Student Dress Code

Student Dress Code

The Marshall ISD Dress Code has been established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. Uniform dress is required in Pre-K through 8th grade in Marshall ISD. Students and parents may determine a student's personal dress and grooming standards, provided they comply with the following:

Elementary Schools (Pre K - 4th grade)

Tops
Solid navy, red or white short- or long-sleeve shirts/blouses in these styles: collared polo, Oxford button-down, or turtleneck. Tops must be tucked in and may have a pocket on the front, but no commercial designs, logos, or color combinations. School administrators may approve a top color and/or logo specific to their campus and may select certain days/events (e.g., picture day) for exceptions to the required dress code. In cold weather, students may wear turtlenecks or polos in solid navy, red or white worn under plain sweaters, sweatshirts, or vests that are the same color as the shirt and are short enough to allow easy view of the student's pants pockets.

Bottoms
Standard-fit, classic-style pants, walking shorts, overalls, skorts or jumpers with belt (in garments with loops) in solid navy, khaki, or black. Belts are not required in pre-kindergarten through second-grade. Girls in elementary grades shall wear shorts under skirts or jumpers for P.E. Girls in elementary may also wear leggings under skirts and jumpers. Students are not permitted to wear spandex pants, sweat pants, wind pants, cargo pants or bike shorts.

Special Circumstances
Consideration with regard to style shall be made for students who have special needs (e.g., wheelchair or walker students), but color and other guidelines still apply.

Extracurricular Activities
The principal, in cooperation with the sponsor, coach or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity, may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity. Students who violate dress and grooming standards established for such an activity may be removed or excluded from the activity for a period determined by the principal or sponsor and may be subject to other disciplinary action as specified in the Student Code of Conduct.

In Addition:

  • Girls may wear earrings (studs) only in their ears. Boys are not to wear earrings on any part of their bodies.
  • No hats, caps or sunglasses may be worn inside a building in Marshall ISD.
  • Students' hair should be kept neat and well-groomed. Boys' hair should not extend beyond the shirt collar on the back. Spiked hair, Mohawks, designs cut in hair, or hair that disrupts the educational process will not be allowed. Students violating this policy will be requested to correctly cut or trim hair to meet district code. Hair that is not a natural shade of hair color is unacceptable, i.e., pink, blue, green, purple, etc. Non-compliance may result in ISS (In School Suspension) placement.
  • Shoes should be appropriate for school activities.

Dress code will be checked at the start of each day. Students not meeting dress code will be sent to the office to call and have a change of clothes brought to school. 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 will be assigned 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.

 

Middle Schools (grades 5-6)

Tops
Uniform shirts must be worn and tucked in at all times. The uniform shirts must have a collar and not be low cut. These polo-type shirts must be solid red, white, or navy blue with no emblems or decals, writing or pictures of any kind, larger than a quarter. Official Marshall ISD Middle School (Sam Houston or PTY) sponsored T-shirts may be worn any time. No sleeveless shirts are allowed. Undershirts and camisoles must be white, navy or red.

Bottoms
Uniform pants are to be worn and they must be solid khaki, navy blue, or black. They may not have any pockets on the side of the leg of the pants regardless of the size. Uniform pants, or shorts, cannot have slits, holes or rips in them. Pants also must not be tight-fitted or extremely loose-fitted. Shorts may also be worn, but they cannot have pockets on the leg, emblems, or labels. Shorts, dresses, and skirts, must not be shorter than the “dollar bill rule": turn the dollar on its side with the head face up, kneel on the floor, and if it cannot touch the floor and the bottom of the clothes, they are considered too short. Belts are part of the uniform and must be worn daily.

Shoes
Shoes must be worn that have the toes and the heel covered for safety reasons. Additionally, shoes with "roller balls" are not allowed anywhere on MISD property. Students are not allowed to wear flip-flops. Shoes, socks and shoe strings must be the same color on both feet.

Coats
Students may wear any type of coat, which opens in the front, to school. This can be worn anytime outside. Wearing coats in the building will not be permitted and they must be left in your locker during school. Light jackets, that open in the front, may be worn in the building and must be solid red, whtie, navy blue or black with no emblem or decal larger than a quarter. MISD Maverick or school jackets that open in the front may be worn. No hoodies are allowed.

In Addition:

  • Male students may not wear earrings.
  • Students' hair color must be of a natural color. No letters, numbers, or symbols may be cut into the hair. Mohawks are not allowed. All distracting hairstyles are not permitted and will be determined at the discretion of the principals.
  • Free dress on special days may be permitted by the principal; however, the regular MISD dress code must be adhered to. If the student violates the free dress code compliance more than three times he or she will lose any free dress opportunities for the rest of the year.

Dress code will be checked at the start of each day. Students not meeting dress code will be sent to the office to call and have a change of clothes brought to school. 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 will be assigned 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.

 

Marshall Junior High (grades 7-8)

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:

1. Clothing that is tight, overly baggy, sagging and with inappropriate language is prohibited.

2. Red, white, or navy shirts with collars (buttoned or polo) are required.  Undershirts must be of any solid uniform color (red, white, or navy) with no logo or writing visible through the uniform shirt.

3. Students will be allowed to wear MJHS/MHS specific spirit shirts only on “Jean Pass Friday’s.

4. Navy, black, and khaki pants, shorts, and jumpers may be worn.  Shorts and jumpers must be no more than three inches above the knees (fingertip rule). Cargo pants are prohibited

5. The following items are prohibited:  For girls, spandex and warm up bottoms are prohibited. Girls may wear solid color leggings under their uniform shorts, skirts, or jumper.  Boys are not to wear any type of spandex, leggings, or warm up bottoms under their school uniform shorts.

6. On designated “free dress day” and/or “jean pass day”, the jeans/shorts/pants must not have any frayed hems nor frayed or ripped holes.

7. Shoes must have a closed toe and closed heal. Shoe strings must match on each shoe. The following are prohibited: slides, house shoes, flip-flops, crocks, sandals, and any opened back shoe. Socks are required

*Any exception to the shoe policy must be verified with a doctor’s statement.

8. Winter wear worn over the uniform/spirit shirts may include sweaters, jackets, or windbreakers that zip up the front. However, all winter wear with zippers must be opened in the front.  In addition, all winter wear must be waist length as to not cover the pockets.

* Pull over sweaters, sweat shirts, jackets, windbreakers, and hoodies are prohibited

** The only exception would be a sweat shirt and/or hoodie that is purchased through MJHS.

9. No gang-related clothing, symbols, or accessories are permitted. For example, no designs cut in the eyebrow.

10. Piercings are limited to the ears only for female students. The following items are prohibited: Lip, eyebrow, tongue, and nose rings. Also prohibited are spacers, straws or any other instrument that keeps piercings open in prohibited areas.

* Piercings for boys are prohibited.

11. Headwear is prohibited inside the building.  This includes hats, caps, sweatbands, and bandanas.  Girls may wear appropriate headbands and scarves, however, no bandanas.

12. Hair styles shall not be a distraction to the learning environment.

13. Belts are required and shirts must be tucked in, except for “sweat shirts” or “hoodies” purchased from MJHS.

14.  No body art.

15. Jean Pass Friday’s – Every Friday students will be given an opportunity to wear Jeans with a MJHS/MHS spirit shirt for the cost of $2.00.

16. “FREE DRESS DAY” will be determined by the school administration according to school & district policy. Advanced notice of the approved “Free Dress Day” date along with any specific guidelines will be announced. Appropriate dress will be expected on these special days. The above policies are to be adhered to as well. Low cut dresses/blouses are prohibited.

Parents/students are to contact campus administration for clarification prior to purchasing items or services that may be in conflict/violation with the approved dress code.

The campus administration reserves the right to adjust the dress code as needed throughout the year as needed. 

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. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

 

Marshall High School (grades 9-12)

The following are appropriate choices of dress:

  • Short, well-groomed facial hair
  • Shirt underneath any garment that does not meet dress code length guidelines
  • Shoes
  • Pants
  • Shorts or skirts following the three-inch rule
  • Shirts that do not expose midriff when arms are lifted

The following are considered to be inappropriate and not allowed:

  • Hats, caps, bandannas, jacket hoods
  • Excessive or distracting hair color and style (administrative discretion)
  • Symbols, words, or slang cut into hair that are obscene, racial, gang-related or provocative in nature
  • Piercings other than ears for girls
  • No rakes in hair or do-rags
  • Gentlemen with makeup, nail polish or earrings
  • Sunglasses worn inside the building
  • Tank tops or low cut clothing (neck or underarm); two-inch rule on shoulder straps
  • Clothing that exposes midriff, back and/or cleavage
  • See-through, no leggings, provocative or excessively tight clothing
  • Dresses, skirts, all split garments, and shorts must be no more than three inches above the knee while properly worn when standing
  • Loose clothing that results in sagging
  • Visible undergarments
  • Frayed or ragged shorts or pants
  • Slogans across the posterior
  • House shoes
  • Obscene language or symbols, provocative pictures, advertising tobacco/narcotics, jewelry or exposed body parts
  • Symbols on clothing or jewelry that would distract or cause undue attention
  • Racially-related symbols, emblems, pictures, words, slogans or tattoos
  • Any accessory or clothing article deemed gang-related or dressing the same to show a pattern of dress deemed to be connected with gang activity
  • Clothing worn in a manner for which it was not intended
  • No holes or tears in clothing above the three-inch rule
  • Jackets cannot be used to cover inappropriate dress choices
  • Pant bottoms which are wider than the shoe

Final decisions on the appropriateness of school dress rests with campus administrators.

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 will 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.