Dress Code

XIV. Needville I.S.D. Dress Code For Grades 5-12

The District has jurisdiction over its students during the regular school day and while going to and from school on district transportation.  The district’s jurisdiction includes any activity during the school day on school grounds, attendance at any school-related activity, regardless of time or location, and any school-related misconduct, regardless of time or location.

The District’s dress code is established to teach hygiene, instill discipline, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards, and assert authority.

Since the dress and personal appearance of students are important factors in the maintenance of good discipline on the school campus, the school district has formulated definite policies in regard to what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in the manner of dress and personal appearance.

Students shall come to school looking clean and neat, wearing clothing and exhibiting grooming that will not be a health or safety hazard to the student or others.  The District prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene or that depicts or advertise tobacco products, alcoholic beverages of any kind, drugs, imply profanity, or any other substance prohibited under policy FNCF (L); further, it prohibits any dress or grooming that, in the Principal’s judgment, may reasonably be expected to interfere with normal school operations.

Each student and parent receives a copy of this dress code, and it is the responsibility of the student and his or her parent to ensure that the rules and restrictions listed are met.

 It will be the policy of Needville ISD students to dress appropriately.  Students will adhere to the following dress code:

MODESTY WILL BE THE DOMINANT FEATURE

  • The DRESS CODE is in effect at EVERY SCHOOL SPONSORED ACTIVITY on NISD Property. The only exception is at outdoor school sponsored events. Students may wear shorts that fall to the knees, and caps, hats, and sunshades are permissible. Students attending off campus school sponsored events should follow these guidelines.
  • The DRESS CODE is in effect IMMEDIATELY upon arrival to any NISD campus and remains in effect CONTINUOUSLY until one is completely off school grounds.

Hair

  • Hair shall be clean, well-groomed, and out of the eyes.
  • Boys’ hair shall NOT extend over the ears, beyond the eyebrows, or over the top of a standard collar in the back when combed down (even when not wearing a standard collar).
  • One straight line for parting purposes is allowed.
  • Sideburns will be neatly trimmed and shall NOT extend below the middle of the ear, and may NOT be wider than 1 inch from top to bottom.
  • Boys must be clean shaven daily with NO facial hair visible.
  • Tufts, tails, cornrows or designs are NOT permitted.
  • Hair must be a natural color.
  • Added hair color for girls can not be distracting.  Hair Chunking is NOT allowed.
  • Highlights/Lowlights are NOT allowed for boys.
  • Hair height above the head cannot extend beyond 4”.
  • Extreme hair-dos of any nature as determined by the principal or his designee are NOT allowed.

Shirts

  • ALL Shirts will be completely tucked in at all times. Girl’s dress blouses may be worn untucked around the waist as designed as long as flesh is not showing when sitting, standing, bending, or raising the arms.
  • ALL Shirts must extend beyond the waistband of the jeans, pants, or skirt and be long enough to remain tucked when sitting, standing, bending, or raising the arms.
  • Writing on shirts can have a name brand, college name, or sports team. ALL writing will be school appropriate and is subject to the discretion of the campus adminstration.
  • ONE Logo is permitted but may NOT be larger than a 2 inch square. (see diagram)
  • ALL Clothing - shirts, blouses, dresses - must be long or short sleeved.  Sleeveless clothing is NOT allowed.
  • Cap/crop sleeves are NOT allowed.  ALL sleeves must have at least 1” of material beyond the bottom seam.
  • ALL collars – front, side, and rear – must fall within 3” of the neck.
  • Cleavage is NOT allowed.
  • Shirts must be worn under all sweaters/sweatshirts and meet ALL of the above requirements.
  • Long sleeved shirts are NOT considered sweaters or sweatshirts and will be worn tucked in, buttoned, and meet the above requirements.
  • If sheer shirts are worn, the undershirt must meet the requirements of all other shirts.

Sweaters/Sweatshirts/Jackets/Coats

  • Sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, and coats will NOT be tied around the waist.
  • Hoods on hoodies are NEVER to be worn.
  • Writing on sweaters, jackets, coat, or sweatshirts are at the discretion of the campus administration.
  • Jackets, sweaters, and/or coats do not circumvent the dress code in any shape or form.  The clothing underneath the jacket, sweater, or coat must meet all dress code regulations.

 Dresses/Skirts

  • Dresses/skirts must be within 1 inch of the top of the knee.
  • Excessively tight dresses will not be permitted and will be subject to the discretion of campus administration.
  • Slits in dresses or skirts must not extend above 6 inches from the top of the knee.
  • ALL dresses and skirts will be free of any writing or images except for approved NISD Spirit Apparel
  • ONE Logo is permitted but may NOT be larger than a 2 inch square. (see diagram)
  • ALL shirts, blouses, dresses - must be long or short sleeved. Sleeveless clothing is NOT allowed.
  • Cap/crop sleeves are NOT allowed.  ALL sleeves must have at least 1” of material beyond the bottom seam.
  • ALL collars – front, side, and rear – must fall within 3” of the neck.
  • Cleavage is NOT allowed.
  • Boys are NOT allowed to wear dresses/skirts.

Pants

  • Pants must be worn at the waist, as defined at the top of the hip bones.
  • NO yoga pants or leggings will be worn. All pants must have a zipper and pockets.
  • Boys’ slacks or jeans must have belt loops and be belted at the waist.  The belt must be visible.  Excessively long belts must be strung through belt loops.
  • Girls’ pants with belt loops must be belted at the waist.
  • Oversized pants are NOT allowed. Sagging or baggy pants are NOT allowed.
  • Sweat pants, parachute pants, joggers, pajamas, and wind pants are NOT allowed.
  • Athletic pants that have pockets, a draw string, and are open at the bottom are permissible.
  • Girls may wear Capri pants that extend beyond the bottom of the knee in a sitting position.
  • Pants with holes shall not have skin or flesh colored tights (any other color tight is appropriate) showing through above the knee.
  • Boys are NOT allowed to wear Capri pants, Knickers, or the like.
  • No shorts maybe worn except during PE or Athletics.
  • ALL pants will be free of any writing or images except for approved NISD Spirit Apparel
  • Pants with more than one zipper, loops, or hoops are not permitted.

Shoes

  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • House slippers, thongs, or shower shoes are NOT allowed.
  • Boys are NOT allowed to wear sandals, unless socks are worn.

Miscellaneous

  • The wearing of any type of pierced jewelry anywhere on the body is NOT allowed except for girls wearing earrings in their ears.
  • Students are not permitted to wear other nontraditional piercing, for example, nose, lip, tongue, eyebrow, body rings, guages or spikes.
  • Oral jewelry is NOT allowed.
  • Writing or pictures are not allowed on the body at anytime.
  • Makeup is not allowed for students in grades 5 and 6.
  • Boys may not wear makeup, wear nail polish, or color their finger nails.
  • All tattoos, regardless of the location, must be completely covered at all times.
  • Caps, hats, bandanas, skull caps, dew rags, and sunshades, etc. are NOT allowed at any time on campus.
  • Proper undergarments are to be worn.
  • Jackets, sweaters, and/or coats do not circumvent the dress code in any shape or form.  The clothing underneath the jacket, sweater, or coat must meet all dress code regulations.
  • Medical Modifications to the student general code of conduct may be granted on a case by case basis.  The modifications will be subjected to considerations such as, but not limited to:
    • Medical statements from a physician indicating a medical condition will be worsened by adhering to the student general code of conduct.
    • The modifications are not for mere comfort or ease, but truly medical in nature.
    • Pregnancy does not circumvent the dress code.

Back Packs

  • ONE Manufacturer’s Logo is permitted.
  • Backpacks that have writing or drawings other than the manufacturer’s logo, manufacturer’s design, manufacturer’s name, or owner’s name will not be allowed at school.

Enforcement

  • If a student’s apparel is considered inappropriate by the principal or his designee, the inappropriate item will be confiscated, the student will be placed in a school issued corrective clothing garment to be worn for an amount of time deemed necessary by the principal or his designee, and the student will immediately be issued a dress code citation and must attend after school detention the following day.  IF a student receives more than one (1) after school detention citations for dress code in a single day or more than four (4) in a one week period, each additional citation that week will constitute persistent misbehavior and be handled as a Level II Disciplinary Offense.

 

CONFISCATED ITEMS WILL BE RETURNED WHEN REPLACEMENT ITEM IS RETURNED, BUT EACH SUBSEQUENT ITEM CONFISCATED WILL NOT BE RETURNED TO PARENTS UNTIL THE FIRST BUSINESS DAY FOLLOWING THE FINAL DAY OF SCHOOL.  ITEMS WILL BE DISCARDED AFTER THE TENTH BUSINESS DAY FOLLOWING THE FINAL DAY OF SCHOOL.

Any attire deemed distractive, lewd, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate by school administrators will not be allowed.  The school reserves the right to establish rules during the school year regarding new fashions in dress.