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Standardized Dress Policy

2017-2018

Red Oak Independent School District has a standardized dress policy for all grades and all campuses. The purpose of this policy is to give the District a positive and distinctive identity, and reflect the values of the of the schools and community. All students are required to comply with this policy.

Information concerning financial assistance and opt-out procedures can be obtained from the campus office.

DRESS AND GROOMING (All Grade Levels)

The District’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, instill discipline, prevent disruption, minimize safety hazards, and teach respect for authority. Dress or grooming that presents a disruption, health, or safety hazard to the students or others is expressly prohibited. This includes:

  1. Any part of a student’s appearance and accessories that are extreme enough to create a disturbance or disrupt the normal routine of school shall be deemed inappropriate.
  2. Students’ hair shall be clean, neatly cut and/or combed so as to be kept out of the eyes. Unnatural hair coloring that causes a substantial disruption to the school day is prohibited.
  3. Earrings (studs, etc.) are not allowed on boys.
  4. Body piercing (other than earrings for females) will not be allowed.
  5. Any chains, studded wear, bracelets, rings, etc. that could be dangerous will not be allowed.
  6. Trench coats or dusters will not be permitted.

The campus administrator will determine what is acceptable in regard to dress and grooming for students at school.


SHIRTS

STYLE:

Collared knit button/snap polo or golf shirt.
Dress style, button only shirts with long or short sleeves.

COLORS: Solid white, gray, maroon/burgundy, black or navy
  • Logos must be no larger than 1½ inches by 1½ inches.
  • All shirts must be fastened no lower than 4 inches from the top of the collar.
  • No visible stripes, checks or other designs on shirts.
  • Sleeveless shirts or shirts with cap sleeves are not allowed.
  • No brads, studs, zippers, buckles, chains or other adornments.
  • No denim of any color.
  • Shirts shall not extend past mid-thigh.
  • Thermal or spandex shirts worn under a polo must be in the approved menu of colors.

Spirit Shirts

  • Students are allowed to wear maroon, white, or grey spirit shirts any day of the week with standardized approved pants/shorts.
  • Uniform polos are still allowed but spirit shirts are another option.
  • Spirit shirt designs must feature maroon, white, or grey colors and include either school name, district name, district logo, or feature the word Hawks or the Hawk mascot.

SLACKS & SHORTS

STYLE:
Pleated or flat front casual slacks (full-length), walking-style shorts, capris, cargo and carpenter style pants or shorts
COLORS: Solid khaki (tan), black or navy
SIZING: Slacks/shorts can be no more than one size larger than the student’s measurements, nor may the garment be too tight.
  • Slacks/shorts must be worn above the hips.
  • A belt is optional.
  • Labels on slacks and shorts must be no larger than 1½ inches by 1½ inches.
  • No sweatpants, wind pants, warm-ups, coveralls or skinny form fitting pants.
  • Jean (denim) materials of any color are not allowed.
  • Corduroy is allowed in menu colors.
  • Hem on shorts should fall between the bottom of knee and no more than 3 inches above the knee cap in both front and back.
  • Athletic-style shorts are only allowed in PE/athletics, cheerleading, and drill team classes.
  • No baggy legged slacks or bell-bottom pants wider than shoes.
  • No brads, studs or chains on slacks or shorts.
  • Slit at bottom of slacks must have finished edges and be no longer than 3 inches.

SKIRTS, SKORTS, JUMPERS & DRESSES

COLORS: Solid khaki (tan), black or navy
  • Skirts, skorts, jumper, and dress length must be no more than 3 inches above the knee cap in both front and back.
  • Labels on skirts, skorts, jumpers, and dresses must be no larger than 1½ inches by 1½ inches.
  • Skirts and jumpers may have a kick-pleat or slit which opens no higher than 3 inches above the top of the knee.
  • Cargo or carpenter style skirts/skorts are allowed.
  • Standardized dress policy shirt must be worn under the jumper at all times.
  • Uniform dresses are allowed in Grades K-12. 
  • Logos must be no larger than 1½ inches by 1½ inches.

SHOES & HOSE/TIGHTS

  • Shoes can be athletic shoes, loafer style or dress shoes. Shoelaces must match each other. Open-toed shoes, sandals or flip-flops are not allowed at any grade level. Shoes must have both closed toe and closed heel. Shoes must match each other. No stiletto heels.
  • Hose/Tights must be in a solid color of white, black, navy, khaki or flesh-tone.

OUTERWEAR

  • Outer coats/jackets may be any color but must be removed upon entering the building.
  • Sweaters, vests, zip and pull over hoodies and sweatshirts are permitted in standardized dress policy colors only. They may be worn in the building but may not extend below the bottom of the back pocket.
  • All Red Oak logos and Red Oak artwork are allowed on zip and pullover hoodies.
  • Labels are permitted on coats, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts but must be no larger than 1½ inches by 1½ inches.
  • Jackets must have a closing mechanism (full length zipper, buttons or snaps). 

OTHER GUIDELINES

  • Leather, suede, vinyl and denim materials are not allowed for shirts, slacks, shorts, skirts, skorts, jumpers, sweatshirts, vests, or sweaters.
  • Clothing can be no more than one size larger than the student’s measurements nor may the garment be too tight.
  • Caps, hats, and head coverings inside the building are not allowed, unless for religious reasons.
  • Overall pants, overall shorts, and overall jumpers are not allowed.
  • All clothing must be solid colored, with no stripes, checks, lettering, wording, designs, etc.
  • Students must comply with District standards for grooming and accessories.
  • Clothing items cannot be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband or creates a distraction.
  • All clothing must be properly hemmed and/or have finished edges. Ripped/torn clothing is not allowed.
  • Undershirts may be solid white, gray, maroon/burgundy, black or navy.
  • Sufficient underclothing is required.

Discretionary/Spirit Days

The principal may designate “Discretionary/Spirit Days” and has the authority to establish a particular mode of attire for those special days or a part of those days. Students who do not choose to participate with the particular mode of attire for those special occasion days are required to follow the Student Standardized Dress Policy.

Final Authority

Administrators will have complete and final judgment on all matters concerning interpretation of the Student Standardized Dress Policy code. Matters concerning appearance and dress not specifically covered in Student Standardized Dress Policy shall be within discretion of the administration.

Consequences for Failure to Follow Dress Code

Students in violation of the dress code will be disciplined under the consequences of the Student Code of Conduct. 


PHILOSOPHY 

The district maintains dress and grooming standards because it believes that students who dress and groom themselves in a manner considered acceptable and appropriate by the community will become more responsible citizens of the community. The standardized dress policy gives the district a positive and distinctive identity and reflects the values of the schools and community. The district believes that the business of school is student learning and that school dress and grooming standards should support that purpose and should also promote a safe, orderly learning environment. Further, the district believes that one worthwhile goal of a comprehensive education is learning that different situations require different modes of dress and behavior. 

School is a place of learning, therefore, the dress and grooming of a student should reflect the serious intent of one who is going to work with an important job to do. Accordingly, dress and grooming standards should promote an atmosphere that is comfortable but not too casual, free from disruption, easily enforced by teachers and administrators so as to not take away from instruction, and is easily self-monitored so that students and parents can ensure that the standards are met prior to the student coming to school. Each student and parent shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with the standards presented in the Code.

 

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