Beginning with the kindergarten class of 2000-2001, students of the Kansas City Public Schools will be required to dress in uniforms. There will be a yearly implementation process in which one additional grade per year will adhere to this requirement, until the year 2013, when all students in all grades will be dressed in uniforms.
However, the KCPS School Board recognizes that, during the transition, each student’s dress and grooming are generally personal matters of choice for the student and the student’s parents or guardians. Such student’s dress and grooming while at school must conform to the following general standards:
- A student’s grooming and dress must contribute to and support a school environment conducive to instruction, learning and good citizenship.
- A student should be clean and neat in his or her personal dress and grooming.
- A student’s clothing must properly cover the private parts of the body.
- A student’s dress and grooming must not distract the student or others from learning or otherwise disrupt the educational process or create a risk to students’ health or safety.
Student dress and grooming will be the responsibility of each student and his or her parents subject to the following specific guidelines:
- Shirts, blouses and other tops must meet the waistband of pants, skirts, shorts or the other bottom attire. Tube tops, halter tops, low-cut tops and clothing with a bare midriff are prohibited.
- Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. Clothing such as transparent or see-through clothing that reveals any private part of the body is prohibited.
- Caps, bandannas, hats and sunglasses may not be worn inside the building during regular school hours.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- Clothing that may cause damage to persons or property including, for example, cleated boots are prohibited.
- Clothing or jewelry that displays obscene, vulgar or pornographic words or images that advertises or promotes illegal uses of drugs, alcohol or tobacco products or acts of violence is prohibited.
- Clothing normally worn when participating in a school-sponsored extracurricular or sports activity may be worn to school when approved by the sponsor or coach. Examples include: cheerleader outfits, drill team and band uniforms, team shirts and the like.
School administrators may allow exception in special circumstances including, but not limited to, medical or religious needs, holidays or special performances, and may further prescribe dress in certain classes such as physical education, vocational classes and science labs.
The superintendent or designee may adopt additional dress code restrictions as needed. All dress code procedures will adhere to health and safety codes and comply with applicable law. No procedure will impose dress and grooming rules based on gender in violation of Title IX. KCPS procedures will specifically define ambiguous terms, and examples will be provided when practicable.