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Dress Code

In keeping with the TISD Belief Statements, each person is unique and has the right to pursue beliefs of their choice. We also believe that individuals are responsible for their own actions and that growth and development are enhanced by family and individuals who provide love, security, and a sense of belonging. We care about our students, their cleanliness and neatness, and their dress, as well as their learning environment. The dress code for the students of the Tomball Independent School District is designed to support these beliefs and the mission of the district, as well as to preserve an orderly, healthy, safe and secure environment which provides an emphasis on learning and which reflects the values and standards of this community.

The student and parent may determine the student's personal dress and grooming standard, provided that the student's dress and grooming:
  1. Shall not lead school officials reasonably to believe that such dress or grooming will disrupt, interfere with, disturb, or detract from school activities.
  2. Shall not create a health or other hazard to the student's safety or to the safety of others.
  3. Shall comply with the following guidelines:
    • Shoes are to be worn at all times. For safety purposes, house shoes, and shoes with wheels are not allowed.
    • Students’ dress and grooming should be neat and appropriate for their age group and school activities. 
    • Clothing is to be modest and conform to the standards established for appropriate school attire. Students are to wear appropriate undergarments. Pajamas are not appropriate. A modest appearance must be maintained when standing, sitting or bending. 
    • Hair should be clean and neatly groomed. It should not cover the eyes or be colored or styled in any way that is distracting to the learning environment.
      • Curlers are not acceptable. 
      • Male students must be clean-shaven. Hair length should not extend below the bottom of a dress collar or the top of a T-shirt. Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe.
  4. Students are not to wear:
    • Clothing, jewelry, gang related tattoos, mouth grills or trinkets that are noisy and distracting; obscene; para-military (including camouflage); dangerous; occult/gang related; or that advertise sex, drugs, tobacco, or any product related to alcohol, tobacco, drugs or sex. Students may not wear suggestive or inappropriately located decorative patches, insignia, or clothing with improper advertising, pictures, slogans or statements.
    • Any body piercing (other than earrings for female students). Earrings/piercings and gauges are not acceptable for male students. Students are not to wear earrings/piercings covered by band aids.
    • Clothing that in any way would suggest disrespect for the American flag.
    • Headbands, bandanas, and hats/caps inside the building.
    • Trench coats, dusters, or excessively large jackets.
    • Clothing that does not adequately cover the body or that has tears or rips higher than mid-thigh:
      • Low cut, see-through, spaghetti straps or backless dresses, or other revealing tops. Midriffs are to be covered. 
      •  Sleeveless shirts are not acceptable for male students. 
      • Baggy pants or pants that hang on the hipbone, frayed pants, or un-hemmed shorts. An administrator may require a student to insert a cable lock into pants loops to bring the student into compliance. Only an administrator or the nurse may remove the cable lock. Students who remove such a cable lock will receive disciplinary consequences.
      • Walking shorts, skirts, or split skirts should be no shorter than mid-thigh in length. Skirts should be slit no higher than mid-thigh.
      • No apparel designed for participation in sporting events (spandex, nylon athletic shorts, biking shorts, and similar apparel are to be worn on school property during school hours except for school sponsored activities.
      • Chains or other accessories; of any length or size (including wallet chains), which could be used to inflict injury upon another are not allowed.
Note: Additional dress code guidelines will be in effect for students who are attending the Tomball AEP located at the Tomball Alternative Education Center (TAEC). Students are expected to be in compliance with this dress code when they enter TAEC. Please see a campus administrator or the TAEC Principal for specific guidelines.

If the student's dress or grooming is objectionable under these provisions, the Principal shall request the student to make appropriate corrections. Students who violate provisions of the dress code will be given the opportunity to have parents bring appropriate clothing to school or to pick up the student. Male students who need to shave will be given an opportunity to do so at school. There will be a fifty – cent (.50) charge for a razor and shaving cream. No credit will be extended. Students who refuse this opportunity will be assigned to In School Suspension until they are clean – shaven. Continued violations may result in assignment to Detention Hall or In School Suspension. Students will be removed from the normal school environment until they are in compliance with the dress code.

A student who wears a hat or unacceptable jewelry will be asked to correct this violation of the dress code. A student who continues to violate this part of the dress code will surrender the item to the Assistant Principal. Parents will be contacted. The Assistant Principal may keep these items until the end of the school year or the parent may come to school to retrieve the item.

A student who is found to be displaying a gang related/inappropriate visible tattoo that violates this policy will be asked to cover up the tattoo so long as the student is on school grounds or while the student is attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity, on or off school property.

Exceptions to the dress code due to medical or religious reasons may be granted subject to approval by the administration.

Dress Code for Extra-Curricular Activities
The principal, in collaboration with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extra-curricular activity, may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity if the principal reasonably believes that the student’s dress or grooming: creates a hazard to the student’s safety or to the safety of others; or will prevent, interfere with, or adversely affect the purpose, direction, or effort required for the activity to achieve its goals.

If the student’s dress or grooming is objectionable under these provisions, the principal or sponsor shall request the student to make appropriate corrections. If the student refuses, the principal (or sponsor) shall notify the student’s parent or legal guardian and request that person to make the necessary correction. Students who violate provisions of the dress code relating to the extra-curricular activities may be removed or excluded from the extra-curricular activity for such period as the principal may determine. If both the student and parent or legal guardian refuses, the principal shall take appropriate disciplinary action.
 
Note : Additional dress code guidelines will be in effect for students who are attending the Tomball AEP located at the Tomball Alternative Education Center (TAEC). Students are expected to be in compliance with this dress code when they enter TAEC. Please see a campus administrator or the TAEC Principal for specific guidelines.
 
If the student's dress or grooming is objectionable under these provisions, the Principal shall request the students to make appropriate corrections. Students who violate provisions of the dress code will be given the opportunity to have parents bring appropriate clothing to school or pick up the student. Students will be removed from the normal school environment until they are in compliance with the dress code. Continued violations may result in assignment to Detention Hall and/or In-School-Suspension.
 
A student who wears a hat or unacceptable jewelry will be asked to correct this violation of the dress code. A student who continues a violate this part of the dress code will surrender the item to the Assistant Principal. Parents will be contacted. These items may be kept by the Assistant Principal until the end of the school year or the parent may come to school to retrieve the item.
 
A student who is found to be displaying a visable tattoo that violates this policy will be asked to cover up the tattoo so long as the student is on school grounds or while the student is attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity, on or off school property.
 
Exceptions to the dress code due to medical or religious reasons may be granted subject to approval by the administration.