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Dress Code

Dress Code Policy



The Board has established a dress code to provide a safe and unhindered learning environment for all CUSD students. With the District’s policy as a basis, all schools have established a campus-appropriate dress standard.  A student must relinquish any offending article of clothing or accessory, including hats/beanies.  The school is not responsible for the loss of any confiscated item.  At the first incident, a student will be offered the use of a “loaner” garment if available and the parent will be notified.  For subsequent incidents, the parent will be contacted to provide an appropriate change of clothing and student will be assigned an Afternoon School.  It is up to the discretion of the Assistant Principal to release the confiscated item to the parent or the student but only at the end of the school day.  Items considered dangerous or items confiscated two or more times will only be returned to parents or may be returned after a 48-hour hold and an Afternoon School will be assigned.  See the District policy for more detailed information.



The consequence is placement at Level 1 for the first incident.  Repeated violations may result in more serious consequences or Behavior Contract.

Student Dress and Grooming Standards

Student Dress and Grooming Standards


The primary purpose for student dress and grooming standards is to foster an educational environment that is both safe and free from disruption. The following standards conform to the district-wide dress and grooming standards as well to the specific standards set forth by students, teachers, administrators, and parents at Dana Hills High School.

A student is in violation of the following standard when an adult staff member (e.g., campus supervisor, administrator, teacher, etc.) determines that the student has violated the standard. The offense, and associated consequence, does not change because a student is able to alter his/her clothing. In order to protect the general student body and maintain the integrity of the educational environment, the school reserves the right to make necessary additions to the standards listed below without notice.


Students are prohibited from wearing the following:

Any clothing apparel which is considered unsafe, dangerous, or is a health hazard, including but not limited to:

  1. Dangerous jewelry, including spiked or dangerous collars (chains, ball bearings, etc), spiked piercings.
  2. Excessively baggy, frayed, or torn clothing.
  3. Safety pins or sharp objects in clothes or pierced in skin.
  4. Bare feet.
  5. Clothing which is ripped or torn excessively.


Any attire or grooming disruptive to the instructional process,  including but not limited to:

  1.  Clothing which contain offensive, illegal, violent, obscene symbols, signs, slogans, or words degrading any gender, culture, religion, ethnicity, race, or anything that may incite a negative response or conflict including references to sex, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.
  2. Bare midriffs or clothing which exposes the student’s midsection.
  3. Sheer/see-through blouses, dresses, tops, or skirts. 
  4. Halter, strapless, "tube" tops, single shoulder, off-shoulder or tank tops that are excessively revealing, reveal undergarments, or have scoop or deep sides are not permitted.  Tops must have two straps.
  5. Excessively short shorts or immodest shorts or skirts.
  6. Tight or potentially revealing clothing (especially ones with no undergarments)
  7. Clothing which allows underwear to be exposed or resembles undergarments (i.e., slips, boxers)
  8. Hair styles or hair coloring that is disruptive or has letters or messages shaved into the hair.


Gang-related apparel, including but not limited to:

  1. Hats, beanies, hooded sweatshirts (worn with hood on) or headgear during the school day. This includes headgear worn as part of an athletic team or co-curricular activity during the school day.
  2. Chains, wallet chains, hair nets, monikers or other gang markings, bandanas which signify gang membership, jewelry with gang symbols, gang related overalls, or trench coats.
  3. Web, untied, or dangling belts, especially long belts with monikered belt buckles.
  4. Combat type boots (with more than 8 eyelets) and/or steel toes.


Any style or combination of clothing, which law enforcement agencies currently consider gang related. Students, who dress alike intentionally, where the dress is not related to school activities, are disruptive to the school environment. Examples include but are not limited to:

  1. Boots with flight jacket, khakis worn with Pendleton-type shirts, creased white shirts, “wife-beater” tank tops under white over shirt, white shirt with long shorts and pulled up white socks so as not to expose skin on legs, Nazi/confederate symbols, patches, or red shoelaces, plain white shirt with Dickey brand name pants, webbed belt, and spiked hair, any combination of “straight edge” markings “X,” sports wear, coats, jackets, jerseys, etc...that are worn with the intent of associating with gangs and are identified as such by law enforcement.

Baggy Pants:

All pants must:

  • Be capable of staying up around the waist without a belt.
  • Be unaltered at the waist, worn at or above the hips and over all undergarments.
  • Not be excessively baggy.
  • Have a crotch that does not hang excessively low.
  • Not have excess material at the foot and/or drag.
  • These guidelines also apply to sweat pants or warm-ups.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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