Capo Unified's Dress Code: What You Need to Know

Before you go back-to-school clothes shopping, make sure you know what is and is not acceptable.

Did you know that students in the 54-school have to adhere to a dress code?

The rules can be summed up like this, according to an email from in San Juan Capistrano: Students are not to wear any clothing which is disruptive to the instructional process.

“The primary standards for student dress and grooming are to be neat and clean while at school and to conform to the district dress and grooming standards,” the district’s dress code states. “Students may not wear clothing which compromises safety or modesty, or which is disruptive to the educational process.”

Here are some guidelines:

  • Shoulder straps must be at least 1-inch wide and cover all undergarments
  • It is never appropriate to wear clothing with any inappropriate language or pictures
  • Clothing that reveals any kind of undergarments is not allowed
  • No torn, frayed clothing, excessively long or baggy clothing
  • No clothing that contains offensive or obscene symbols, signs, slogans or words degrading any gender, cultural, religious or ethnic values
  • No clothing that contains language or symbols oriented toward violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
  • No sheer/see-through clothing (blouses, skirts etc.)
  • No "T" tops, halter tops or spaghetti straps –  all tops and dresses must have a 1-inch shoulder strap
  • This 1-inch guideline is in effect regardless if student is wearing a sweater or any article of clothing over it 
  • No bare midriffs 
  • No halter tops or tube tops or any form of strapless clothing
  • No short shorts/skirts; extremely tight and/or clothing with less than a 4-inch inseam
  • No tight or revealing clothing; skirts should be no shorter than the fingertips of student with arms extended at sides
  • No extremes in hairstyles, such as Mohawks or unnatural colors, (hot colors) or letters shaved in head
  • No painted/marked faces, arms, hands, legs; no stick-on skin tattoos, no writing on the body or face
  • No platform flip flops, sandals, or shoes higher than 2 inches
  • No clothing which allows underwear to be exposed--baggy pants/shirts/blouses
  • No safety pins and other similar potentially dangerous objects; they are NOT to be worn as decorative items
  • No pajamas and slippers; no underwear may be worn as outerwear
  • Pants and shorts are to be worn waist size appropriate, worn above the hips and over all undergarments
  • T-shirts are to be size appropriate; “size appropriate” Is defined as clothing or apparel designed and manufactured to fit the individual students’ size and stature 
  • Pant waist size should be within 2 inches of waist
  • Pants’ length must be above  the ground

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Carol August 22, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Now all you have to do is get the students to comply (especially high school) and the administrators to enforce it. My granddaughter graduated from Dana Hills in 2005. It was an argument every morning (which I won) to get her to comply with the code. As we sat at the crosswalk waiting to turn for the high school area, she would point out all the girls that were in noncompliance. The biggest violations were sandals and tank tops. It is really hard to go through this with your child when the administrators don't follow through.
Charles August 22, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Maybe it is best to let them wear what their parents want and get rid of the dress code. Enforcing a dress code uses resources (time and money) the district doesn't have.
Lea August 24, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Unfortunately, there are parents who don't use good judgement as well. Sad, but true. Just look around you, at public events, and you will see many parents dressed inappropriately themselves... Or, the "oh please oh please oh please let me wear this" type of attire. Some parents wear down rather easily - especially, if they are tired and would give in to their child than argue. Just sayin....
Charles August 24, 2012 at 08:13 PM
"Appropriately" is relative and open to interpretation. Also, if the rules aren't being enforced and there's is no plan to enforce them, then perhaps the rules should be eliminated - even if everyone agrees the attire is inappropriate. Finally, many people would agree it is better to let the parents determine what is best for their kids (to wear) than for the school board (who are elected politicians) to determine what is best for the kids. I remember your parents getting on you for wearing ultra tight Dolphin shorts.


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