Dress and Grooming Code

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    The District’s Dress and Grooming Code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, instill discipline, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards, and teach respect for authority and the work environment. Students shall be dressed and groomed in a manner that is clean and neat, not a distraction, and in a way that does not create a health or safety hazard. The District prohibits any clothing or grooming that in the principal’s judgment may reasonably be expected to cause distraction, interfere with normal school operations, or create a safety hazard. The student and parent may determine the student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following Dress and Grooming Code:

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    • Students must wear their ID at all times when at school or traveling to and from school using District transportation.
    • Student clothing must completely cover the student’s torso and legs from 3 inches below the collar bone to 3 inches above the knee.  Shirts and blouses must be buttoned or snapped to conceal all skin to 3 inches below the collar bone.
      • Pre-K - 5th Grade Only: Shirts and blouses must have at least one-inch coverage between the shoulder and neck. Spaghetti straps are not allowed.
      • 6th Grade – 12th Grade Only: Students may not wear tank tops, strapless dresses or spaghetti straps. No tank tops, regardless of width of straps, are allowed. Short sleeves must be at least square with shoulders. Shoulder-less tops are not allowed.
    • Students are allowed to wear shorts, skirts, and/or dresses, provided that they are no more than 3 inches above the knee and do not have holes or tears three inches above the knee.  The top of slits must begin no more than 3 inches above the knee.
    • All pants, shorts, and skirts must be worn at the waist level. Sagging and loose pants, shorts, or skirts are prohibited.
    • Pants, shorts and other articles of clothing that are torn, ragged, frayed or contain holes are not permitted without appropriate covering underneath their garments, such as undershirts or leggings.
    • Tights, leggings, jeggings, bike shorts and other skin-tight/form-fitting pants must be worn with shirts, skirts, “skorts,” or shorts that extend to 3 inches above the knee or lower.
    • Any clothing articles designed as underwear or sleepwear may not be worn as outerwear. 
    • All undergarments in their entirety must be concealed at all times including straps and boxers.
    • All shirts and blouses must cover the midriff areas at all times and in all circumstances. The midriff area must not be seen while bending over, standing, raising arms, or making other movements.
    • Any see-through clothing is prohibited.
    • Hats, caps, sweatbands, bandannas, sunglasses, other headwear, and hoods on hooded jackets/pullovers may not be worn inside the school building.
      • Students undergoing or recently receiving chemotherapy or any medication causing hair loss may wear head coverings approved by the campus principal.
    • Hair dyed or spray-painted to an unnatural color is prohibited.
      • Hair spiked or arranged in a style that is disruptive or distracting will not be allowed. This includes, but is not limited to Mohawk haircuts.
    • Eyes must be visible at all times and not covered by hair or other objects, unless approved by the campus principal based on a medical physician’s authorization. 
    • Footwear must be worn at all times. Shower shoes and beach shoes, house shoes, slippers, or shoes with wheels or lights are prohibited. Students must have shoes that are safe and appropriate for a normal school day or participation in school-related activities. Medical shoes may be worn with a medical physician’s authorization.
    • With the exception of ears, any piercing of the body, including the tongue, is prohibited. Fillers may not be worn in any piercing except for the ear. Gauges may not be worn in the ears.
    • Jewelry that distracts from the instructional environment is unacceptable.
    • Any class, student organization, or school sponsored group t-shirt designed and intended to be worn at school must receive final approval from the campus principal.
    • Distracting or excessive make-up is prohibited.
    • Clothing, grooming, and overall appearance may not reflect gang affiliation by any means, whether intentional or unintentional. A list of gang affiliated attire and grooming will be maintained at the Sherman ISD Police Department. 
    • Students may not wear any clothing article which depicts or advertises alcohol, tobacco products, drugs, violence, or behavior perceived as lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene.
    • Metal chains (e.g. wallet chains, belt chains, etc.), costume clothing or costume accessories, metal hair picks, and blankets are prohibited.
  • The principal may prohibit any dress or grooming that in the principal’s judgment may reasonably be expected to cause distraction, interfere with normal school operations, or create a safety hazard, even if the distraction is not explicitly spelled out in the Dress and Grooming Code. In addition, the principal’s judgement related to dress and grooming is the final decision before consequences are issued. If you have reason to believe that you may not be adhering to the Dress and Grooming Code, please consult your campus principal prior to coming to school to avoid any disruption to your daily instructional schedule.

    Students in violation of the Dress and Grooming Code is a violation of the SISD Student Code of Conduct and the student will be expected to immediately change to acceptable attire when violations are brought to their attention. Students will not be allowed to leave campus for the purpose of changing. If a student is unable to adhere to the Dress and Grooming Code, or they’re unable to immediately change, the student will be assigned to In-School Suspension until a parent/guardian is able to bring an acceptable alternative. Parents are encouraged to provide a change of dress and grooming attire so that their student may return to their normal class routine as soon as possible.    

    The District’s Dress and Grooming Code applies to all SISD students during regular school hours, as well as school-sponsored events that are outside of the regular school day. Certain school-sponsored events, such as graduation, may have a specific dress requirement for participants. Jefferson Learning Center, JDC, Boot Camp, and DAEP will maintain different standards of dress and grooming.

    In its efforts to promote nondiscrimination, Sherman ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, or disability in providing education services, activities, and programs, including vocational programs, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.