The Adams 14 Board of Education is the policy-making body of the District. The Board governs the education of students and the operations of the District within limitations set by the state of Colorado.
For a complete listing of the Board's policies please go to the Colorado Association of School Boards policy page.
Adams 14 regularly spotlights a Board policy that is important to the community. The current policy spotlight is Board Policy JICA, Student Dress Code. The policy reads:
Student Dress Code
A safe and disciplined learning environment is essential to a quality educational program. District-wide standards on student attire are intended to help students concentrate on schoolwork, reduce discipline problems, and improve school order and safety. The Board recognizes that students have a right to express themselves through dress and personal appearance; however, students shall not wear apparel that is deemed disruptive or potentially disruptive to the classroom environment or to the maintenance of a safe and orderly school.
Any student deemed in violation of the dress code shall be required to change into appropriate clothing or make arrangements to have appropriate clothing brought to school immediately. In this case, there shall be no further penalty.
If the student cannot promptly obtain appropriate clothing, on the first offense, the student shall be given a written warning and an administrator shall notify the student’s parents/guardians. On the second offense, the student shall remain in the administrative office for the day and do schoolwork and a conference with parents/guardians shall be held. On the third offense, the student may be subject to suspension or other disciplinary action as outlined in the school discipline code.
The following items are deemed disruptive to the classroom environment or to the maintenance of safe and orderly school buildings, on school grounds, or at school activities:
- Shorts, dresses, skirts or other similar clothing shorter than mid-thigh length
- Sunglasses and all headwear/hats including hairnets worn inside the building
- Inappropriately sheer, tight or low-cut clothing (e.g., midriffs, halter tops, backless clothing, tube tops, garments made of fishnet, mesh or similar material, muscle tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps or other similar clothing with straps narrower than 1.5 inches in width, etc.) that bare or expose traditionally private parts of the body including, but not limited to, the midriff/stomach, buttocks, back and chest/breasts and visual undergarments
- Chains, pocket-hanging chains, chain belts, pointed studs/spikes that could be construed as a weapon
- All altered clothing with gang-like graffiti, which reflect gang affiliation clothing, e.g., pants or blouses/shirts rolled up or tied on one side
- Any apparel torn or ripped and see-through clothing revealing student undergarments
- Trench coats, dusters, and sagging pants (a student may be asked to place items in their locker)
- Any clothing, paraphernalia, grooming, jewelry, hair coloring, accessories, or backpacks, visible tattoos, visible body adornments or visible body piercing that could be construed as a weapon or contain any advertisement, symbols, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that:
- Refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons
- Are of a sexual nature
- By virtue of color, (such as wearing all red, wearing all blue, or wearing all one color), arrangements, trademarks affiliated with gangs, or other attributes denoting membership in gangs or which advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior
- Are obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd, or legally libelous
- Threaten the safety or welfare of any person
- Promote any activity prohibited by the student code of conduct
- Otherwise disrupt the teaching-learning process
- Coats are to be stored in an appropriate place or locker during school. Exceptions may be made based on environmental conditions.
Appropriate athletic clothing may be worn in physical education classes. Clothing normally worn when participating in school-sponsored extra curricular or sports activities (such as cheerleading uniforms and the like) may be worn to school when approved by the sponsor or coach.
Building principals, in conjunction with the school accountability committee, students, parents and the community, may develop and adopt school-specific dress codes that are consistent with this policy.