Updated 2015-2016 version of Dress to Learn Code.

AISU’s Dress to Learn Code

AISU offers engaging learning experiences, a positive culture of acceptance and respect, and a standard of excellence. Dress and grooming are an integral part of the learning environment. AISU students are expected to “Dress to Learn”. Student dress and grooming standards are based on safety, good hygiene, and appropriateness to maintain a non-distracting learning environment.


Safety Standards:

  • No weapons or look-like weapons
  • No gang apparel or gang style
  • No clothing that promotes or depicts violence, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, harassment, vulgar language or gestures, sex, or immoral behavior.
  • No hats, visors, baseball caps or bandanas worn in the building except for medical or religious purposes approved in advance by the principal. Knit caps without visors (“beanies”) are permitted as long as they do not obscure any part of the face.
  • No clothing item that obscures the identification of a student or poses a hazard. While clothing such as hoodies, shirts/sweatshirts or coats may be worn, the hood portion may not be pulled up over or worn on the head in the building.
  • No flip-flops, high heels or other shoes that create a potential hazard in moving quickly and safely during emergencies.


Appropriateness Standards:

  • Underwear should not be visible
  • Clothing should be free if inappropriate language, logos, or symbols
  • Abdomens should be covered
  • Chests should be covered (no cleavage showing)
  • Skirts may be no shorter than one palm width above the knee (about 3 inches) regardless of whether they are worn with an undergarment like tights or yoga pants.
  • Shorts of any type must be at least finger-tip length when standing straight.
  • Shorts and other clothing worn for PE, sports, dance, cheer or other activities may be worn only during those activities.
  • Tank-top straps must be three fingers wide
  • No strapless or spaghetti straps
  • Specific activities may require other approved dress
  • Beanies are acceptable


Hygiene Standards:

  • All students shall maintain their hair, mustaches, sideburns, and beards in a clean, well-groomed manner.
  • All students will wear clean clothing. Clothing should not be overly ripped, torn or mutilated.
  • Clothing, jewelry, accessories and piercings, which interfere with or pose a health or safety issue to the learning atmosphere at the school, will not be allowed.


Students with dress code violations will be counseled and given the option of calling home for a change of clothes, changing into clothing provided by the school, or returning home to change (with parent approval). Students may return to the learning space with appropriate attire.


Exceptions to these rules may be permitted by administration for special school events. Administration reserves the right to make decisions about the “Dress to Learn” code on a case-by-case basis, including an individually tailored dress code for repeated violations.