“The new dress code is exciting for administrators in its focus on learning and behavior rather than spending countless hours on enforcing a multitude of dress code rules,” said Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia. The changes, made with the input of students, staff and principals, incorporate the following principles:
- The dress code supports equitable educational access for all students.
- SFPS expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school-sponsored event.
- School staff shall enforce the dress code consistently and in a manner that does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type/size.
- Teachers are empowered to ensure appropriate dress given variations in their classrooms.
The dress code prohibits the following clothing or accessories:
- With offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, pornography, misandry or misogyny
- That denote, suggest, display or reference alcohol, drugs or related paraphernalia or other illegal conduct or activities
- That will interfere with the operation of the school, disrupt the educational process, invade the rights of others or create a reasonably foreseeable risk of such interference or invasion of rights
- That reasonably can be construed as being or including content that is racist, lewd, vulgar or obscene
- That reasonably can be construed as containing fighting words, speech that incites others to imminent lawless action, defamatory speech or threats to others
- That reveal visible undergarment
- That could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon
- That conceal the face (except as a religious observance).
Implementation of the new dress code will be reviewed at the end of the first nine weeks of school.
For more information please contact Superintendent Dr. Garcia at email@example.com or 505-490-1809.