Board Policies

This Policy is under review.

8430 - Student Appearance

Last Updated Date:

Adoption Date: 11/03/1980

Revision History: 5-5-97 ,4-12-2011, 12.12.2019 ,11.12.2020 ,03.14.2022

The Grand Island Public Schools endorses the concept that appropriate school attire is conducive to a learning atmosphere. The responsibility for the appearance of the students in the Grand Island Public Schools rests with the parents and students. Apparel must comply with the health and safety codes and not interfere with the educational process. Apparel will be tolerated only to the point of compromising safety or, based on the training and expertise of district officials, communicating an intimidating, hostile, threatening, obscene, or similar detriment to the educational environment or rights of other students to receive their education, including when any apparel causes or is reasonably likely to cause a material and substantial disruption. Apparel that advocates tolerance for or advertises controlled or illegal products or substances, promotes gang-related affiliation or activity, or in any other way causes or is likely to cause disruption will not be permitted unless required by law. This policy applies to student appearance during the school day and to after school events when disruptive to the event. The Superintendent designates the building administrator, teacher, coach, and/or sponsor to address any disruption to the school or event environment concerning appropriate apparel during school and before/afterschool events.

GIPS attire guidelines exist to recognize that our schools and community partners require a more respectful attire than what is sometimes worn on social media and in the community outside of GIPS. Respectful guidelines include but are not limited to:

  • All students must be covered from mid-thigh to top of chest in clothing that covers all undergarments
  • Items that cover the head, neck, or face are not permitted - other than district required mask, approved religious attire, or protective hair coverings specific to policy 8455
  • For grades 6-12, school issued ID must be made visible on the upper torso 

All students, parents, and staff are responsible for implementation of the attire guidelines in GIPS. Students violating the attire guidelines will be asked to change their clothing before continuing in school. Students participating in extracurricular activities will follow coach or sponsor clothing guidelines. 

If a student violates the policy on a repeated basis (3 or more violations), the student shall be subject to such consequences as are determined to be appropriate by the school administrator(s) in light of the particular situation. Consequences may include, but are not limited to, detention, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and expulsion.

The Grand Island Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity that it operates. The District is required by Title IX (20 U.S.C. § 1681) and 34 CFR Part 106 not to discriminate in such a manner. This requirement not to discriminate also applies to admission and employment. Any inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the District Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Civil Rights, or both. The GIPS Board of Education designates the following individuals to serve as GIPS Title IX Coordinators for students and staff and serve as Compliance Coordinator:

Title: Dr. Summer E. Stephens, Associate Superintendent  
Coordinator for Student Complaints and Compliance Coordinator 
Office address: 
Kneale Administration Building, 123 S. Webb Road, Grand Island, NE 68802    
Phone number: 308-385-5900            

Title: Dr. Carrie Kolar, Chief of Human Capital Management 
Coordinator for Staff Complaints            
Office address: 
Kneale Administration Building, 123 S. Webb Road, Grand Island, NE 68802    
Phone number: 308-385-5900    

For information regarding the Grand Island Public Schools procedure for complaints of sexual harassment including the complaint process, how to file a report or a complaint of sexual harassment, how to file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, and how the District will respond to such complaints see Board Policy, 6205 Staff and 8505 Student, located on the GIPS web site.

Policy References:

Neb Statute 79-526