Dress Code

Southmore Dress Code

Shirts
Shirts may be any color. Logos are allowed just as prints, pictures, stripes and plaids are allowed. Logos shall not reference death, sex, drugs, alcohol, gangs or weapons. Shirts shall be appropriately sized with sleeves and free of inappropriate designs which include, but are not limited to, those related to death, sex, drugs, alcohol, gangs or weapons. Shirts must remain tucked in at all times.

* Students must be in dress code at all extracurricular activities or events

NOTE:  Revealing or excessively tight garments of any kind are prohibited.

Pants and/or Jeans
Pants and/or jeans may be any solid color. Pants and/or jeans shall be free of design and hemmed. Pants/Jeans must meet the following additional criteria:
• All pants/jeans must be appropriately sized, fitted and worn at the waist. No hip huggers are allowed.
• All pants/jeans must be fitted in the crotch and legs, not baggy or excessively tight. Pants/jeans with hammer loops or of a cargo style are not permitted. Pockets on pants/jeans are acceptable at the waistline only.
• All pants/jeans must be of proper length and must not touch the floor.
• All pants/jeans must be free of slits.
• All pants/jeans must be one continuous solid color free of manufactured fading or bleaching.
• Pants/jeans must be free of holes or tears.
• Undergarments must not be visible through pants/jeans.
• Capri pants are permitted as long as they meet all criteria listed above.

Dresses/Skirts/Jumpers
Dresses/Skirts/Jumpers may be any color and must be hemmed. Prints, pictures, stripes and plaids are allowed. Dresses/skirts/jumpers shall be free of inappropriate designs which include, but are not limited to, those related to death, sex, drugs, alcohol, gangs or weapons. Dresses/skirts/jumpers shall be worn by female students only. Dresses/skirts/jumpers must meet the following additional criteria:
• All dresses/skirts/jumpers must be appropriately sized, not baggy or excessively tight.
• All skirts must be fitted and worn at the waist. No hip hugger skirts are allowed.
• All dresses must have sleeves.
• Manufacturer slits on dresses/jumpers/skirts can come no higher than 2 inches above the kneecap.
• All dresses/skirts/jumpers must be free of manufactured fading or bleaching.
• All dresses/skirts/jumpers must be free of holes and tears.
• The hem length of all dresses/skirts/jumpers must be no higher than 2 inches above the kneecap.
• Undergarments must not be visible through dresses/skirts/jumpers.

Belts are required for garments made with belt loops.

Shoes - Students must wear shoes with backs that are appropriate for school.  (Students participating in physical education activities must have appropriate shoes.) 

Skate shoes are not permitted. 

Shoes must be tied correctly and fastened appropriately at all times.

Sweaters/Sweat Shirts/Light Jackets may be worn. Hooded jackets are allowed but students may not wear the hoods on campus.

Coats/Jackets
Heavy jackets should not be worn except on excessively cold days since students are allowed to come inside the building when it is cold.  Heavy jackets must be appropriately sized.  There is no place to store heavy coats.  The school cannot be responsible for loss of these items.

Backpacks
Backpacks are not permitted at Southmore.  If, in a special case, one of the principals has granted permission for a backpack to be brought to school, it must be clear, transparent or mesh and will be stored during the day. Purses may not be worn as backpacks and may not exceed 8” x 10”.

Student IDs
IDs are required to be worn at all times when a student is on campus.  IDs shall be replaced at the expense of the student if the badge is lost, stolen, broken, deformed, or distorted.

In addition, the following standards of student dress and grooming shall be maintained.
1. Hair must be neat, clean, well groomed, and may not have shaved designs.
2. No type of head covering, cap or hat (such as bandannas, sweatbands, etc.) may be worn on campus. No hair rollers or long-handled combs may be worn on campus.
3. Sideburns must be kept neatly trimmed and must not extend below ear level or flare at the bottom.
4. Symbols and/or styles which are identified with gang membership or representation shall not be allowed. A list of prohibited symbols and/or styles is posted next to the Student Code of Conduct in the principal's office. Students are responsible for reviewing the posted list to determine prohibited symbols and/or dress styles.
5. Mustaches and beards are prohibited, and faces must be clean-shaven.
6. Shirts and blouses must be buttoned within one button of the throat.
7. Halter tops and shirts or blouses with plunging necklines are prohibited. Tanktops or undershirts worn as outer garments are also prohibited. The midriff must not be exposed when the student goes through the normal activities of a school day (bending, stretching etc.).
8. Articles of clothing, garments, make-up and accessories with inappropriate decorations or advertisements are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, any item that depicts the occult, gang membership, death, suicide, violence, drugs or alcohol.
9. Students at elementary school campuses may not use any type of cosmetics, including, but not limited to, mascara and artificial nails. Nail polish is acceptable.
10. Revealing or excessively tight garments are prohibited. Appropriate foundation garments and/or undergarments must be worn.
11. Pants or shorts may not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation or conceals contraband.
12. Shirts and blouses shall be appropriately sized and may not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation or conceals contraband. (See posted list in main campus office for gang affiliated attire.)
13. Patterned contact lenses are prohibited.

Males are not permitted to wear earrings of any type.  Students are not permitted to wear other non-traditional rings.  Clips, posts and /or other devices designed to prevent the piercing area from closing are not permitted. Large loop earrings should not be worn.

ALL tattoos must be appropriately covered; that they may not be visible at any time.

Violations:  When a student’s dress or grooming violates the guidelines, the principal will request that the student make corrections and may take appropriate disciplinary action.  If the problem is not corrected, the student may be assigned in-school suspension for the remainder of the day or until the problem is corrected.  Repeated dress code offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action.

All other rules and regulations as defined in the Student Code of Conduct, regarding dress and grooming shall apply.  The principal and assistant principal(s) shall be authorized to appraise any fashion, fad, hair, jewelry or article of clothing deemed inappropriate for school wear or disruptive to the education process or safety of the campus.