Dress Code Policy

Dressing for success is a part of being college and career ready. Dress and appearance must be appropriate for school. Below are specific rules but the final decision on attire and grooming shall be made by the administration at Bear Valley Middle School.

  1. Shoes must be worn at all time.

  2. Clothing must conceal all undergarments (boys and girls). No midriff, bathing suits, swim trunk, spaghetti strap tops/dresses are allowed at school. Straps must be at least 1 inch in width. Sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, or coats cannot be worn to cover up inappropriate clothing.

  3. Pajamas and blankets are not allowed (except on specific Spirit Days).

  4. Pants must not sag and must stay at the waist without the aid of a belt.

  5. Clothing, jewelry, and any article of clothing or school supply promoting alcohol, drugs, tobacco, violence, and any gang affiliation (as identified by the Escondido Police Department) are not allowed.

  6. Clothing, jewelry, and any article of clothing displaying men and women in suggestive ways, sexually suggestive language, and suggestive symbols are not allowed.

  7. Sunglasses and other sun-protective clothing and hats are permissible outdoors and shall not be worn indoors. Hats are to be worn with the bill forward on campus.

  8. Shorts, dresses, and skirts must come to the fingertips when student places hands straight down.

  9. Wallet chains, large dangling earrings, large bead chains, safety pin chains, paper clip chains, dog collars type chains, or other types of chains that present safety issues will not be allowed.

  10. Hoods must not be worn inside when wearing a hoodie sweatshirt.

The above dress code applies to backpacks, notebooks, book covers, and all school supplies.

Board Policy and Dress and Grooming (Policy BP 5132)

California Administrative Code, Title V. §302 States: “A pupil who goes to school without proper attention having been given to personal cleanliness or neatness of dress, may be sent home to be properly prepared for school, or shall be required to prepare himself/herself for the school room before entering.”

The Board of Education believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Students’ clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction that would interfere with the educational process.

Therefore, the board prohibits the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook, or manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, or any other attribute, denoting membership in a gang. Escondido Police Department will guide school officials on the changing definition of gang attire.