Dress code policy
GISD has developed dress code and grooming guidelines in order to:
- teach students grooming and hygiene
- create and maintain a respectful and positive learning environment
- prevent the disruption of, interference with, or detraction from the educational environment and school activities
- minimize health and safety hazards
These guidelines provide rules regarding common situations but cannot cover every style of dress and specific situations that may arise. The District reserves the right to prohibit any clothing or grooming style that the administration determines to be reasonably expected to pose a health or safety hazard or to cause disruption of, distraction from, or interference with general school operations.
Dress code and grooming
The GISD Student Dress Code is intended to: (1) teach students grooming and hygiene; (2) create and maintain a respectful and positive learning environment; (3) prevent the disruption, interference with, or detraction from the educational environment and school activities; and (4) minimize health and safety hazards.
Note: This dress code provides guidance regarding common situations but cannot cover every style of dress and specific situations that may arise. The District reserves the right to prohibit any clothing or grooming style that the administration determines to be reasonably expected to pose a health or safety hazard or to cause disruption of, distraction from, or interference with general school operations. In addition, certain classes, courses or extracurricular programs may have additional requirements or guidelines for students participating in those programs.
Students and parents may determine a student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following:
- Garments must allow for participation in all regular school activities while maintaining dignity and modesty.
- Apparel that advertises or depicts alcohol, drugs, nudity, tobacco products, any other substance prohibited under FNCF (Legal), violent or criminal themes, gang membership, obscene language and/or obscene graphics, will not be permitted. Any disruptive or distractive mode of clothing or appearance that adversely impacts the educational process is not acceptable. Extremes in modes of dress, such as see through clothing, exposed midriffs, or clothing normally considered as undergarments are not acceptable.
- All articles of clothing must be worn as they are designed to be worn.
- Undergarments should not be visible.
- Shorts that are of modest length, loose fitting, and hemmed may be worn by students.
- Dresses and skirts should be of modest length and fit.
- Extremely sloppy, badly torn, or inappropriately torn/slit/ripped clothing is prohibited.
- Shoes must be worn. Taps, metal plates, cleats, or wheels on shoes will not be permitted.
- Students may not wear house shoes, pajamas tops or bottoms, boxers, or other sleepwear as outerwear.
- Hair, including facial hair, must be clean, groomed, and by the nature of the style does not intend to create a distraction.
- Hair color that is disruptive or distractive to the school environment is prohibited. Hair must either be a natural color or naturally tinted or colored in a blended and balanced manner.
- Hair must be kept out of the eyes and must not be a distraction.
- Students may not wear hair curlers, rollers, hair picks, combs, or brushes in their hair.
- Hats, caps, bandanas, sweat bands, hoods, visors, or other nonreligious head coverings should not be worn in the school building.
- Earrings are limited to the ears for all students. Earrings include clip earrings, pierced earrings or studs, or any item used as a post in a pierced ear.
- Facial and body piercing of any kind is prohibited.
- Jewelry that causes a distraction or that could be dangerous to the student or other individuals are prohibited (i.e. spiked/studded jewelry, chokers, dog collars, necklaces made out of safety pins or chain links, etc.)
- All inappropriate or distractive tattoos must be covered at all times while in the school building or at school-related activities, or school-sponsored events. Non-distractive tattoos may also be required to be covered (campus administrator discretion).
- Sponsors of extracurricular activities may set individual dress and appearance standards with the approval of campus administration.
- Students must have ID Visible at all times.
Certain courses, schools, programs and extracurricular activities may have additional requirements or guidelines for participating students.