Dress Code and Grooming (All Grade Levels)
The district’s dress code prevents disruption, minimizes safety hazards, and maintains a positive learning climate. Students and parents may determine personal attire and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following:
- Any clothing, accessories, or visible tattoos that depict images or language that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, obscene, or advertise weapons, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or other substances are strictly prohibited. *Offensive is defined as indecent, sexually explicit, or advocates prejudice or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
- Any clothing and accessories that could be considered costume wear are strictly prohibited unless the clothing is part of a teacher-approved or campus-approved activity. Shoes must be worn at all times. Slippers are not permitted.
- Any clothing that is sheer, see-through, mesh, exposes the midsection, back, chest, or other areas that are considered private, are strictly prohibited. Undergarments shall not be visible or exposed. Spaghetti straps (a strap less than 2”) and tanks with oversized armholes are not permitted without a sleeved undershirt.
- Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be of a modest length. Clothing cannot have holes or frays that expose any undergarments or private areas of the body.
- All head coverings and hats must not be worn inside school buildings except for a cap or hat that is part of (1) a uniform worn at a school activity (2) for religious or medical purposes, or (3) part of a teacher-approved or campus-approved activity. Hoodies are allowed, but the hood must remain down while in the building.
- Facial piercings should be small and discrete. Jewelry and accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon are prohibited.
- Hairstyles must not detract from learning.
- District-issued student IDs must be visible before or during school hours for secondary students.
The standards listed above may not cover every possible instance of appropriate or inappropriate grooming or appearance. While it is inevitable that there will be differences of opinion as to the appropriateness of dress, grooming, and/or determining whether or not a student’s attire is disruptive or distracting to the educational environment, the final determination will be made by the campus principal.
If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school and return to the classroom. If the problem cannot be corrected at school, the campus administration will work with the student and a parent to obtain an acceptable change of clothing for the student in a way that minimizes the loss of instructional time. Repeated or severe offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
The principal, in cooperation with the sponsor, coach, or a person in charge of an extracurricular activity, may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity. Students who violate dress and grooming standards established for such an activity may be removed or excluded from the activity for a period determined by the principal or sponsor and may be subject to other disciplinary action, as specified in the Student Code of Conduct. This includes UIL activities or other special functions. [See FO series].
Students in attendance as spectators are expected to dress in good taste. Exceptions will be permitted for bona ﬁde religious reasons.