Mesquite

Admin

Standard Dress - Elementary & Secondary

DRESS AND GROOMING (All Grade Levels)

The district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards.  Students involved in extracurricular activities may be held to a higher standard with regard to dress and grooming.

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.  If not corrected, the student may be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day, until the problem is corrected, or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school.  Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.  School officials have the authority to take up disallowed items.

The district prohibits any clothing or grooming that in the principal’s judgment may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of or interference with normal operations.  Any apparel or grooming that is extreme, distracting, unsafe, gang-related, offensive, or threatening may be deemed unacceptable by the building administrator and, therefore, is not permitted.  While it is inevitable that there will be differences of opinion regarding the appropriateness of a student’s dress and grooming, the decision of the building principal is final and cannot be appealed further.

Applies to All

The following guidelines apply to all students at all campuses, including elementary campuses that do not participate in Standard Dress. Additional regulations for all secondary schools and participating elementary schools are listed under Standard Dress Guidelines below.

Clothing

  • Ill-fitting clothes are not allowed, e.g., too tight, too baggy, sagging, too short, too long, too low, immodest, sloppy, etc.
  • Shorts, skirts, and jumpers must be mid-thigh or longer.
  • Slits in skirts will not extend more than 3 inches above the knee.
  • Cutoffs, boxer shorts, pajama bottoms, athletic shorts or sweats, bike shorts, and leggings as outer garments are not allowed (elementary may make allowances, e.g., leggings, etc.).
  • Shirts must have sleeves after the third grade.
  • Hoods will not be worn inside the building.Hoodies must be solid in color and may have a school or college logo.
  • Torn, ripped, or cut clothing is not allowed.

Shoes

  • Loafers, athletic shoes, dress shoes, and closed-toe mules or closed-toe slides are acceptable.
  • Sandals and open-toed shoes must have a back strap.
  • Unsafe shoes are not permitted, e.g., shoes with wheels, slippers, flip flops, etc.

Accessories

  • Tongue piercings, visible body piercings (other than earrings), and gauges are not allowed, including spacers and bandages used to conceal piercings.
  • Grills and decorations on teeth are not allowed.
  • Inappropriate tattoos and body art are not allowed.
  • Hats, head scarves, bandanas, hair coverings, and sweatbands are not allowed in the building.

Hair

Students will wear their hair out of their eyes, well-groomed, and clean at all times.  Extreme hairstyles, designs, and unnatural hair colors are not permitted.  Facial hair is also not permitted.

 

Standard Dress Guidelines

All secondary campuses and elementary campuses that participate in Standard Dress will adhere to the following guidelines in addition to the aforementioned guidelines under Applies to All.

The required colors for Standard Dress bottoms are solid khaki, gray, navy blue, or black; however, jeans, denim, vinyl and leather are not allowed.  Approved bottoms are slacks, pants, skirts, jumpers, shorts, and capri pants.  Belts must be worn with bottoms.

All tops for Standard Dress must have collars and be solid colors.  Approved tops include shirts, blouses, turtlenecks, and polo-style shirts.

All outerwear must be worn over a Standard Dress top.  No trench coats allowed.


Exceptions

Students are allowed to wear special clothing as designated by coursework, e.g., clinical rotation, JROTC, etc.  Students with special needs may apply for a waiver to these guidelines; the principal will evaluate and approve these waivers on a case-by-case basis. The principal has discretion to allow for days that students may wear organization shirts, college or military shirts, and senior shirts.  Students new to the District have 10 calendar days to comply with the standard dress policy and will follow an alternative dress code, determined by the principal, during the interim.