Public elementary and secondary schools; dress or grooming codes. (HB2104)

Introduced By

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge) with support from co-patrons Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public elementary and secondary schools; dress or grooming codes. Requires any dress or grooming code, which the bill defines as any practice, policy, or portion of a code of student conduct adopted by a school board that governs or restricts the attire of any enrolled student, to (i) permit any student to wear any religiously, ethnically, or culturally specific or significant head covering or hairstyle, including hijabs, yarmulkes, headwraps, braids, dreadlocks, and cornrows; (ii) maintain gender neutrality by subjecting any student to the same set of rules and standards regardless of gender; (iii) be clear, specific, and objective and avoid any subjective term or standard such as "distracting," "provocative," or "inappropriate"; (iv) prohibit any school board employee from enforcing the dress or grooming code by direct physical contact with a student or a student's attire; and (v) prohibit any school board employee from requiring a student to undress in front of any other individual, including the enforcing school board employee, to comply with the dress or grooming code. The bill requires the Board of Education to include in its guidelines and model policies for codes of student conduct standards for dress or grooming codes. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103700D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Education
01/18/2019Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #2
01/18/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2104)
01/25/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/25/2019Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (4-Y 5-N)
02/05/2019Left in Education