UPDATE: USA Today recently reported that more schools are requiring teachers and other staff to follow dress codes.
I surveyed some local school districts to find out if our area is following the national trend.
San Juan Unified requires staff to dress appropriately, but doesn't give specifics.
Sacramento City Unified asks teachers "to maintain professional standards of dress and grooming." It also asks staff to "wear clothing that demonstrates their high regard for education."
Some districts let school principals decide if there will be a dress code.
A few districts have more specific dress codes. The Placer County Office of Education asks their teachers and staff to use "sound judgment" and "good taste," but are given some specifics: no halter tops, bare midriffs, clothing with obscene, vulgar or offensive messages or clothing with alcohol- or tobacco-related logos.
Westlake Charter School and Westlake Charter Middle School in Natomas have a very specific dress code. They prohibit bare midriffs, tube tops, spaghetti straps, see-through clothes, excessively tight clothes, inappropriate skirt lengths and clothes that are faded, torn, patched, frayed or dirty.
Shorts and sweatpants can only be worn by PE or arts teachers, unless there is a picnic, field trip, nature walk, in-service day or Spirit Day, according to the code.