DRESS CODE POLICY
Dress and Grooming (All Grade Levels)
The district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. Students and parents may determine a student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following:
- According to District Policy, the District prohibits pictures, emblems, or writing on clothing or accessories, including belt buckles that are lewd, vulgar, and obscene, advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other substance that can be associated with drug or substance abuse, or be sexually suggestive.
- Hemlines must be of modest length, no more than 5 inches above the kneecap. A three by five index card will be used vertically above the knee cap as a unit of measurement.
- Students will be allowed to wear shorts that are cuffed or hemmed with a modest appearance. Length must be no more than five inches above the top of the kneecap.
- No holes are permitted in pants, shorts, or blue jeans more than 5 inches above the knee.
- Appropriate footwear is required. No shower shoes, bedtime slippers, shoes with wheels, cleats, or water socks are permitted.
- Hats, caps, or bandanas shall not be worn inside school buildings. They will be taken up until the end of the school day or until a parent comes to retrieve them.
- No rings, studs, strings, or other jewelry may be worn as body piercings other than in the ears of female students. No jewelry may be worn that imitates body piercings, except in the ears of female students.
- Hair color will be one that is considered “natural.” Examples of unacceptable color would be an unnatural red, orange, blue, green, etc. Defining natural hair color will be at the discretion of the principal or designee.
- Noisy, distracting, or excessive jewelry is prohibited.
- Pocket chains are not permitted.
- Pajama pants or tops are not permitted.
- Belts of excessive length are not permitted.
- Writing, or the appearance of writing, that is considered gang-related, lewd, offensive, vulgar, obscene, advertises or depicts tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other substance that can be associated with drug or substance abuse, or be sexually suggestive on pants, shirts, shorts, or any part of the body is prohibited.
- Skateboards are not allowed on any Van ISD campus or property before, during, or after school hours. If skateboards are brought, they will be taken up until the end of the school year or until a parent comes to retrieve them.
- No trench coats or dusters will be allowed.
- Arm socks/gloves without fingers are not permitted.
- Exposure of any undergarment is not permitted.
Specific Guidelines for Boys
- Hair shall be clean, well-groomed and not of excessive length. Hair shall not extend below the eyebrows, earlobes, or below the collar. Mohawks (or “Fauxhawks”) with a difference in hair length greater than one inch are not permitted. Ponytails, headbands, and other hair products used to restrict natural hair flow are not permitted. The school administration has sole authority to determine what is excessive.
- Boys MUST be clean-shaven. Beards, mustaches, long sideburns, and goatees are not permitted.
- Sleeveless shirts are not permitted for grades 4-12.
- Earrings are prohibited.
- “Sagging”- the wearing of shorts or pants below the beltline is prohibited.
Specific Guidelines for Girls
- Appropriate undergarments shall be worn to prevent exposure of the body.
- Wearing apparel that is extremely low cut in the front or back is prohibited.
- For grades 4-12, if leggings, jeggings, or tights are worn, the student's top garment must be no shorter than 5 inches in length above the knee in both front and back while standing or seated.
- Sleeveless shirts are permitted with an appropriate fit around the armhole. The shoulder strap must be at least 2 inches in width and the sleeves must not be cut-off.
- Tank tops and spaghetti straps are not permitted for grades 4-12.
- Tops without straps and halter tops are not permitted.
- Hemlines must be of a modest length, no more than 5 inches above the kneecap.
- Garments that expose the midriff at any time are prohibited.
- Exposure of any undergarment is prohibited.
The dress code may not apply to every conceivable situation, and when questions arise regarding dress or grooming, the campus administrators involved will make the final determination whether or not the conditions in question are in keeping with the intent of this dress code. The intent of the dress code is that all students shall be dressed so as to appear neat, clean, and in good taste in order to minimize any disruption to learning.
If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. 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.