Dress Code

Appropriate Dress “Dress for Success”

Royal High School looks upon appropriate dress as a key component of the educational process.  School prepares students for success.  While security and safety continue to be the driving forces behind the following policy, they are not the only factors.  

Royal High School's “Dress for Success” philosophy follows accepted business attire that includes all security and safety factors to assure a healthy learning environment. Any articles of clothing that include color, slogans, and numbers that relate to violence, prohibited substances, offenses against creed or gender, or articles of immodesty are not to be worn at Royal High School. 

Appropriate dress is expected at all RHS sponsored events, including, but not limited to, dances, ASB activities, parent/student meetings, and sporting events. RHS reserves the right to refuse entrance to any RHS sponsored event due to inappropriate clothing.  

Students who willingly choose to dress inappropriately will be asked to change.  If the student does not have appropriate clothes, they may be provided with clothing from the school.  Otherwise, arrangements must be made for students to go home or for parents to bring clothes to school.  Violations of school dress policies will result in disciplinary action.  Items may be confiscated for evidentiary purposes. 

Dress Code: Gang Attire - Royal School District


The dress code policy aims to maintain a safe and inclusive educational environment by prohibiting clothing or accessories associated with gangs as defined by Washington State law.


Gang attire refers to clothing, accessories, or symbols that are commonly associated with gangs, as outlined in Washington State law (RCW 9.94A.030).


  • Prohibited Clothing:
    • Clothing displaying gang insignia, emblems, or symbols.
    • Clothing associated with known gangs, including specific colors or patterns commonly affiliated with gangs.
    • Clothing that promotes or glorifies gang activity or violence.
  • Prohibited Accessories:
    • Bandanas, headbands, or any headwear primarily associated with gang culture.
    • Excessive or oversized belt buckles, belt tails, or chains that are indicative of gang affiliation.
    • Tattoos or body markings associated with gangs visible while in school attire.
  • Prohibited Behavior:
    • Engaging in hand signs, gestures, or signals commonly associated with gangs.
    • Forming groups or cliques based on gang affiliation.
    • Advocating or promoting gang-related activities through speech, written materials, or social media.
    • Disrupting the school learning environment and/or intimidation physically or emotionally others


Students found in violation of the dress code policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary actions as outlined in the Royal School Districts code of conduct and WA State law (R.C.W. 28A.600.455). 

Note: This dress code policy is based on the current understanding of gang attire in Washington State and may be revised as necessary to align with any changes in state law or community needs.

Dress for Success Expectation

WAC 28A.320.140
The purpose of dress expectation is to help each student set a standard for his/her personal appearance that is appropriate within the accepted standards of Royal High School. Students are expected to demonstrate pride in their personal appearance for it reflects individually on them and collectively on the school.

  • Head: No sunglasses. Hats/hood or other head coverings must be removed upon request of classroom teacher or administrator.
  • Torso: Clothing must cover stomachs, backs, shoulders, chest, and undergarments. No shirts with oversize arm holes, halter-tops, tube tops, bare midriff shirts, and spaghetti straps.
  • Legs: Pants/shorts must be worn at or above the hips. Shorts, skirts, dresses must be no shorter than mid thigh. Holes in clothing that expose undergarments will be prohibited.
  • Feet: Footwear must be worn at all times appropriate for the activity involved in.
  • Images: Any article of clothing, jewelry, or tattoos advertising or depicting firearms, alcohol, tobacco, gang affiliation, inappropriate sexual innuendos, and drugs are not permitted

Exceptions to the dress code may be made for special days or special events. These days and events are announced in advance.

Student dress shall be neat, clean, and within the bounds of decency, health, and safety. Dress and appearance is the responsibility of the parent and student; however, dress and appearance shall not be disruptive to the educational process. Students need to dress appropriately to learn. A student who wears clothing that disrupts the educational process will be referred to an administrator.  

The Royal High School "Dress for Success" expectations are subject to change based upon new trends and information that applies to the safety of all students.