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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO : School Dress Code Gaining Acceptance

Traditional school-year classes have not started yet, but some parents are already calling the Capistrano Unified School District with questions about what students will be forbidden to wear.

District spokeswoman Jacqueline Price said about 10 parents have telephoned in the past week to check what’s acceptable apparel and what’s not.

Price said the inquiries are an encouraging sign that parents--and students--are becoming accustomed to the district’s dress code, passed by trustees in July 1993.

At that time, a copy of the “Student Dress and Grooming Standards” was mailed to each of the 23,000 homes served by the district. The district has 32,000 students. A copy of the code was also sent to area retailers who carry clothing popular to teen-agers.

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The district’s code forbids revealing clothes, “gang-related” apparel, any clothing that is considered unsafe, and that which has offensive or obscene symbols.


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