Dress Code

The purpose of a school dress code is to encourage students to focus on the learning process without the distractions of unsuitable dress and grooming. Personal appearance shall not detract from the educational process. Students shall maintain an orderly and clean appearance at all times. When a student's appearance at school becomes a disruptive factor, a safety hazard, or a health concern, the administration will take the appropriate steps to correct and remedy the situation. The minimum acceptable standards for student dress and grooming to be interpreted and enforced by the principal or designees at Diplomat Middle School are:

  1. Shoes (appropriate footwear) must be worn at all times. The following are not permitted for safety reasons: backless footwear, shoes with metal bottoms, clogs, flip flops, and slippers.
  2. Apparel shall be adequate in both length and coverage to be considered appropriate for school. Skirts and dresses must come to the top of the knee. The slit of the skirt may not extend higher than the extended fingertips. Spandex is not permitted.
  3. All pants must be full length to the ankle and properly fastened, buttoned, zipped, and worn at the natural waistline.
  4. Yoga pants, sweat pants, joggers, leggings or pajama pants are not permitted. Undergarments such as boxer shorts may not be worn as outer garments, nor should they be visible at any time. Overalls must have both straps securely fastened at all times.
  5. Pants, Capri pants, and shorts with holes are not permitted.
    1. NO designer jeans with holes are allowed, even with garments worn or sewn underneath.
  6. Shorts are permitted. When standing, shorts must descend to the top of the knee.
  7. Shirts and blouses shall be appropriately fastened. All shirts and blouses must have sleeves that cover the shoulder. The length of the shirt or blouse must extend beyond the waist level when the student raises both hands over his/her head (midriffs should not be visible at any time). Tank tops may only be worn when a sleeved shirt or blouse is worn over the garment.
  8. Transparent or see through tops, low-cut clothing or tops, strapless, bare midriff, and outfits that provide minimum coverage or are of a suggestive nature are not permitted. Clothing articles such as halters, backless dresses or tops, tube tops, tank top style dresses, spaghetti strap clothing, muscle shirts, pajama pants, sweat pants, or any clothing, which may be distracting, are not permitted.
  9. Jackets are not to be used to cover dress code violations. Trench coat style coats are not permitted.
  10. Any articles of clothing or jewelry that could likely cause injury, such as chains, belts, bracelets, rings, chokers, with or without spikes/studs, are not permitted. Wallet chains of any length are not permitted.
  11. Apparel, emblems, insignias, badges, or symbols that promote the use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or any other illegal activity are not permitted.
  12. Apparel or symbols that may be gang or cult related are not permitted. This includes all black attire.
  13. Hats, caps, headgear, bandanas, and sunglasses are not permitted to be worn or even brought to school except in conjunction with designated school approved uniforms and at authorized activities. Combs shall not be worn.
  14. Adornments that are attached to exposed body parts other than the ears are not permitted (for example: an adornment attached to the tongue, nose, cheek, lip, and eyebrow is not permitted).
  15. Writing on the body, tattoos, and body stickers are not permitted.
  16. Mohawks and extreme spiked hair styles are considered a distraction and are therefore not permitted.
  17. Cosmetic make-up must not be excessive to the point where it becomes a disruptive factor.
  18. Clothing, book bags, jewelry, buttons, or any other items with slogans or advertising that is controversial or obscene in nature or disrupts the educational setting are not permitted. Clothing with suggestive words, graphics, or symbols are not permitted.

Any infraction of the dress and grooming policy which the teacher or administration feels disrupts the flow of education will be addressed. Should a student choose to dress or groom inappropriately according to the school's dress & grooming code, he/she will be placed in ISS room until the parent comes to the school to correct the situation. After repeated dress or grooming code violations, the student will be considered insubordinate.


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