Robbinsdale Area Schools

504 AP: Student Dress and Appearance

504 AP: Student Dress and Appearance

Approved: July 30, 2018



The purpose of this policy is to enhance the education of students by establishing expectations of dress and grooming that are related to educational goals and community standards.


A. The policy of Robbinsdale Area Schools is to encourage students to be dressed for the school day based on the administrative procedure. This is a joint responsibility of the student and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s).

B. Appropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Clothing appropriate for the weather.

2. Clothing that does not create a health or safety hazard.

3. Clothing appropriate for the activity (i.e., physical education or the classroom). 

C. Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Clothing that shows intimate parts.

2. Clothing bearing a message that is lewd, vulgar, or obscene.

3.  Apparel promoting products or activities that are illegal for use by minors.

4. Objectionable emblems, badges, symbols, signs, words, objects or pictures on clothing or jewelry communicating a message that is racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory to a protected minority group, evidences gang membership or affiliation, or approves, or advances any form of religious, racial, or sexual harassment and/or violence against other individuals as defined in Policy 413.

5. Any apparel or footwear that would damage school property.

6. Masks, face paint or clothing that limits or prevents identification of a student.

7. Wearing clothing in a manner that displays undergarments.

D. The intention of this policy is not to abridge the rights of students to express political, religious, philosophical, or similar opinions by wearing apparel on which such messages are stated. Such messages are acceptable as long as they are not lewd, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, profane, or do not advocate violence or harassment against others.

E. “Gang,” as defined in this policy, means any ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, having as one of its primary activities the commission of one or more criminal acts, which has an identifiable name or identifying sign or symbol, and whose members individually or collectively engage in or whose members engaged in a pattern of criminal gang activity. “Pattern of gang activity” means the commission, attempt to commit, conspiring to commit, or solicitation of two or more criminal acts, provided the criminal acts were committed on separate dates or by two or more persons who are members of or belong to the same criminal street gang.


A. When, in the judgment of the administration, a student’s appearance, grooming, or mode of dress interferes with or disrupts the educational process or school activities, or poses a threat to the health or safety of the student or others, the student will be directed to make modifications or will be sent home for the day.  Parents/guardians will be notified.

B. The administration may recommend a form of dress considered appropriate for a specific event and communicate the recommendation to students and parents/guardians.

C. Likewise, an organized student group may recommend a form of dress for students considered appropriate for a specific event and make such recommendation to the administration for approval.

Legal References:

U. S. Const., amend. I
Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Sch. Dist.​, 393 U.S. 503, 89 S.Ct. 733, 21 L.Ed.2d 731 (1969)
B.W.A. v. Farmington R-7 Sch. Dist.​, 554 F.3d 734 (8thth​ Cir. 2009)  
Lowry v. Watson Chapel Sch. Dist.​, 540 F.3d 752 (8​ Cir. 2008)th Cir. 1997)
Stephenson v. Davenport Cmty. Sch. Dist., 110 F.3d 1303 (8​             
B.H. ex rel. Hawk v. Easton Area School Dist.
725 F.3d 293 (3 ​th Cir. 2007)  Cir. 2013)
D.B. ex rel. Brogdon v. Lafon, 217 Fed.Appx. 518 (6
Hardwick v. Heyward, 711 F.3d 426 (4 Cir. 2013)
Madrid v. Anthony​, 510 F.Supp.2d 425 (S.D. Tex. 2007)
McIntire v. Bethel School, Indep. Sch. Dist. No. 3​, 804 F.Supp. 1415 (W.D. Okla. 1992)
Hicks v. Halifax County Bd. of Educ.​, 93 F.Supp.2d 649 (E.D. N.C. 1999)
Olesen v. Bd. of Educ. of Sch. Dist. No. 228​, 676 F.Supp. 820 (N.D. Ill. 1987)

Cross References:

Policy 413 (Harassment and Violence)
Policy 506AP (Student Discipline)
Policy 525 (Violence Prevention)

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