Elementary School Dress Code
Every student is expected to maintain the level of personal hygiene necessary to ensure a healthy school environment. Students are encouraged to observe a standard of grooming and dress code with the level of formality of the school situation. By school board policy, the administration reserves the right to determine appropriateness of dress in cases not covered by the dress code.
- All jeans/slacks must fit snugly at the waist or small of the back and may not be worn sagging below the waistline. In the event the student DOES NOT comply, he/she will be required to TUCK IN his/her shirt.
- Jeans/slacks/shorts with writing on the buttocks area or with holes are inappropriate and may not be worn at school.
- Leggings and Jeggings may be worn only when an accompanying top is at the appropriate length (the end of the fingers when the arms are held to the side should not touch the leggings/jeggings, only garment -leggings/jeggings- material).
- Shoes should cover the feet and must be worn with shoestrings tied.
- Flip-flops and high-heeled shoes hinder safe student transition at school; therefore, we discourage these shoes being worn by students.
- Shorts must be an appropriate length (the end of the fingers when the arms are held to the side should not touch skin, only short material). Bermuda shorts, capris or shorts of similar length may be worn.
- All sleeveless tops must have straps that pass the three-finger test.
- All shirts and t-shirts must be long enough to completely cover the midriff and back, and skin should not show.
- Clothing with gang/cult-related symbols, offensive messages, vulgar language, or advertisements for alcohol, tobacco or drugs are inappropriate, therefore, shall NOT be worn.
- Hats, skullcaps, bandanas, etc. are not appropriate and may not be worn at school. Special occasions or school-sponsored fundraisers may allow for specific hats to be worn.
- When extremes with hair color and/or jewelry are determined to be disruptive to classroom instruction, administration will contact parent/guardian.
Middle School Dress Code
Student appearance and dress should reflect appropriate choices for the educational setting. The following rules have been proposed to apply to students and school personnel dress.
- Extremes should always be avoided. If in doubt, wear something else. School administrators will prohibit the wearing of any garment or article that causes or has the potential to cause disruption or interference with the educational setting or process.
- All shorts, dresses, and skirts, (including slits) shall hang to extended fingers or longer (except for PE).
- Sleeveless garments are appropriate as long as they are non-revealing around the shoulders and arms and no undergarments are exposed. Tank tops or spaghetti straps may not be worn alone. Males must wear shirts with sleeves. A tank top is rounded in the front, covers up the back and is sleeveless. An open back on any type of shirt is not allowed. If in doubt, wear a cami or a tank top underneath. Further explanation about see-through tops (lace or sheer): students must wear a solid top underneath with straps at least 2” wide and bra straps may not be showing at any time.
- Any clothing that is destroyed*, distressed*, frayed*, tattered*, ripped, shredded, patched, or contains holes placed by the manufacturer, or is self-altered, or is from natural wear and tear is prohibited. Bottom line: No holes or shredded/frayed spots in any clothing anywhere, at any time.
- *destroyed – The manufacturer places holes in various locations to give a worn look.
- *distressed – The material has some nicking and grinding and commonly has a pinched look waistband for the broken look.
- *frayed – Hems are frayed to give a worn look.
- *tattered – Ragged, in shreds, torn
- Bike shorts are inappropriate and therefore shall not be worn.
- Pants and shorts should be fitted at the waist and cover the entire buttocks area without drooping. Underwear must not be exposed. No mesh, see-through, tight, low cut, leggings/tights, or otherwise revealing garments may be worn alone. The stomach and back shall be covered at all times. Further explanation about boys pants: If pants are sagging, showing any of bottom and/or undergarment and the student does not have on a belt, he will be sent to the front office to get a cinch tie to put between 2 belt loops to cinch up his pants. If pants are sagging, and the student does have on a belt, he will be required to tighten his belt.
- Leggings and tights may NOT be worn ALONE. They must be covered with a top/dress that comes to the end of extended fingertips.
- Any type of athletic sweatpants, nylon elastic pants or shorts are inappropriate attire and shall not be worn. The accepted pants will be jeans, fabric, cotton twill pants such as khaki of any color, etc. Most accepted pants will have belt loops. Boys are required to wear belts if pants are too big, making belts necessary. Belts must be buckled at all times.
- Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times on school grounds and away from school when attending school functions. Shoes with laces must be tied. Bedroom slippers are not permissible.
- Hems may be rolled, but pant legs must be even on both sides.
- Hats, caps, athletic sweatbands, bandanas, doo-rags, hoods, or other head coverings, and sunglasses will not be worn inside the building during the regular school day. Fish hooks are not permitted to be worn on hats. (Further explanation on bandanas: whether a bandana is rolled up to make a headband or folded in half, it is still a bandana).
- Facial, tongue or body piercing jewelry is not acceptable. Pierced earrings are appropriate. No nose studs, lip rings, etc.
- Students may not draw or carve inappropriate or unacceptable graphics on their bodies, their clothing, backpacks, their books, paper and folders.
- Clothing must fit appropriately and not be too tight or too loose.
- Vulgar, obscene or suggestive writing on clothing, and advertisements of drugs, tobacco or alcoholic beverages may not be worn. Nor shall student clothing display words or symbols that advocate violence, drugs, sex, illegal gang affiliation or other expressed or implied illegal activity.
- No chains can be worn.
Consequences for dress code violations include, warning, silent lunch, after school detention, parent contact, ISS and or being sent home.
High School Dress Codes
Daily Dress Code
- Any clothing that is destroyed, distressed, frayed, tattered, ripped, shredded, or contains holes placed there by the manufacturer, or by self-altering, or is from natural wear and tear is prohibited unless a patch is SEWN under or on top of it.
- Hats, caps, athletic sweatbands, bandanas, doo-rags, hoods, or other head coverings, and sunglasses will not be worn anywhere on the body while inside the building during the regular school day. Fish hooks are not permitted to be worn on hats.
- Shoes must be worn at all times. Laces and straps should not hang.
- For girls, sleeveless garments are appropriate as long as they are non-revealing and no undergarments (sides or straps of bras/bralettes) are showing.
- An open back on any type of shirt is not permitted.
- Tank or cold shoulder tops with thin spaghetti straps may not be worn.
- Strapless tops are not allowed.
- Males must wear shirts with sleeves.
- All shorts (male and female), dresses, and skirts (including slits) shall hang no less than 4" from the top of the kneecap.
- An outer layer of sheer fabric is not included when measuring 4” above the knee. The solid fabric must be no more than 4” above the knee.
- Pants/shorts must be fitted at the waist and cover the entire buttocks area without drooping. Underwear/shorts worn under pants must not be exposed.
- If pants are sagging, showing any of bottom and/or undergarment, and the student does not have on a belt, he will be sent to the front office to get a cinch tie to tighten pants at the waist.
- If pants are sagging and the student does have on a belt, he will be required to tighten his belt.
- Boys are required to wear belts and they must be buckled at all times.
- No mesh, see-through, tight, low cut, cut-off, or otherwise revealing garments may be worn. The stomach and back shall be covered at all times.
- To wear a mesh or sheer top, the student must wear a solid tank top underneath with straps at least 2” wide.
- Camisoles (camis) or spaghetti strap tops are not acceptable to be worn under sheer tops.
- Bra/bralette straps may not be showing at any time.
- If they have pockets on the buttocks, they do not have to be covered with the top/dress described below.
- If there are no pockets on the buttocks, leggings/jeggings/tights must be covered with a top/dress that comes no more than 4 inches above the knee.
- Sweatpants, joggers, nylon shorts, Columbia-type shorts, basketball shorts, athletic pants or shorts, wind suits, and jogging suits are not permitted. All pants and shorts must be worn with a belt. Teams are no longer allowed to violate this policy on game days.
- Overalls must be worn over the shoulders and must be buckled at all times.
- Chains used to attach items to clothing are not permitted,
- Hems may be rolled, but pant legs must be even on both sides.
- Vulgar, obscene, or suggestive writing on clothing and clothing that advertises drugs, tobacco, or alcoholic beverages may not be worn. Student may not wear clothing, etc. that displays words or symbols that advocate violence, drugs, sex, illegal gang affiliation or other expressed or implies illegal acts.
- Jewelry and/or adornment worn in pierced areas other than the ears are not permitted. Any other piercing may only have a small, clear stud in it.
- Students may not enter the building in the morning dressed in work-out attire for PE or JROTC. Students must be in dress code and may change once they get to their 1st period class.
- Dual Enrollment students are expected to be in compliance with dress code when they are at HCHS during school hours.
- Basketballs, soccer balls, etc. may not be carried around school. They must be left at home or with a coach.
- Extremes should be avoided. If in doubt, wear something else. School administrators prohibit the wearing of any garment or article that causes or has the potential to cause disruption or interference with the education setting.
Consequences for violation of the dress code include: warning, after school detention, parent contact, ISS, or being sent home. Students without a change of clothes will be sent to ISS for the remainder of the day.
Formal Event Dress Code
It is expected that students will choose to dress appropriately for a Formal Event.
It is also expected that students will advise their guests of the HCHS dress code.
*No visible tennis shoes.
*No blue jeans of any type may be worn.
*Dress Code must be maintained throughout the event.
*In order to attend prom, students must have no more than 5 days of ISS or OSS.
*If in doubt, get approval for your outfit or risk not being allowed into the event.
*No refunds are available for students who have purchased tickets and then find that they do NOT meet all requirements.
- Back of Dress may not fall below the waistline.
- NO two piece dresses permitted. Two piece dresses MUST be connected by clasps or sewn. If arms are lifted above your head, the dress must remain attached. The top and bottom may not just be pulled together.
- Front necklines cannot fall below a line formed between the top of the left and right armpits without a patch of fabric sewn in that isn’t see through. This line continues around the sides directly under the armpit.
- Sides of the Dress must NOT have any exposed skin. If you hang your arms straight down, then no flesh should touch flesh. Any cutouts MUST have fabric sewn in that isn’t see through.
- Dress Length must be at least mid-thigh in length and dress splits may NOT come above mid-thigh.
- Must wear a tuxedo or FULL suit (Full suit: dress pants; buttoned, collared shirt; tie and jacket)
- NO hats allowed