AL Conner is a uniform school. Students need to wear uniforms daily. The basic uniform consists of plain navy blue cotton/ polyester twill fabric bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts) or khaki and a plain white, navy blue, yellow, or burgundy shirt, with collar and sleeves (polo shirt, dress shirt, turtleneck). Any jacket may be worn to school. School spirit shirts should be worn only on Fridays, or when special events warrant and can be worn with jeans. Solid navy blue sweatshirt pants (no stripes) may be worn during the wintertime only.
In response to an overwhelmingly positive parent survey in the spring of 2004 and an equally supportive teacher survey, the Governing Board approved this mandate. The reasons were:
A. Campus Security
1) Strangers are easily identified
2) Expensive items will not be an attraction for others
B. School Spirit
1) Visibly evident in the community
2) Helps heighten the morale
3) Fosters a sense of belonging and a spirit of identification and pride in the school
C. Acceptance for All Students
1) Emphasis is on “who you are,” not “what you wear.”
2) No one student is “better” because of dress.
3) Pride in the group becomes readily apparent. Enthusiasm and efficiency are
greater in the individual when the group is uniformly dressed.
D. Academic Priority
1) More time for teaching, less time spent preaching.
2) Reduction in time spent for discipline.
3) Business-like atmosphere for learning; stress “books” not looks.
The 2023-2024 school year is a transition period to school uniforms. By wearing uniforms students will have the opportunity to participate in special incentive activities, raffles, and recognition awards. The goal is for 100% of our students to wear uniforms on a daily basis. This year it is not necessary for parents to sign uniform waivers since it is a transition period. Friday is Spirit Day. Students will be considered wearing their uniform on Fridays if they wear a Conner tshirt and jeans. As much as possible, PTC will provide uniforms for purchase in the office.
Friday is Spirit Friday. Students wearing their Conner Spirit Shirt on Friday!
Physical Education- Every student is required to participate in the District’s P.E. program. Every other day, students in grades 1-5 participate in P.E.; please remember to send children with appropriate outfits to be successful in this class and to be able to perform the activities in a safe manner, appropriate shoes for physical fitness are recommended. If necessary, send a pair of tennis shoes to be worn during P. E. Any physical conditions that exempt students from PE require a physician’s note.
The Governing Board approved a dress code which was developed by teachers, principals, and parents from every school site in the district. The dress code policy and requirements are as follows:
Students Dress and Grooming AR 5132 (a)
Kings Canyon Unified School District is an exemplary district. The primary function of the KCUSD standard dress attire policy is to establish a safe and secure learning environment that reflects positive student choice. The district standard dress attire policy will be enforced consistently and fairly on school campuses and at school sponsored functions. See appendix for board policy.
Schools are responsible for notifying students and parents/guardians in a timely manner of established site standards.
Educationally Appropriate Dress and Grooming
Any apparel, hair style, cosmetic or jewelry, even if not specifically mentioned below, which creates a safety concern, draws undue attention to the wearer, or tends to detract from the educational process is prohibited unless addressed elsewhere in this regulation.
1. Headwear: District approved headwear must be worn outside only. Any student entering a
room or building must remove the headwear prior to entering. Only district approved hats
will be allowed at school, unless a doctor's note is provided.
a. Hats must be khaki or white cloth type, with a 2" brim that encircles the entire hat. The hat must be
free of any insignias or markings except for the individual's name written inside in one-inch block
b. A parent/guardian may elect to purchase a hat from a source other than the school/district.
However, the hat must be pre approved by the site administrator prior to the wearing of the hat by the
c. During after school activities open to the public, only headwear that is not gang related may be
d. Knit caps are allowed during cold and/or inclement weather.
2. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are not to be worn unless prescribed by a physician or authorized by the principal
for special events.
3. Shoes: Shoes must be worn on campus and at school functions by all students. For safety
reasons, students are not allowed to wear flip flops, Crocs, or sandals without heel straps.
4. Undergarments: Top garments shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times.
5. Pants: Excessively baggy pants are not allowed. Pants may not extend beyond 4 inches (4") when
measured at the kneecap of the straightened leg. Pants must fit and be worn no lower than 2 inches (2")
below the natural waist.
6. Shirts/Blouses: Tank tops, tube tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, off the shoulder blouses, bare
midriffs, see through, or oversized shirts that present a safety concern or draw undue
attention is not acceptable. Tops must cover undergarments and have a minimum of 3’ of fabric on the
7. Hem Lines: All dresses, skirts, shorts, and pants must have a finished hem. Shorts must
have at least a 4-inch (4") inseam. Skirts and dresses may be no shorter than 4 inches (4")
above the knee.
8. Dangerous Attire: Attire which may be used as a weapon may not be worn, including but not
limited to steel toed boots, chains, items with spikes or studs, and other items deemed
inappropriate by the principal and/or school site council.
9. Fashions: Fashions that draw undue attention to the wearer and/or detract from the
educational environment are not acceptable. This includes exotic clothing, extreme make-up,
tattoos, or body piercing, etc.
10. Facial and/or Body Piercing: Facial and/or Body Piercing is not acceptable with the
exception of ears.
11. Hair Styles: Hair styles that draw undue attention and/or detract from the educational
environment are not acceptable; i.e. unusual designs, unnatural colors, mohawks, tails,
unusual razor cuts (including eyebrows), or extensive sculpting.
12. Gang Related Apparel: Gang related apparel is not acceptable. The district will collaborate
with Law Enforcement Agencies to update changes in gang-related apparel as necessary.
Any clothing or apparel that a student or group of students wear to identify themselves for
the purpose of harassing, threatening or intimidating others will not be allowed.
13. Jackets: Jackets and other apparel depicting professional sports teams shall not be worn.
Exceptions to Regulations
Generally, these neutral dress and grooming rules will be applied to all students. Religious beliefs and/or medical requirements may be grounds for an exception to a specific portion of the KCUSD Dress Code with specific advance approval from the District. A petition for an exemption from enforcement of a specified portion of KCUSD Dress Code should be submitted to the Principal.
Clothing with Writing, Symbols, Pictures and Insignia
Articles of clothing, jewelry or personal effects (backpacks, fanny packs, binders, gym bags, buttons, water bottles, etc.) are not allowed if those items contain writing, symbols, pictures, or insignia that:
1. Display gang-related symbols
2. Use profanity
3. Display products or slogans which promote tobacco, alcohol, drugs or sex
4. Disrupt the educational process
5. Are obscene, libelous, or slanderous
6. Create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts, violation of school
regulations, or injury to students, staff, or community
7. Violate state hate-crime laws
Any clothing or apparel that a student or group of students wear to identify themselves for the purpose of harassing, threatening, or intimidating others will not be allowed. With regard to this section, school-site personnel do not have the discretion to create stricter dress and grooming standards at the school site, and personnel do not have the discretion to create exceptions to these requirements.
Students who fail to follow the provisions of this policy will be held accountable in accordance with established district/site discipline policy.