Uniform Standard of Dress

Uniform Standard of Dress Policy


District 118 Student Dress Code
Danville School District 118 expects a standard in behavior, dress, grooming, and appearance that reflects pride in self, home, and school. The Board of Education prohibits student dress and grooming which interferes with appropriate discipline in the operation of District schools, interferes with the rights of others, or is vulgar, indecent, obscene or insulting. The Board also prohibits dress or grooming that conveys any message that promotes or encourages behavior that is inconsistent with the basic educational message of the District, such as tobacco, alcohol or illegal drug use, physical or sexual violence, or gang affiliation; depicts hate speech based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other protected groups; or is contrary to accepted social standards in the community.
This standard for dress was adopted to improve the learning environment, to reduce classroom distractions, to increase students’ self-respect and self-esteem, to improve school spirit, and to enhance the District’s image within the community.
It is the responsibility of parents to see that their student(s) follow the guidelines established in this dress code. If a student does not follow the guidelines, he/she may be asked to change the item of clothing at school or be sent home to change. The student’s parent(s) will be contacted. Repeated offenses may be considered insubordination and the student may be suspended from school.
These guidelines are examples of acceptable and unacceptable clothing in District 118 schools. They are not an all-inclusive list. Some of the examples are very clear; others leave room for interpretation. If a parent has a question about any of the guidelines, he or she should contact the principal or designee in order to avoid any misunderstandings and the hard feelings that may result.
This standard of dress does not require a uniform that must be purchased from a specific vendor. The District chose the standard of dress based upon its knowledge of apparel that would be affordable and available locally.


1. In grades K-6, students may wear any collared polo or dress shirt/blouse, long or short sleeved, in any solid color or with stripes.
2. In grades 7-12, students may wear any collared polo or dress shirt/blouse, long or short sleeved, in any color, including any solids, stripes, patterns, or trim colors.
3. No tank tops, sleeveless tops, spaghetti straps, shoulder cut outs, camisoles, etc. are allowed.
4. School-approved, commercially produced shirts/tops representing the student’s individual school may be worn at all levels.
5. A dressy non-collared shell may be worn with a sweater or blazer. Tank tops, t-shirts, camisoles, etc. are not considered to be shells.
6. Students may wear sweaters or sweater vests in all solid colors, all striped colors, all patterns, and all trim colors if a collared shirt is worn underneath.
7. Solid color commercially produced crew-neck sweatshirts are allowed at all grade levels if a collared shirt is worn underneath. No hoodies will be allowed in grades K-12.
8. Commercially produced quarter-zip jackets/shirts with a collar are allowed.
9. Jackets may be worn if a collared shirt is worn underneath. Winter coats may not be worn in the classroom or cafeteria. No hoods are allowed.
10. Turtlenecks are considered to be collared shirts.
11. If shirt/top is not tucked in, it must fall below the waist, but not be longer than approximately three inches below the waist.
12. Polo and collared shirts must be buttoned, usually two buttons from the top.
13. No midriff may be exposed.
14. Any item determined by the principal (or designee) to be too tight or revealing is not allowed.

Students may wear dresses or skirts subject to the following restrictions:

1. A dress must have short or long sleeves.
2. Dresses and skirts must be no shorter than fingertip length plus one inch (approximately mid-thigh/3” above knee).
3. No low cut dresses are allowed. Undergarments are not to be visible.
4. Patterned skirts are allowed.
5. No leather, mesh, nylon/vinyl/spandex, see-through material or cutouts are allowed.
6. Any item determined by the principal (or designee) to be too tight or revealing is not allowed.

Khakis/Dress Pants/Shorts
Students may wear pants or shorts in solid navy blue, black, gray, brown or tan/khaki, subject to the following:

1. Pants must be worn at the waist; neither underwear nor skin shall be exposed. Both pant legs must be the same length. Pants must be fastened, and if a belt is worn, it must be buckled.
2. Shorts must be no shorter than fingertip length plus one inch ( approximately mid-thigh /3” above knee)
3. No blue jeans may be worn in grades K-12.
4. No sweatpants, yoga pants, bib overalls, pajama pants, wind fabrics, leather, mesh, flannel/fleece, and nylon/vinyl/spandex are allowed.
5. Leggings and tights are not to be worn as pants. Leggings and tights may be worn under a dress or skirt in solid navy blue, black, white, gray, or tan.
6. Any item determined by the principal (or designee) to be too tight or revealing is not allowed.

Additional Standards of Dress

1. With the approval of the principal (or designee), members of school-sponsored teams or groups may wear uniforms/team dress on the day of the game/performance/competition. No jeans are allowed. Hoodies, which are part of the team uniform, are allowed, but may not be used as a head covering.
2. No flip flops or house slippers may be worn.
3. Footwear must have a closed heel or back strap.
4. Having jewelry, tattoos, body art or clothing depicting gang symbolism or affiliation is not allowed and may result in disciplinary consequences outlined in the Ownership in Education handbook.
5. Dress scarves are allowed. Scarves are not allowed as headwear, except for religious exemptions.
6. Hats, ear guards, sweatbands, bandanas, hairnets, hoods, and gloves may not be worn in school buildings.
7. Unless prescribed by a doctor, sunglasses are not to be worn in any school building.
8. Chain wallets are not allowed.


Bona Fide Religious

The parent or legal guardian of a student (or a student who is 18 years of age or older) may object on religious grounds to the student’s compliance with any portion of this dress code policy. In order to object, the parent or legal guardian (or student who is 18 years of age or older) shall submit a written statement which responds to the following questions:
1. For which part of the policy are you requesting an exemption?
2. What is the basis for the request for religious exemption?
3. What religious teaching, religious belief or religious practice prohibits compliance with this dress code?
In addition, all written objections must be accompanied by a signed statement of a religious official (such as minister, rabbi, imam, or other) or other person who can verify the good faith basis of the request. The principal or his/her designee shall review all objections. Students with legitimate religious objections shall not be required to comply with those portions of this policy which conflict with such good faith, religious requirements.
A religious exemption to the Uniform Standard of Dress policy only shall be granted if the requirements herein are completed in totality and the religious exemption can be verified by a bona fide religious leader. All other applications for religious exemption shall be denied.
If the application for religious exemption is denied, the student applying for the exemption may appeal the determination to the Superintendent, who will review the application and make his/her determination within 30 days of the appeal.

Case by Case Exemptions
Each building administrator shall have the discretion to provide exceptions or accommodations to students who show good cause, including students who have medical needs for particular clothing. Such exceptions or accommodations will be made on a case by case basis and in a manner which maintains the integrity of the purpose of the standard of dress. The Board of Education reserves the right to modify this policy when deemed necessary.

LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-22.25b.
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District, 89 S.Ct. 733 (1969).
CROSS REF. 7:130 (Student Rights and Responsibilities), 7:190 (Student Discipline)

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