Student Dress Code Policy
The dress code policy is designed to help create a safe and positive learning environment that encourages all student scholars to achieve their full potential. The district encourages students to take pride in their attire as it relates to school setting. Students are to wear the appropriate dress attire during the school day and at school-sponsored activities.
Appropriate dress attire includes the following (Board Policy JICA-RA):
- Students must wear a shirt with pants or a skirt or the equivalent.
- Clothing must not be see-through and must cover a student’s undergarments and torso when standing or sitting.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
Specialty Schools: Schools that have been renamed will maintain the uniform or dress code they have selected as part of their renaming process. Uniforms are intended to promote a culture of belonging and pride and will showcase the uniqueness of each school.
Uniforms: The Cartwright School District has adopted student uniforms and a dress code has been established for all schools to promote learning, increase safety on school grounds, foster unity, and minimize clothing expenses. Furthermore, uniforms are our preferred choice. However, it is our intention to provide flexibility to individual schools to determine their own guidelines and expectations regarding school uniforms.
The following are some examples of uniforms that schools will require students to wear:
- Tops: T-shirts with the school logo and collared shirts with no logos, no stripes or designs. Please check with your school for the colors that are allowed. If your student transfers to a school within our district, he or she may wear the shirts approved at the previous school at the new school or be given the opportunity to exchange the shirt(s) for the color worn at the new school.
- Bottoms: Jeans (dark, solid colors, without holes, no rips or tears), blue and khaki bottoms, pants, shorts, jumpers, skirts, or skorts (no stripes or designs). Please check with your school for the colors that are allowed.
No student shall be denied enrollment the day they enroll due to not having the required uniform attire. Schools will work with parents to make uniforms affordable. If needed please seek assistance from your school.
District Policy (Board Policy JICA) prohibits school dress or grooming practices that:
- Present a hazard to the health or safety of the student or to others in the school.
- Materially interfere with schoolwork, create disorder, or disrupt the educational program.
- Cause excessive wear or damage to school property.
- Convey affiliation with a criminal street gang.
- Display discriminatory, defamatory or obscene language or symbols, or symbols of sex, drugs, or alcohol.
- State, imply, or depict hate speech/imagery targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other protected classification.
Students in violation of the dress code will be required to change clothes and/or face disciplinary action.