Dress code policy

Philosophy

The faculty, staff, and administration at North Garland High School believe that a student's dress and grooming has an effect upon their attitude and behavior.  Disruption of the learning environment by the presence of unorthodox dress and grooming will not be permitted. The classroom is not the proper place to display outlandish, distracting, or inappropriate grooming and dress fads.  Primarily the 1st period teachers will monitor dress and grooming, but a student may be referred to the office at any time during the school day for advisement of attire.  The following list will be a guide in determining appropriate/inappropriate student dress on campus before, during, and after school.

Dress code for Homecoming, Celebrity Ball, and Prom 2019

Dress Code

Students may not wear apparel that depicts:

  • Alcohol
  • Death
  • Nudity
  • Sex
  • Drugs
  • Gore
  • Obscene language/graphics
  • Sexual innuendoes
  • Inappropriate slogans
  • Satanic themes
  • Tobacco products
  • Gang membership*

*Gang-related dress includes, but is not limited to: bandanas, colored shoestrings (colors other than black or white), Dickies, sagging pants, pant legs of uneven length (one leg up and one leg down), certain jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, rings as identified by the Garland Police Department), gold-teeth/silver-teeth overlays/grills, "scarface" t-shirts, "FAMOUS" brand clothing, and any articles of clothing displaying gang graffiti, symbols, and codes (as identified by the Garland Police Department).

Please note the aforementioned themes may not be depicted on fictional or non-fictional characters or pictures.

Students may not wear the following:

  • Clothing of an inappropriate size
  • Sloppy or torn clothing
  • Clothing resembling athletic or aerobic wear (spandex, biker, elastic, etc.)
  • Tank tops, halters, or half-tops that expose midriff
  • Backless dresses or blouses
  • Undergarments as outerwear or see-through clothing
  • Tight clothing (spandex, biker, elastic, etc.)
  • Jeans or overalls with suspenders down or unhooked
  • Shoulder straps less than 2 inches in width
  • House shoes, house slippers
  • Clothing that has been written on or drawn on by the student
  • Jerseys, sleeveless shirts, or sweaters that expose the chest area
  • Heelies/Wheelies (shoes with rollers)
  • Grinders (shoes with metal soles made for sliding on an edge of a surface)
  • Low-cut blouses that are inappropriately revealing (no visible cleavage)
  • Pajamas, loungewear, or clothing that depicts sleepwear or loungewear (example: flannel pajama pants)
  • "FAMOUS" brand clothing (all types)
  • Gold-teeth/Silver-teeth overlays/grills

The following accessories are not permissible:

  • Sunglasses
  • Hats, caps, stockings, durags
  • ANY head coverings (bandanas, hoodies, etc.)
  • Gloves or hand coverings
  • Towels, rags, t-shirts hanging from pocket or around neck
  • Earring spacers used to stretch ear piercings, also known as gauges.
  • Bandanas (of any type or for any purpose)
  • Chains (as belts or on wallets)
  • Large objects hanging around the neck
  • Tongue rings or bars
  • Studded or spiked bracelets, necklaces, and belts
  • Nail polish or makeup on boys
  • Picks/combs in hair
  • Visible body piercing (eyebrow, nose, chin, etc.)
  • Gold-teeth/silver-teeth - overlays/grills
  • Blankets 

Grooming code

  • Hair is to be kept clean, above the eyes, and well groomed.
  • Students must be clean-shaven, or facial hair in the form of mustaches, beards, goatees, and sideburns must be well groomed.
  • Students are not allowed to wear a hair-style that is distracting to the learning environment, such as:
    • Mohawks or spiked hair (extreme)
    • Partially shaved heads
    • Non-standard hair colors (red, purple, blue, orange, green, etc.)
    • Tails for boys
    • Designs shaved into the hair
    • Notched eyebrows

Special Note

  • Skirts and dresses must not be shorter than knee-length (within 2").
  • Shorts may be worn year-round as long as they are knee-length (within 2") or longer (Capri). This privilege may be taken away at any time if criteria is not followed.
  • Skirts, dresses, and shorts may be worn at mid-thigh length only if leggings are worn with them.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Any part of any undergarment may not be visible at any time.
  • Large, long coats must be left in lockers throughout the instructional day.
  • Visible body piercing and/or visible tattoos are not allowed. (Band-Aids, visible plastic spacers, etc. to conceal body piercings and/or tattoos are not permitted.)

The following items are not allowed during the school day:

  • Pagers
  • Cell phones
  • iPods / Headphones
  • Stereos
  • Radios
  • CDs, MP3 players, IPODs
  • Cassette players
  • Gameboys
  • Personal cameras of any kind (cell phone, video, still shot)
  • ANY communication device

Exceptions

  • BYOD policy for teacher-specified in-class uses are permitted with teacher permission
  • 1:1 Ready Program iPad devices are permitted as teacher-specified in-class activities with teacher permission

Cell phones that are confiscated will be delivered to the appropriate administrator. A parent may obtain the cell phone upon the first occurrence only at no charge. Thereafter, the parent will be charged $15 to obtain the cell phone. The student may obtain the cell phone but must pay $15 upon each occurrence.

Consequences For Not Adhering to the Dress/Grooming Code

  • Change clothing immediately. If clothing cannot be changed, the student will go to the Reassignment Room for the remainder of the day.
  • If un-groomed facial hair, the student will be sent home (unexcused absence).
  • If other hairstyle violation, the student will be sent home (unexcused absence). If the student does not have own transportation, parents will be called to pick up student.
  • On repeated dress/grooming code violations, the student will be assigned days in the Reassignment Room. 

Dress Code/Dance Expectations for Prom 2018

Homecoming, Celebrity Ball, Prom Dress Code

Females

  • Women should wear formal attire.
  • Strapless and spaghetti straps will be permitted.
  • Two-piece dress will be permitted as long as the gap between the top and bottom is no larger than 1 inch.
  • Jeans and cutoffs will NOT be permitted.
  • Dresses should come to at least mid-thigh and at appropriate length even if leggings are worn underneath the dress.
  • Dresses may not be extremely low-cut in the front or back.  The front of the dress must NOT fall below the bra line; the back of the dress must NOT fall below the waist.
  • Any slits must be no higher than mid-thigh even if leggings are worn underneath the dress.

Males

  • Men should wear formal attire such as a suit/tie or tuxedo.
  • Torn clothing, jeans, cut-offs, or athletic attire will NOT be permitted.

Reminders

  • If your attire is questionable, students are encouraged to show their clothing to administrators beforehand to determine if it is appropriate for this event.  The determination of the appropriateness of student dress shall rest with the principal/assistant principals. 
  • Be aware of the material that gathers and rises when you walk.
  • Extremes in modes of dress, such as “see-through” clothing or clothing normally considered undergarments are NOT acceptable.
  • Students who are non-complaint with the dress code will not be admitted to the dance.
  • No refunds will be given for dress code infractions in which students are asked to leave.
  • Outside guests will need to fill out guest forms and be younger than 21.