Student Dress Code in K-12 Schools

Education law expert Rick Verstegen will guide you through developing a legally compliant dress code. You will learn what provisions to include and which to avoid.

What You'll Learn

  • How have dress codes evolved?
  • Can you impose a mandatory dress code based on gender?
  • What key provisions allow school boards to set rules for student dress?
  • How do First Amendment freedoms affect your dress code?
  • Can you restrict disruptive clothing? What defines “disruptive”?
  • How do Title IX and other anti-discrimination laws relate to the dress code?
  • What pitfalls and best practices do recent court cases reveal?
  • How should you address student and parent objections to dress code violations?
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Training Overview

Dress Code for 2023–24. Learn how new laws, regulations, and court decisions affect your policy.

As you begin compiling your policies and handbook for the next school year, you need to update the student dress code. School administrators must understand the applicable current laws and regulations. In addition, recent court decisions set new parameters and reflect legal implications you must consider.

  • How have dress codes evolved?
  • Can you impose a mandatory dress code based on gender?
  • What key provisions allow school boards to set rules for student dress?
  • How do First Amendment freedoms affect your dress code?
  • Can you restrict disruptive clothing? What defines “disruptive”?
  • How do Title IX and other anti-discrimination laws relate to the dress code?
  • What pitfalls and best practices do recent court cases reveal?
  • How should you address student and parent objections to dress code violations?
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Who Should Attend?
  • Superintendents
  • Deputy, associate, and assistant superintendents
  • Chief business and operations officers
  • Diversity and equity officers
  • Directors of special education
  • Student services directors
  • Personnel and human resources directors
  • Athletic directors
  • Title IX coordinators
  • Board members
  • Principals
  • Vice principals and assistant principals
What's included
Training includes
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Richard F. Verstegen
  • Partner with Boardman & Clark, LLP of Madison, Wisconsin
  • School Law Practice Group and Labor and Employment Group
  • Represents educational institutions in a variety of education law matters
  • Published many articles regarding education and employment law
  • Former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Current member of the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School