Dress Code


General Guidelines

California education code 35183 states that students have the right to an effective public school education. They should feel safe and secure and the expectations should facilitate and maintain an effective learning environment that keeps the focus of the classroom on learning. Educators agree that school dress significantly influences pupil behavior. Additionally, AB 272 legislation found that unrestricted use of smartphones by pupils at elementary and secondary schools during the school day interferes with the educational mission of the schools, lowers pupil performance, particularly among low-achieving pupils, promotes cyberbullying, and contributes to an increase in teenage anxiety, depression, and suicide.

The Bellflower Unified School Board policy states that students will be provided with a quality education in a safe, appropriate environment. To this end, the Board has determined that the presence of certain types of clothes and attire can cause a substantial disruption to the safety and well-being of the students as well as to the instruction and school activities. Additionally, the Board of Education believes that all students have the right to be educated in a positive learning environment free from disruptions. Students shall be expected to exhibit appropriate conduct that does not infringe upon the rights of others or interfere with the school program. To that end, the Board Policy states that use of cellular devices shall be prohibited during instructional time.

Therefore, Bellflower Middle/High School has adopted the following dress code and general guidelines to 1) ensure the safety and security of students and to 2) minimize distractions to ensure the focus remains on learning.

The following promote safety and security of our students and minimize distractions from learning:

  • Cellular phones must be powered off and out of sight during instructional time.

  • Earbuds and headphones are only allowed with teacher permission and must be used for education and instruction.

  • Undergarments must be covered by outer clothes (A-shirts, camisoles, bralettes, sports bras, bathing suits, etc. are considered undergarments)

  • Shirts that cover undergarments and do not reveal midriffs or cleavage.

  • Shorts/pants that fit. Clothes that are too loose can fall off or cause a tripping hazard. Clothes that are too tight or have many holes can rip or get caught on objects.

  • Pants and shorts with an inseam greater than 2 inch and with no holes above the 2 inch inseam.

  • Skirts and dresses long enough to cover private parts when sitting or standing.

  • Shoe wear with solid bottom that stay on the student’s feet even when running

    • Heels and slippers should not be worn

The following are prohibited because they are hazardous to the health and safety of the school environment or cause a distraction from the learning:

  • “Gang-related apparel” (i.e. clothing, bandanas, jewelry, symbols, paraphernalia, or materials that evidence membership in or affiliation with any gang/crew/posse. NO baseball caps other than Bellflower High School gear.)

  • Any clothes or accessories that:

    • Express or advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice

    • Incite students to commit unlawful acts

    • Are obscene, vulgar or profane

    • Advertise or promote alcoholic beverages, drugs or violence

    • Are sexually suggestive or explicit

  • Sunglasses or hoods in class

  • Jewelry or accessories that pose a danger (i.e. spiked jewelry, chains, handcuffs, etc)

  • Sheer, low cut, bare midriff or braless outfits.

    • The bottom of the top should touch the top of the bottoms.

  • Cell phone during instructional time

  • Audio or video recording without the consent of the person

  • Headphones/Earbuds during passing period or unstructured school time (i.e. snack and lunch)

    • Being able to hear the commands and directions of staff and faculty is imperative to student safety

  • Portable speakers, boom boxes, personal gaming devices or any electronic device disruptive to the learning environment.

  • Carrying of skateboards, scooters, bikes, or other modes of transportation

    • Those items should be locked in the provided racks

Behavioral Corrective Measures

The following outlines the progressive discipline for students while on campus:

Dress Code Violations:

  1. Warning and violation is corrected

  2. Warning, violation is corrected and parent/guardian notified

  3. Violation corrected and behavior contract signed by parent/guardian and student

  4. Violation corrected and the parent/guardian must sign in the student in the morning for 1 week.

Cell Phone Use* Violations:

  1. Teacher warning

  2. Teacher confiscation and returned at the end of the period

  3. Teacher confiscation, parent/guardian notified, returned at the end of the period

  4. Office confiscations, parent/guardian notified, returned at the end of the day

  5. Office confiscations, parent/guardian notified, parent must pick-up phone from the office

*”Use” is defined as, but not limited to, having the device on, having the device out on campus, viewing, typing, sending or receiving messages, checking or entering phone numbers, taking or viewing pictures/videos, checking the time, or reaching for the device in a backpack or purse.

Carrying Electronic Devices or Modes of Transportation:

  1. Confiscated and returned at the end of the day

  2. Confiscated, parent/guardian notified, returned at the end of the day

  3. Confiscated, returned to the parent or guardian only

  4. Confiscated, returned at the end of the quarter

Any student refusing to correct their dress code violation or hand over their electronic device or mode of transportation to any staff member will be considered in defiance of authority. The student will receive, at minimum, a detention, and may be suspended.

Consequences & Guardian Responsibility

Students that come to school in violation of the dress code will be sent to the office. If corrective action is possible then the student should make the correction and will be sent back to class. The parent/guardian will be notified and are expected to ensure that the violation does not re-occur.

If the dress code violation cannot be easily corrected, the parent/guardian will be contacted and asked to bring new clothes for the student that follow the dress code. The student will not be able to return to class until the correction has been made.

For repeat offenders, we will ask that the parent/guardian enter the campus with the student at the start of the day to ensure that the parent/guardian has approved of the student’s dress and that everything is following the dress code.

The parent/guardian will be given an opportunity to meet with the principal or the assistant principal to discuss the violation. If the parent/guardian is not satisfied at the conclusion of the conference, the parent/guardian may schedule an appointment with the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee.

Parents/guardians should communicate with their students before and after school, at snack and at lunch. If a parent/guardian needs to contact their student, please call the office and the student will be able to be reached through the classroom phone.

It should be noted that Bellflower High School is not responsible for the loss or theft of any electronic device. If students elect to bring an item of value to campus, the student is responsible for the supervision of their property. Guardians should provide locks to students for modes of transportation and it is the responsibility of the student to lock up the item.