Dress and Grooming (All Grade Levels)
The district’s dress code is reflective of community standards and is established to promote
school-appropriate attire, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. Students and
parents may determine a student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they
comply with the following:
- Shoes are to be worn at all times. For safety purposes, shoes with wheels and house shoes 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. Pajamas are not appropriate. Students are to wear appropriate under-garments. A modest appearance must be maintained when standing, seated, 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. Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe.
Hair length should not extend below the bottom of a dress collar or the top of a t- shirt.
- Faces are not to be covered (including face paint).
- Students are not to wear:
- Jewelry or trinkets that are noisy and distracting; clothing that is paramilitary, obscene, dangerous, occult or gang-related; or that advertise sex, drugs, tobacco, or any product related to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. Students may not wear suggestive or inappropriately located decorative patches, insignia, or clothing with improper advertising, pictures, slogans, or statements.
- Mouth grills
- Tattoos. Visible tattoos must be covered.
- Any body piercing (other than earrings for girls). Earrings are not acceptable for boys.
Covering unacceptable body piercing or earrings is not permitted.
- Clothing that in any way would suggest disrespect for the American flag.
- Sweat bands, bandannas, and hats/caps/hoods inside the building.
- Trench coats, dusters, or excessively large jackets.
- Clothing that does not adequately cover the body or that has tears or rips that are higher than mid-thigh, such as:
- Low cut, see-through, spaghetti straps or backless dresses, or other revealing tops. Midriffs are to be covered.
- Sleeveless shirts for boys.
iii. Baggy/oversized pants or pants that hang on the hipbone, or unhemmed shorts.
- Shorts, skirts, or split skirts shorter than mid-thigh in length. Skirts should be slit no higher than mid-thigh. Leggings worn under skirts, shorts, or tops (including but not limited to shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts) do not alter this regulation. Skirts with shorts or leggings are acceptable for elementary school students.
- Chains or other accessories of any length or size (including wallet chains) which could be used to inflict injury upon others are not allowed.
Note: Additional dress code guidelines will be in effect for students who are attending the
Tomball Alternative Education Center (TAEC) located at the Tomball Connections Academy.
Students are expected to be in compliance with this dress code when they enter TAEC. Please
see a campus administrator or the Tomball Connections Academy Principal for further details.
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 at school. If not
corrected, the student may be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day,
until the problem is corrected, or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of
clothing to the school. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in
accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
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 an administrator. These items may be kept by the administrator for a period of time to
be determined by the administrator, including until the end of day or the end of the year or
until the parent comes to the school to retrieve the item.
A student who is found to be displaying a 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.