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A Message for our Families about the new Dress Code Policy

The Orange County Schools Board of Education unanimously passed a new dress code policy at its August 14th regular business meeting. Throughout the 2016-17 school year, the Board and staff have engaged in an informed process to understand the needs, challenges, and opportunities for our school system. The new dress code policy reaffirms the district’s commitment to provide our students the best possible education to prepare them for their future endeavors.

Though there have been several revisions to the new dress code policy, there are some significant changes in the new policy that deserve highlighted attention. In particular, there are new prohibitions about items that are reasonably expected to intimidate other students. Below, is text from the new policy on that topic:

Clothing and accessories are not to substantially disrupt the education process.  Students are not to wear clothing, buttons, patches, jewelry, make-up, face/body paint or any other items with words, phrases, symbols, pictures or signs that are indecent, profane, or substantially disruptive, including items that are reasonably expected to intimidate other students on the basis of race (for example KKK, swastika, and the Confederate Flag), color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or religious affiliation.

With the above context in mind, we would like to provide our families and students with some guidance about the new dress code policy.

  • There is still a prohibition on exposing bare skin just like previous versions of the dress code.

  • In any form, symbols or words and pictures or signs that are indecent, profane, or substantially disruptive are not allowed on campus.

  • Specifically, KKK, swastikas, and the Confederate Flag are prohibited - in all forms.

  • Violations of the Student Dress Code are subject to the consequences set forth in the Student Code of Conduct

  • In the case of a dress code violation, a student may be asked to change or remove the  item. If repeated or continual dress code violations occur, a student may be subject to further in-school disciplinary action.

The District thanks you- our families and community- for your continued input, engagement, and support as we work to have Orange County Schools lead as a school system that prepares students for life as responsible, productive citizens.

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