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Dress Code Policy


Dress Code and Grooming


Students and their parents are responsible for student’s cleanliness, clothing, and neat appearance.  Items worn to school should not interfere with the learning process. Students who dress in a manner that is inconsistent with the dress code policy will be sent to the office and will receive alternate clothing, sent home to change into proper school attire, or someone will have to bring them proper attire from home. Any class time missed because of improper dress is unexcused, and teachers have the discretion as to whether students will be allowed to make up the work. Repeated violations will result in disciplinary action.            

In order to maintain an appropriate campus environment, we request and expect all students to dress appropriately for Rio Linda’s campus. Our policy is very simple. Students should report to school dressed in “Clean, Covered, and Appropriate” apparel.  Parents of Rio Linda students are asked to help promote a safe and academic environment for their children.


When purchasing school clothes, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Hat Policy: Baseball style caps, cowboy hats, beanies, or sun protective caps will be allowed outdoors only.  Bandanas, do-rags, sweatbands, or other head covers of any kind are strictly prohibited. All non-RLHS approved head coverings will be confiscated by school officials and will only be returned to a parent or guardian.  Repeat offenders of our policy will receive appropriate discipline per district policy for defiance.   
  •     All solid blue and red clothing is strictly prohibited and is considered to be gang attire. Shirts, jackets, and other articles of clothing denoting gang affiliation are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to the following apparel: Cali shirts, telephone area codes (916), Scar face, items with 13 or 14, or items with N or S on their belt buckles or on other parts of their person. No “Juggalo” apparel or insignia are allowed on campus.  The State of California has identified Party Crews as gang affiliated; therefore, these items may not be worn on campus. Red or blue shoelaces are strictly prohibited and are to be removed upon request of staff.   
  •     Any article of clothing or accessory (e.g. jewelry, belts, backpacks, notebooks, or socks etc.) which displays gang symbols/affiliation (with numbers, area codes, letters, etc.), profanity, or products and slogans which promote/advertise tobacco, alcohol, drugs, sex, sexism (e.g. Hooters, Skin silhouettes), violence, guns or other weapons, suicide, racism, or interferes with school work, creates disorder or disrupts the educational process is not allowed.
  • Belts must be the appropriate size (long hanging belts are not permitted) or must be tucked into belt loops. No engraved, stamped, punched out, lifted initials or numbers shall be permitted on any belt or buckle. Belts must not be worn lower than the waist.
  • Jewelry (spiked bracelets, spiked necklaces, wallet chains etc.) that is sharp/dangerous may not be worn at school.
  • Pajamas, sleep wear, slippers/house shoes, and blankets are not allowed.
  • Pants and shorts must be worn so the buttocks and/or undergarments are not visible. No sagging or oversized pants or shorts will be permitted. Pants must fit the waistline and must not have holes larger than 3 inches in measurement without wearing leggings/tights.
  •  Clothing that is provocative or intended to intimidate others is not allowed.  Bathing suits, beachwear, halter tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops, backless tops, see-through outfits, or off-the-shoulder blouses, shirts or outfits are not appropriate or acceptable for the school environment. All shirts and blouses must have sleeves (with at least 2” wide straps) and completely cover bra straps, the stomach, chest, shoulders and back. Bare midriffs are not allowed.
  • Shorts, skirts, skorts, or dresses must be size appropriate (mid-thigh in length); tight fitting shorts and short shorts are prohibited.  Shorts/pants with holes showing undergarments are not acceptable. Dress code is enforced for physical education activities and athletic practices. Note: Shorts, dresses, skorts, and skirts must be in compliance when leggings/tights are worn under the skirt.


All clothing items must be picked up within 30 days from the confiscation date or they may be turned over to charity.