The Right Clothes Can Help Students Succeed

When shopping for back-to-school clothes, keep this list handy as supplied by Fountain Valley High School.

No matter how much your daughter begs and pleads with you for that new pair of black short shorts or to-die-for sheer spaghetti-strap top, remember to be practical and shop appropriately when buying ‘back-to-school' clothing. Otherwise, she might end up wearing her gym clothes all day.

Each year, students seem to push the boundary when it comes to appropriate clothing for school. And each year, administrators are forced to rewrite the dress code and come down harder and harder on offenders.

Some of the biggest problems every year are crop tops and short skirts, as well as shoulder straps that are too thin and revealing undergarments.

Clothing must have 2-3 inches of fabric covering shoulders, and shorts must not expose the upper thigh when seated. And clothing that reveals any undergarments is prohibited, as well as tight or revealing clothing. 

But it's not just about the girls. Boys are prohibited from wearing tank tops or sleeveless shirts, and only Fountain Valley High School hats and beanies may be worn during school hours.

Here are some tips:


  • Halter Tops
  • Tube Tops
  • Backless Tops/Dresses
  • Spaghetti Straps
  • Baggy Pants
  • Tops showing Midriff
  • Excessively Tight/See-Through Clothing


  • PANTS:
    Must not expose underwear
    Must stay up without a belt
    Must not drag excessively on the ground
    Must not expose underwear
    Must stay up without a belt
    Must not expose the upper thigh when seated
    Must have 2-3 inches fabric covering shoulders
    Halter, backless, tube tops, spaghetti straps ARE NOT ALLOWED
    Exposure of midriff or cleavage is NOT ALLOWED
    Hems/slits in skirts/dresses must cover the
    mid-thigh when seated.
    Clothing must have 2-3 inches fabric covering shoulders.
    Halter, backless, spaghetti straps NOT ALLOWED
    Exposure of midriff/cleavage is NOT ALLOWED

(Source: FVHS)

Melissa Pete August 22, 2012 at 04:30 PM
What would really be great is if ALL of the teachers and administrators enforced their dress code. Please don't tell me they do. They don't. My kids go to school with the kids who dress inappropriately, and it is allowed to happen. The biggest issue with this is that the kids are learning that rules aren't anything to be taken seriously.
Grady's Window Cleaning August 22, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I think that is why "Each year, students seem to push the boundary." If you can get away with spagetti straps last year, who not try a tube top this year? Any psychologist will tell you, kids want boundries. (even though they probably don't realize it) They will push until they find the edge. If the edge is always moving, or bends at the first sign of pressure, they will always be pushing.


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