assure a healthy learning environment. Any articles of clothing that include color, slogans, and numbers that relate to violence, prohibited substances, offenses against creed or gender, or articles of immodesty are not be worn at Chiawana High School.
    Students who willingly choose to dress inappropriately will be asked to change. If the student does not have appropriate clothes, they may be provided with clothing from the school. Otherwise, arrangements must be made for students to go home or for parents to bring clothes to school. Continued violations of school dress policies will result in disciplinary action. Items may be confiscated for evidentiary purposes.
    Notice: The appropriateness of the student dress code is determined by Chiawana High School administrators, and is subject to change based upon new trends and information.
    The following articles of clothing are NOT PERMITTED and may not be worn or brought to campus or to any school-sponsored event:
    • Pants worn below the waistline.
    • Visible undergarments (i.e. anything worn underneath the outer layer of clothing) must be covered completely.
    • Clothing with sexual references or innuendos, offensive language or statement, or double meanings.
    • Clothing with drug/alcohol/tobacco logos or any clothing that implies drug or alcohol use.
    • Halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, see-through tops, low-cut tops, or tops that expose the breast or midriff.
    • Shirts that have been modified to expose the shoulder or underarm.
    • Shirts that have a length that extends more than 8 inches below the natural waistline.
    • Necklaces or bracelets with sharp points of any kind.
    • Pajamas, slippers, or pajama pants.
    • Overcoats, trench coats, dusters.
    • Skirts, shorts, dresses, or other articles of clothing that are unsafe or deemed inappropriate by school officials.
    • Sunglasses worn in the building.
    • Hats, caps, hairnets, or headgear of any kind are to remain invisible during the school day. Hoods are not to be worn on head.
    • Any other article of clothing that is either inappropriate, disrupts the education process, or has the potential of disrupting the educational process. Articles of clothing that fall into this category can, and in some cases, will be determined by school authorities.

    Gang Activity (R.C.W. 28A.600.455):

    Any gang violence, gesture, vandalism, intimidation, or disruption of learning related to gang activity in any manner will not be tolerated. The students of Chiawana High School have the right to an effective public education. Both students and educators have the need to be safe and secure in the classroom if learning is to occur. Chiawana must have the ability to control the conduct of students to ensure that their mission of educating students may be achieved. Activities or behaviors which are considered "gang related" must not be allowed to divert attention, time, and resources from educational activities.
    Gang Activity is defined as: exhibiting behavior or gestures which symbolize gang membership; causing, participating in, and/or recruiting for gang-related activities; causing and/or participating in activities which intimidate or affect the attendance of another student; possessing, transmitting, or using gang-related images or pictures.
    Students who gather for the intent of causing disruption to the normal function of the school day may be considered gang affiliated.
    Any student who wears, carries, or displays gang-related apparel or devices will be in violation of district policy. These include, but are not limited to:
    • Sagging pants or extremely over-sized clothing, including 'Tall Tees.' As a guideline, shirts that have a length exceeding eight (8) inches below the natural waistline are too long.
    • Two or more students dressed similarly or identically (excluding school teams for ASB-sponsored groups), when attire could be construed as gang-related.
    • Gang-affiliated tattoos, permanent or temporary. If a tattoo is considered gang-related, it must be covered at all times while at school.
    • Bandanas of any kind or color, hanging belts, web belts, Rosary beads.
    • Belts that are four (4) or more inches longer that the waist of the wearer.
    • Any team apparel that could be perceived as gang-related.
    • Any clothing draped around the neck or over the shoulder.
    • Pants nailed, stapled, or pinned to shoes, or pants that are gathered at the ankles with rubber bands.
    • Display of letters and/or numbers associated with neighborhoods or gangs, including Old English and area codes.
    • Any other clothing an/or accessories that become identified as gang-related as trends continue to change.
    Students engaged in gang activity will face stringent discipline due to their affiliation with criminal enterprises.