Dress Code

  • The purpose of dress regulations is to help students set a standard for their personal appearance that is appropriate within the accepted guidelines of the Delano Joint Union High School District.  Every high school student is expected to demonstrate pride in their personal appearance, because it reflects throughout Valley High School on each student, individually as well as collectively.  Part of career planning is learning to dress appropriately for the job and for various occasions.

    Valley High School strives to create an environment where dress and grooming standards minimize distractions from learning and promote a sense of school pride and professionalism.  We also hope to deemphasize clothing as a means of promoting negative influences within the student body.  Having a standardized dress code will help support a safe school environment and will contribute to creating a productive and positive learning environment.  


    • DJUHSD Dress Code Guidelines:                                                                                                                 

      1. The top of pants must be worn around the waist and belts need to be secured in the belt loops. Shirts worn on the outside may not exceed below the normal pocket line. All clothing should be appropriately sized to the body. Pants and shorts must fit at the waist, hips, crotch, and thighs.
      2. Sweatshirts or t-shirts of a neutral color that depict college logos or professional sports teams may be worn if not affiliated with any gangs and if pockets are not concealed. The administration reserves the right to ban any apparel that can be depicted as gang related.
      3. Jerseys and replicas are prohibited unless approved by site administration for a specific school activity.
      4. Sunglasses may be worn outside of classrooms.
      5. Any clothing worn as pants or bottoms that are of inappropriate size or length that pose a disruption to the educational environment are prohibited.
      6. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Haircuts or hairstyles that draw undue attention to the student or detract from the educational process are not acceptable.
      7. Attire, which advocates, advertises, denotes, poses a danger to any student, or is recognized as affiliated with a gang, criminal activity, alcohol, and/or drugs are not allowed. This may include any of the following apparel, such as jackets, jerseys, T-Shirts, etc.
      8. Attire that can be used as a weapon, such as steel-toed shoes or boots, multi-finger rings, or items that have spikes or studs, and wallet chains are prohibited.
      9. Standard ear piercings are permitted. Other ear and body piercings shall be prohibited if it is a safety concern.
      10. Footwear must be appropriate for normal school activities. Open-toe footwear is prohibited; footwear must have straps.
      11. Clothing, jewelry, and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures of any insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice.
      12. Students may wear sun-protective clothing such as hats with the school logo for outdoor use during the school day
      13. Any see-through apparel or attire that does not conceal undergarments is prohibited.

      Site Administration at each school may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities.

      Student Dress or Grooming Practices Which Are Unacceptable:

      1. Presents a hazard to the health or safety of the student or others in the school.
      2. Materially interfere with schoolwork, create disorder, or disrupt/distract the educational program.
      3. Causes excessive wear or damage to school property.
      4. Prevent a student from achieving their own educational objectives because of blocked vision or restricted movement.

      In Addition, The Following Also Applies to The School Dress Code:

      1. No grade of a student participating in a physical education class shall be adversely affected because a student does not wear standardized physical education apparel when the failure to wear such clothing items arises from circumstances beyond the student’s control. (Education Code 49066)
      2. Site administration reserves the right to ban any apparel that can be depicted as dangerous and/or creates a distraction to the general learning environment.
      3. Exceptions to the dress code may be made for special days or special events with administrative approval. The dress code shall be in effect at all school-related activities.


      Progressive discipline model will be followed to address dress code violation infractions.  A progressive discipline model seeks concurrent accountability and behavior change.  Parents and/or guardians will be expected to be active participants in this process.