PK - Grade 8 Dress Code
DRESS AND GROOMING
The District’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. The school has a legitimate interest in requiring proper dress and personal grooming from every student. All students have the responsibility to observe the basic standards of cleanliness, modesty, good grooming, and dress. All students also have the responsibility to wear clothing which contributes to their own health and safety as well as that of others; dress should not distract from the educational process.
The administration reserves the right to evaluate the dress of any student and give additional guidelines on dress when it is determined that the student’s dress is a distraction to the educational process or is deemed inappropriate.
The following dress code applies to both females and males and will be enforced at school and school functions. Any apparel, hair style, cosmetic or jewelry, even if not specifically mentioned below, which creates concerns, draws undue attention to the wearer, or tends to detract from the educational process, is not acceptable.
We ask parents and students to support the code.
- All dress code decisions are at the discretion of the campus administrators.
- All clothing must be neat and clean, with no rips, holes, or tears (store bought or self-made).
- Any article or apparel which displays sexually suggestive expressions, profanity, obscenity, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco is prohibited.
- Clothing shall be worn with proper under clothing at all times. Undergarments shall be worn in such a manner as not to be visible.
- See-through apparel which exposes the body is not acceptable.
- Pajamas and house shoes are not permitted.
- Any color or combination of colors, which demonstrate an affiliation to a known gang, is prohibited. If any students are using colors to demonstrate gang affiliation, such colors may be banned at the discretion of the campus administrators.
- Additional dress and personal appearances requirements may be required by school clubs, athletic teams, organizations, band, and any other extra-curricular or co-curricular activities. (Example: hair length or style, required for school-sponsored trips)
- Principals may allow pre-determined dress code exceptions for special school days, for example, Red Ribbon Week, Dr. Seuss Day, etc.
In order to ensure a safe school environment, Pk-8th grade students in West Orange-Cove CISD must adhere to the following dress code:
- Properly fitting shoes must be worn at all times. Backless, thongs (flip flops); beach shoes, cleated shoes, and house slippers should not be worn.
- WOSE Students- Light up shoes and shoes with wheels are also not permitted, along with the shoes listed above.
PANTS, SHORTS, SKIRTS, AND DRESSES
- Pants and shorts must fit around the waist; baggy, sagging, low-riding or oversized clothes are not permitted.
- Pants and shorts must be hemmed or cuffed at least knee length and fit securely at the waist.
- No cut-offs are allowed (store bought or self-made)
- All shorts, skirts and dresses are to be “fingertip length” or longer (Fingertip length means: The hem of the shorts or dress is below the fingertips when arms are held straight down at side) and must be properly hemmed.
- Leggings may be worn with an over-garment (shirt, skirt, or dress). The hem of the over-garment must be below the fingertips when hands are held straight down at the student’s sides.
SHIRTS AND OTHER TOPS
- Shirts, collared shirts and blouses are not required to be tucked in the bottom garment. This applies to t-shirts, collared shirts, blouses, sweaters, and pullovers. Sagging beneath the shirt is NOT allowed and will be strictly enforced. Oversized shorts are not allowed.
- Shoulders, backs, chest, cleavage, and midriffs must be covered.
- T-shirts, polo, collared blouses; button down shirts, turtleneck/mock turtlenecks can be worn.
- All shirts must be a minimum of a 2-inch sleeve from the shoulder seam without any holes or slits. No open or cold shoulder shirts or blouses may be worn.
- Topcoats, trench coats, military (camouflage) attire and all black clothing together (together means a top and bottom) may not be worn.
- Camisoles/undergarments (camis) will not be worn as a shirt; therefore, they must not be visible.
- Shirts/blouse adequately cover body and undergarments. No part of the torso (front or back) can be exposed. Spaghetti straps are prohibited.
HATS AND HEADGEAR
- No type of cap, hat, bandanna, headscarf, or sweatband may be worn at any time while on campus. Exceptions would be a cap or hat that is a part of a uniform at a school activity or head covering worn for religious purposes or medical reasons. The medical reason for headgear requires a note from a physician.
- Hair must be neat and clean.
- All facial hair must be neatly trimmed.
- Haircuts with a simple design are allowed but cannot be offensive or distracting. The campus administration reserves the right to determine if a design is appropriate.
- The use of unusual color on hair (including extensions) and/or disruptive styles, as determined by the campus administrators, will not be permitted.
JEWELRY, ACCESSORIES, BODY ART AND PIERCING
- Students may wear traditional rings, watches, bracelets, and necklaces.
- Tattoos cannot be distracting and are subject to administrative approval or discretion.
- Any jewelry, body art or piercing deemed by the campus administration to be dangerous or a distraction to the learning environment is not acceptable.
- Eyebrows and facial piercings as well as lips or tongue piercings are not allowed.
- Nose piercings: Only (1) small piercing may be worn. Loops, studs or any other over-sized rings cannot be worn.
NELC & WOSE – No form of piercing, other than in the earlobe, is allowed.
- Earrings are to be worn in ears only.
- Attire, which may be used as a weapon, may not be worn (i.e., steel toed boots, chains, dog collars, or any items with spikes or studs).
- Mouth grills are not allowed
- Sunglasses should not be worn inside the building, expect those which are medically prescribed (medical note from a physician may be required)
The principal/assistant principal reserves the right to question the dress of any student. If the administrator concludes the attire is inappropriate, the administrator may keep the student out of class until he or she is appropriately dressed. At the first violation of the dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to call parents to bring proper clothing. 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.