John Adams Middle School Santa Monica
JAMS policies

John Adams Middle School Policies

In accordance with policy set forth by the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education (BP 5132), students
shall not express themselves in ways that are “obscene, libelous, or slanderous.” In its desire to keep
district schools and students free from the harmful influence of gangs, the Board also prohibits “the
presence of any apparel; jewelry, accessory, notebook, or manner of grooming which by virtue of its
color, trademark, arrangement, or any other attribute, denotes membership in any such group.” In
addition, per our sexual harassment policy, students are not allowed to wear clothing with sexually
explicit representations.

John Adams Middle School believes in giving its students enough freedom of choice in selecting their
school clothes in a way that lets them express their individual creativity while still being respectful of
others. These rules are in place in order to ensure the safety and well being of all students, and we ask
parents to assist us by selecting clothing that meets the following criteria.
  • No clothing with profanity is allowed.
  • No clothing promoting violence is allowed.
  • No clothing that advertises or promotes alcohol, tobacco, drugs or firearms is allowed.
  • No clothing that would be offensive to a person of average reason or sensitivity or create a hostile environment for someone else due to gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, cultural or national heritage, or religion is allowed.
Other inappropriate clothing:
  • Exposed undergarments of any kind
  • Transparent clothing
  • Bare midriffs / low cut tops or pants/Tube tops
  • Clothing bottoms…no shorter than your fists when your arms are hanging by your side
  • Chains hanging from clothing, spiked jewelry or belts
  • Bandanas and hoods are not allowed to be worn at any time on campus
  • No flip-flop sandals or bedroom slippers... shoes must have closed backs or back strap.
Please note that none of these dress code requirements or refinements in any way imply that anyone would ever be less than fully responsible for their own behavior; regardless of the dress of another. Students who violate any part of this dress code will be given an opportunity to change into their own clothing or into school-provided alternative clothing. Administration reserves the right to make final determination as to the appropriateness of dress.

Students are expected to dress and participate on a daily basis in physical education. The school's PE uniform (shirts, shorts, and sweats) are sold in the student store. Students will be allowed to wear a plain gray shirt and navy blue shorts in lieu of the official physical education uniform. Failure to dress for physical education will result in academic consequences. Students are required to use a JAMS lock only. Key locks are not permitted.

Every student will be assigned a PE locker in which to store his or her physical education uniform during the week. Every locker in the PE Dressing Room shall be subjecct to random inspection by any person, including a police officer, authorized by the administration at any time, with or without the presence of the student to whom the locker is assigned and without advance notice thereof. The student shall be responsible for any and all items found in the locker, regardless of whether the student claims or admits to be the owner or sustodian thereof; in addition, any item found subsequently to be the possession of any other student not authorized to use the locker in wquestion may be the basis of additional proceedings, disciplinary or criminal, against him or her.


Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District