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Dress Code

Dress Code

To ensure safety and encourage an environment focused on learning, it is expected that all students attending FVHS will maintain an appropriate appearance for school. In every case, the dress and grooming of a student shall not cause actual distraction from or disturbance in any school activity or actually interfere with the participation of a student in any school activity, create a hazard to the safety of self or others, and/or create a health hazard. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times.


Garments with profane, suggestive language or with double meanings of lewdness, obscenity, violence, vulgarity, or that advertise unlawful services or products to minors may not be worn. Clothing/apparel containing symbols, or pictures and/or slogans oriented toward degrading or discriminating against a person’s culture, race, gender, sex, religion, or ethnicity are not permitted.


Students with distracting clothing, hairstyles, accessories and/or makeup will be asked to make modifications in their appearance. Students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines when selecting clothes for school:


• Straps must be wide enough to cover undergarments.

• The midsection of the body must be covered at all times. No bare midriffs.


• Examples of unacceptable upper garments include: brief garments such as jogging, halter, crop, tube, or see-through tops, spaghetti straps, bandeaus, plunging necklines (front and back), cut up clothing, bathing suits and strapless or backless garments.



• Pants and shorts must fit snugly around the waist. Sagging pants or shorts showing undergarments are unacceptable.

• Belts may be worn but need to tucked into loops at all times.
• Skirts must be no shorter than 5 inches above the knee.
• Shorts must have at least 3 inches of inseam.
• Examples of unacceptable lower garments include: chains, initials, or hanging belts of any kind, cut up clothing, ultra-miniskirts/shorts, jogging/dance shorts, swimsuits, low-waist bottoms.
• Shoes with protective soles must be worn at all times.
• Steel-toed shoes are prohibited.
• Hats may be worn outdoors only and may not include profanity, nudity, drug or alcohol references or are not compliant with FVHS standards.
• Sunglasses are allowed for sun protection outdoors only.
• Jewelry, accessories and wallet chains, which present a safety hazard, are not permitted. This includes accessories with metal studs and/or chains.
Students dressed inappropriately for school will be required to modify their appearance or change into clothing provided by the Supervision office for the remainder of the school day. Chronic offenders will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the school discipline policy. [Updated 6/2017]