The Denton ISD dress code is established to teach hygiene, instill self-discipline, prevent disruptions, promote safety, prepare students for life after high school, minimize safety hazards, and maintain a positive learning climate. When there is a question about the dress or appearance of a student, the building administrator and school staff will use their discretion concerning the dress code.
The principal, in cooperation with the Campus Leadership Team may add detail to the following dress code and the details may be gender specific. Students must honor the decision of the administrator in charge and make any dress and/or grooming change required. 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 and return to the classroom. If the problem cannot be corrected at school, the principal will work with the student and parent to obtain an acceptable change of clothing for the student in a way that minimizes loss of instructional time. Repeated or severe offenses (persistent misconduct) may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
The principal has the final authority to determine the appropriateness of all dress code issues.
DRESS CODE PARENT AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY
It is the responsibility of the parents and students to ensure that attire worn to school meets district requirements. The student and parent may determine the student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided the decision complies with the general district guidelines set out in the student dress code, outlined in the student & parent handbook.
Denton ISD reserves the right to establish rules during the school year regarding new fashions in dress and grooming. Students shall not wear any clothing that, in the principal’s judgement, is startling, unusual, disruptive, immodest, brings undue attention to the student, and/or interferes with the educational/learning process. Students shall not wear any item that is lewd, offensive, vulgar, obscene or depicts nudity. Students' dress and grooming must be modest, decent, not distract other students and/or staff, and should contribute to a safe, healthy, and positive learning environment. All students are to present a clean, well-groomed appearance at school and all school-related activities. All clothing must be sized to fit properly. The following items have been determined to be unacceptable for wear at school:
- Accessories that create a disruption
- Accessories applied to the facial area, tongue, or body such as safety pins to the eye area, studs, or rings through the nose
- Any headgear other than part of an approved school uniform
- Bare midriffs
- Chains or accessories which can be used as a weapon (such as spiked collars/bracelets)
- Display of undergarments
- Flip-flops (except in high schools, or as determined by the administration on all campuses)
- Garments containing offensive or obscene words or phrases, pictures, symbols, or images
- Garments that promote or advertise alcohol, tobacco, or other prohibited products
- Halter tops or tank tops
- Mesh/net clothing
- Pajamas, slippers, or house shoes
- Ragged or intentionally cut-torn clothing as determined inappropriate by the campus principal or designee
- Saggy/baggy pants
- See-through apparel, including leggings
- Shirts open at the sides (excessively large armholes)
- Short shorts/skirts (mid-thigh length)
- Steel-toed shoes (except in identified CTE classes)
- Strapless dresses/blouses
- Unnatural cosmetic contact lens colors (considered distracting)
- Inappropriate hairstyles that cause disruption
- Visible tattoos and body art that promote nudity, obscenity, or gang activity are unacceptable and must be covered.