School Rules

  • Dress Code & Grooming Guidelines

    Sylvan Middle School has the responsibility to establish and maintain appropriate standards of dress and grooming that support a positive, appropriate, and safe learning   and teaching environment.

    The purpose of a dress and grooming code is to facilitate education, not to inhibit any person’s taste in attire or appearance.  Students should be clean and neatly dressed in a manner that will be decent, not hazardous to the health and safety of others, and not disruptive or distracting from the educational program of the school.

    In addition, no articles of clothing or school materials, including hats, backpacks, book covers, and binders, may have pictures, printing, or writing that is gang affiliated, crude, vulgar, profane, sexually suggestive, racially, ethnically, or religiously intolerant.  Nor shall those articles promote violence, the use of drugs or alcohol, or which in the opinion of the Sylvan Middle School administration, is disruptive to the learning environment.

    The School reserves the right to determine and enforce this dress code and to determine what constitutes a violation.  Specifically, the students at Sylvan Middle School are expected to abide by the following dress code:

    • No exposed midriff.  The midriff should remain covered when arms are raised above the head
    • No spaghetti straps or tank tops
    • No tube tops, halter, bare shoulders, one-shoulder tops, see-through or fish net fabrics, or exposed “cleavage.”
    • Skirt and short length must extend beyond the fingertips when standing and arms fully extended straight down.
    • Opaque (not see through) tights must be worn underneath any shorts or skirts that do not meet the length rule.
    • Pants must be worn in a fashion that does not expose undergarments-no sagging.
    • Students may not wear jeans with holes, rips, or tears above the mid thigh in the front or back.  No pajamas.
    • May only be worn over approved shirts and tops
    • Must be removed in class
    • Trench coats are not allowed
    4.    FOOTWEAR:
    • No flip flops/thongs, spiked heels, steel toe shoes, slippers, or “Heelies.”  All footwear must have a strap around the heel.
    5.    HEADWEAR:
    • Baseball style caps may not be worn on school campus.
    • Hats with a full brim may be worn for sun protection only.  They must have a brim around the entire hat and must be free from writing and/or images that may disrupt the learning environment.
    • Beanies may be worn outside in winter months and/or cold weather.
    • Students are prohibited from wearing hats, hoods, or “beanies” indoors.  Students may wear head coverings required in observance of their religion or for medical reasons approved by administration.
    • Apparel, jewelry, accessories, body markings, backpacks, and binders must be free of writing, pictures, stickers or any insignia which promote violence or disruptive behavior, appear to be crude, vulgar, profane, sexually suggestive, or which advocate racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice, or use of drugs or alcohol, or gangs.
    • Must also conform to the same standards listed above.
    • Sunglasses must be removed indoors and outdoors upon request.
    7.    SPIRIT WEAR
    • Students may wear any approved school spirit, club, or athletic shirt.
    8.    School staff may impose specific dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports and/or classes.

    * Students may not wear PE clothes to their other classes

    NOTE It is important to recognize that the dress code changes as new information is gathered as to specific meanings or if disruption on campus occurs because of a specific symbol, color combination, logo, etc.  Parents and students will be made aware of these changes as they occur; compliance with them is essential.  The school reserves the right to determine and enforce this dress code and to establish what constitutes a violation.

District Policy on Use of Students in Photos and Video

  • Photos and video footage of students add significantly to the communication value of district and school publications, television productions, and websites. It is the district's desire to share the achievements and recognition earned by students with the broader community. This effort can be aided by the use of photos or video footage showing students involved in the classroom and school-related activities.

    Photos & Video

    Unless notified in writing of an objection by a parent, legal guardian, or student of age 18, photographs and video footage of students and/or names may be posted in district-produced materials including printed publications, television productions, and websites.

    If parents do not wish photographs or videos of their students to be used in these materials, they should complete a Photo/Video Opt-Out form available at school offices or via the link below. Please be aware that opt-out requests are valid for the current school year and must be renewed at the start of the next school year.
    If an opt-out form is filed, district and school staff members will ALSO request news media not interview your student or film/photograph your student. While local news media typically honor such requests, the district does not have legal authority to prevent your student from talking with media or restricting who media outlets film or photograph. You are encouraged to have a discussion with your student about your wishes should members of the news media request to interview them. 
    If photos or videos of students or staff are going to be created, maintained or displayed by a third party where the district or school will not have direct control of the materials, then a written release form is required. Contact the Community Relations Office at (916) 979-8281 to discuss options. 

    Photos & Video - Special Education Students and Homeless Students

    School and district staff will always seek parent/guardian permission before using a photo that identifies a student receiving special education or homeless services. Permission forms for these situations can also be obtained from school offices or via the link below.

    Please contact your school office or the Community Relations Office at (916) 979-8281 if you have any questions about this policy.

Last Modified on January 19, 2023