Student Dress Code

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Research has concluded that students are able to perform at their highest level in a safe and secure environment. A strong correlation exists between student appearance and the perception and/or reality of school violence.

The District’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. Any disruptive or distractive mode of clothing or appearance that adversely impacts the educational process is not permitted.

The following modes of dress or grooming are prohibited on any MISD campus:

CLOTHING:

  • Clothing, including tee shirts, which displays, sex, violence, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, death, gang or hate slogans or pictures
  • Short shorts, skirts (must be fingertip length)
  • Pants, shorts, and skirts with holes or tears above the knee
  • Pants, shorts, and skirts worn below the waist ("sagging" garments are not acceptable)
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear as outerwear, exposed underwear (appropriate undergarments will be worn at all times)
  • Exposed midriff or cleavage
  • Trench coats or dusters
  • See through shirts (e.g., thin or mesh)
  • Spaghetti straps, tank tops, basketball jersey (unless worn over an appropriate garment, such as an acceptable tee shirt)
  • Oversize, or overlong baggy pants (pants with pant legs that totally cover or hide the shoes are inappropriate)
  • Oversize or overlong baggy shirt (tall tees)
  • Leggings without appropriate clothing (must be at least fingertip length)
  • House shoes, slippers
  • Bare feet
  • Chains on clothing or wallets, or as necklaces
  • Any inappropriately worn or mode of clothing that is disruptive (tops or pants that are too tight)

GROOMING:

  • Non-natural colored hair (green, blue, purple, orange, cherry-red, etc.)
  • Hats, caps, sunglasses
  • Hairstyles that are distracting, disruptive or unsafe (head and facial)
  • Bandanas, hairnets, skull caps
  • Body piercing jewelry (other than jewelry in the ears)
  • Jewelry – swastika’s, pentagram, spoons, drug related items
  • Heavy or spiked jewelry (e.g., dog collars, heavy chains)
  • Body paint
  • Tattoos with provocative, profane or offensive pictures or writing

It is the campus administrator’s or designee’s responsibility to insure that enforcement of this policy is done so in a consistent manner with respect to community standards and age appropriateness. While it is inevitable that there will be differences of opinion regarding the appropriateness of a student's attire, the final decision lies with the building administrator.

Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)

Due to student management considerations in the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) including, but not limited to, safety concerns and possible concealment of contraband, the following dress requirements also apply to any student placed in DAEP:

  • White collared shirt with no markings; small manufacturers logos (1 inch or smaller) are acceptable
    • Shirt must be completely tucked in at all times.
    • White T-shirt may be worn underneath the shirt (no writing or pictures on T-shirt).
  • Undecorated khaki or tan pants with belt loops
    • Pants must fit appropriately and not sag.
    • No distressed fabric—no holes, tears, bleach spots, logos, etc.
    • No Cargo or Capri pants.
    • No Shorts
  • Belt: undecorated brown or black (no studs, jewelry, embroidery, etc.)
    • No large or ornate belt buckles
    • No inappropriate logos on buckle or belt.
  • Shoes: Regular closed toe or tennis shoes with white or black laces
    • No Boots
    • No Sandals, slippers, or beach shoes
  • Socks: white or black only
  • Hair must meet the McKinney I.S.D. grooming policy
  • No jewelry at any time (exception: a watch may be worn)
  • No oversized clothing
  • No gang paraphernalia

It is the campus administrator’s responsibility to ensure that enforcement of this policy is done so in a consistent manner with respect to community standards and age appropriateness. While it is inevitable that there will be differences of opinion regarding the appropriateness of a student's attire, the final decision lies with the building administrator.