Dress Code
Dress Code guidelines

The official school dress code is in the HISD Student Handbook.  The District's dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, to prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards.  Dress code violators will be required to change into school issued clothing at school.  Students will check out "school issued clothing" and leave their own clothes in the office.  Students may not call parents or guardians to bring clothes to the students or to take students home to change clothes.  Students may not leave campus to change clothes.  Students who fail to change into school issued clothing will be sent to ISS.  Multiple violations will result in additional disciplinary consequences as set forth by an administrator.

All district personnel are responsible of the enforcement of the student dress code. Students and parents may determine a student's personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following:

For Secondary Students (grades 6th through 12th)

Hair must be styled out of eyes; it must be clean and free from distraction.  It must also comply with school health standards so as not to be detrimental to the health and safety of the individual or to others.

Notched eyebrows will not be allowed.

Hats, headscarves, bandanas, beanies or caps are not permitted in school buildings during the instructional day.

Clothing with inappropriate or suggestive symbols, patches, or lettering cannot be worn. [Policy FNCA (LOCAL)]

Shirts and blouses must be buttoned appropriately.  Sheer or lace shirts/blouses may be worn over appropriate tops (+2” straps)/garments. 

Tank tops and muscle shirts (including racer back muscle shirts) are not allowed.  Both shoulder straps on a top or dress must have a shoulder measurement of 2 inches or greater.

The entire midriff (front and back) and cleavage areas must be covered at all times.

Straps on garments must be worn appropriately (for example: bib overalls).

Pants must be worn at waist level as designed.  Baggy/sagging and/or distressed pants with holes above the fingertip level will not be allowed.  Pants must be fitted at the waist, no more than 1” bigger than waist size.  Pants must also be no more than 6 inches of extra material (when width of material is pinched at the kneecap). 

Skirts must be no shorter than a maximum of 6 inches above the knee in a kneeling position.

Bicycle shorts and inappropriately tight clothing such as leggings, jeggings, tights worn alone (other similar attire) will not be allowed.  Items worn over the leggings, jeggings, tights, etc. must cover the articulation between torso and leg – front and back. 

Shorts will be allowed but must be no shorter than 6 inches above the knee in a kneeling position.

Holes in pants or shorts should be no more than 6” above the knee in a kneeling position.  Leggings or shorts must be worn underneath holes higher than 6” so that no skin is visible.

Undergarments must not be exposed at any time, including under sheer or lace garments.

All standard footwear is acceptable and must be worn during school hours.

Pajamas and house shoes are not appropriate.

        Sunglasses may not be worn indoors during school hours unless prescribed by a doctor.  Cosmetic contacts may not be worn unless prescribed by a doctor.

Jewelry worn due to body piercing, other than ears, will not be allowed.

Jewelry with spikes of any length may not be worn.

No disruptive, offensive or gang related tattoos shall be visible.

Body art (permanent or temporary) may cause a disruption to the school environment and will be handled on a case-by-case basis with final decisions rendered by campus administration.

*School organizational uniforms (i.e., cheerleading, drill team, etc.) must be approved by campus administration.          

**The dress code for Prime Time – Disciplinary AEP will be outlined at the time of admission to the Prime Time Program.

“Dress changes the manners.” - Voltaire