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8/2/2013 6:00:00 AM
Palo Verde High School outlines expected dress code for upcoming school year
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BLYTHE - Palo Verde High School Principal Brandy Cox released the dress code provisions for the upcoming school year. High school parents and students should be receiving this information as well as other pertinent information regarding modified open campus regulations and upcoming event dates.

The dress code will be enforced this school year beginning the first day of school, Aug. 21. The principal and vice principal can and will be the final authority to decide whether a student's clothing is aligned with the dress code.

If it is decided that a student's clothing does not meet dress code, a parent or guardian will be contacted and expected to bring appropriate clothing to the student. If this is not able to happen, the student will be sent to in-school suspension. The student may also be disciplined for violation the dress code policy.

Dress code policy is in effect at all school activities including field trips and athletic events. The dress code is as follows:

• The personal appearance of students may follow the style of the day; however, the wearing of overly tight, loose, distracting, extreme, or inappropriate apparel is not permitted. Clothing and jewelry displaying weapons will not be permitted. Special costumes may be worn when appropriate for school-approved activity.

• Headgear: the only hats allowed at PVHS should be plain (no logo) or have a PVHS logo. The following headgear is not allowed: bandanas, scarves, towels, stocking caps, hoods, large headbands, doo rags, and headphones (ear buds, o.k.).

• Shirts must cover both shoulders or have at least a one-inch strap. Shirt necklines must cover the chest area (no cleavage). Shirt fabric must be thick enough so that there are no areas in which the fabric is sheer or see through unless a tank top is worn underneath. No holes are permitted unless a tank top is worn underneath. Shirts must extend over the waist to below the top of the shorts or pants. No vulgar graphics or suggestive/double meaning logos are allowed on shirts.


• Shorts must have at least a three-inch inseam. Shorts must be worn at the waist. Athletic shorts that meet dress code standards are acceptable.

• Skirts or dresses must be as long as the finger tips when hands are at the student's side. Skirts must be worn at the waist. Dresses must have straps and meet all the requirements of the shirt dress code description.

• Pants, capris pants, or jeans: Pant legs may not drag the floor. Pants must be worn at the waist.


• Sneakers, shoes with a back, or other completely closed shoes are highly recommended. Due to safety issues related to traveling to and from classes, it is strongly suggested that students not wear flip-flops, sandals, Crocs, or open toe shoes. Additional requirements may be required for individual classes.

If there are any questions or concerns regarding Palo Verde Valley High School's dress code enforcement policy, contact the school at 760-922-7148.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Hey lets have casual friday's, and Bikini tuesday's or Mexican Monday's.

In the end just dress nicely, and decent. Because in the end there are going to be a few that will test the limits. Deal with them as they come, but do not try to make an example out of them. In which case it would make matter worst.

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: Sarah L

Why do the schools perform so low? As a retired teacher let me tell you what I see. What we have in Blythe is a culture of apathy. Many of our teachers are actually very excellent, bright and some have such a magnetism that I have my grandkids coming home excitedly telling me the latest stories they heard from their teachers {at the middle school} -- The fault does not lie with the teachers, nor does it lie with the students. The higher ups in the district have failed to create a cohesive culture that values learning, surprisingly they also hinder teachers from doing their jobs and are hostile to their own teachers! The second element of this failure is in the parents of kids who are basically roaming the streets and growing up uncivilized. Any kid without guidance at home will fail, plain and simple no matter how good the teachers and schools are. We as a community need to do something about parents who allow their kids to run truant and skip classes most of the week. Nothing will change unless the leadership of the schools treats their teachers with respect and indeed like family, all too often I hear from teachers how their hands are tied - how their good ideas are barred at every turn. Our schools also have little to offer our kids, almost no electives at the Middle School, and the good ones they had are gone. Leadership is to blame, bad planning, and a culture that divides students and teachers,

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: lowest performing schools in the county

Start fixing this and stop worrying about everything else

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2013
Article comment by: Jorge Cervantes

You should make dancing illegal too. And make sure the uniforms have armbands displaying the students religion and political party.

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2013
Article comment by: I'm just saying

I also see teacher that r dressed sloppy! If you want these kids to change then it also needs to come from the top. Some of those teachers r really sloppy. Old jeans and old t shirts hanging down, principle dress code for teachers also! Please!

Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Article comment by: Zack Morgan

"Boy, are you far out there." Haha, what a shallow way to discredit someone's ideas. I agree you need to dress the part to get a job, but you act as if the kids are too stupid to figure it out on their own and that they never will unless the school tells them how, bull!
All I am saying is that the purpose of a school is to provide education, if the kid with purple hair scores A grades and gets into a great college, what kind of twat has a right to tell them how their hair should be?

Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Article comment by: Dear Zack

Boy, are you far out there. Yes, I agree. The parents SHOULD have control of what their kids wear to school. But, sadly, they won't even take their own kids on. "Whatever" the kids want, don't hurt their psyche. Bull! One of the reasons for the concern in manner of dress is to help the students learn to dress for the job. That is, indeed, valuable learning - if the student plans to get a job some day. Some of the things kids come to school wearing is more appropriate for going to a party or rock concert. They do not have to look "hot" to attend school. History, English, Science, and Math are the usual school subjects. The teachers should be able to focus on that. However, good teachers also know that there are things just as important to success in life, like manners, self-respect, courtesy, etc. I realize those important aspects of life aren't on the "test", but they are crucial just the same. Try getting a decent job wearing tattoos on your arms, with "cool" earrings, with a pierced nose, your hair purple, and your pants hanging down lower than your you-know-what. You may be "cool" to your friends, but you will find yourself unemployable, even if you have a knowledge of the 3 R's. Yes, you are "free" to dress as you like, but don't be surprised at the consequences later. The schools are trying their best to prepare you for future of success, but when you reject those good intentions, well, you get what you earn. Wake up. You are anxious to grow up. That is good. But part of the education teachers have to deal with is to model and train you to BE an adult - fighting all the way if they have to. Be a caring and contributing parent. And, for those of you who already have parents who are actually parenting, consider yourself very lucky.

Posted: Friday, August 9, 2013
Article comment by: Zack Morgan

Baloney! Some people think they know it all., this dude obviously doesn't know anything about teaching. Some of the best teachers I ever had were also some of the coolest I ever knew. There were teachers who were serious all the time and I learned squat from them. It was the cool ones who focused on important stuff like teaching that taught me the most, not the ones that taught to the book. The dress codes are minor stuff compared to the real need of inspiring young people. I mean, who cares what they look like as long as they learn. Some will say it is a distraction, I say baloney. The teachers should focus on teaching and making connections with the minds of students and not sweat the small stuff. Let the parents figure out how to instill dressing sense into the kids, its not the schools job or place.

Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

School Uniforms? I think not. this brings to mind a music video of Britney Spears of " Baby one more time"

I can just see a bunch of old geezers lined up on the streets to school.

So why not just decent outfits of everyday wear.

Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013
Article comment by: Totally Agree

Good idea Brandy, I wish you success with this. I totally agree. Also agree that uniforms would also be a good idea. Also agree that the parent needs to step up and be parents and dress their children properly. Don't send your daughters to school looking like they should be walking the streets in Vegas. And don't send your sons looking like they should be in the streets in a gang. Teach our children to have respect for themselves and authority like the principal who is trying to help these children to become something. Clothing may not seem like an important thing to their education. But it really is. Lets teach them to strive for the best and feel good about themselves. You go Brandy,!!!!!

Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013
Article comment by: For Enforcement

Our youth today must understand that no matter where they go in life there will be rules. With every choice there is a consequence. Wether or not the consequence is of a positve nature is up to them. I hope that the total number of administration follow the rules or there should be consequence. Teachers are there to educate and this begins with the role model that is shown. Teachers you are not there to be "cool" or their friend. step up to the plate or retire! Good luck with this most difficult job.

Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013
Article comment by: Old Blythonian

The district should be more concerned with education. Wheres that priority??..

Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Article comment by: For Enforcement

I'm all for a dress code. We've had them before, though. Sounded good. BUT it will fail as all the others have IF some are willing to adhere to the code, and some are blind to it. Unless the administration - all the way up- will not support it, forget it. Why SHOULD they follow it if they can see that others don't, OR, the local administration ignores it. Kids will test it out to see if you mean business. If you mean business and are persistently consistent, they will follow the rules. Parents will make all kinds of excuses, and if they see that some students ignore it, they will also back off. When I was teaching, I was considered to be "mean" because I followed the rules. When I substituted in other "popular" teachers' classes, and we had students in common, I really got the attitude, when I followed the rules in that teacher's class. It will be difficult, I guarantee, as they won't believe you are serious. PROVE you mean business, and after a year, it becomes "tradition", and there will be no further problem. I hope it works. Those sagging pants are sickening.

Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Article comment by: Hey Parents

THIS DRESS CODE OUTLINE IS FOR PARENTS!! listen up - these are YOUR KIDS they are referring to. If u do your job before your kid goes thru the front door each day - then the rest of us won't have to scrutinize their apparel. We shouldn't have to anyway - use common sense and know that short shorts at school is NOT A GOOD IDEA!! If you question whether or not their clothing will be appropriate - it probably won't be. Why make life more difficult for the school employees who are there to TEACH - they shouldn't have to be bothered by your child's inappropriate clothing - that's your job.

Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Article comment by: Old Maid

Using idiotic measurements as to the 'end of their fingertips', that's a safe one. During the 60's, this is what we had to do in school-one kneels on the floor and the skirt could be so many inches (as per dress code rules) off the floor. That method assures the fanny is covered. Dress codes never work because no one will enforce them. Assign a 'fashion cop' each week (different teacher) and have them check dress code. Maybe that will work.

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