Dress Code

Polo ShirtsAlthough parents and students are responsible for their attire, the administration will be responsible for judging whether a student’s appearance violates SUSD K-8 dress code standards.  If, in the judgment of the school administration, student dress is out of code, a threat to student health or safety, interferes with schoolwork, creates disorder, or disrupts the educational program, consequences will be applied.

Students who violate dress code guidelines will be required to change into more appropriate clothing immediately or be removed from classes until a change of clothes can be brought in by a parent/guardian.

At SMS we are committed to preparing our students for the future. This preparation includes academics, social skills, and job skills. The classroom is a student’s “workplace,” and we expect them to dress accordingly. The dress code is a requirement for all K-8 students. Examples of appropriate school dress code colors are in the front office.


  • Must be solid white, gray, tan, blue, or red.
  • Must not have writing or pictures. No logos larger than 2”x2”.
  • Must be no longer than the tips of the student’s fingers or must be tucked in.
  • Must not expose the midriff (with arms up or down) and no plunging necklines.
  • Must have a collar and short or long sleeves, unless it is a school-sponsored shirt.
  • Button-up shirts must be buttoned up. Ties permitted only with button-up shirts.
  • Shirts worn under dress code shirts must follow dress code colors and length.
  • Students may wear spirit shirts any day of the week but they must promote schools, sports, clubs, organizations, etc. directly associated with SUSD #30.


  • Must be plain/solid white, gray, tan, black or navy blue.
  • Must fit correctly at the waist (no over-sized pants or sagging past the waist-line).
  • Must have hemmed bottoms (no cut-offs or torn/frayed hems).
  • Plain jeans are okay if they are not faded and do not have tears, frays, holes, patches, or decorations. Designs on pockets need to be minimal (less than 2 inches).
  • Leggings must follow dress code colors and must be worn with another appropriate bottom (pant/skirt/shorts). “Jegging” and similar leggings are not considered pants and are not permitted.

Shorts and Skirts

  • Must be plain/solid white, gray, tan, black or navy blue.
  • They must fit correctly at the waist (no over-sized pants or sagging past the waist-line).
  • Denim shorts/skirts are okay if they are not faded and do not have tears, frays, holes, patches, or decorations. Designs on pockets need to be minimal (less than 2 inches).
  • When shorts are placed at the waistline, they must be no shorter than the tip of the thumb for shorts, and the tip of the fingers for skirts/dresses. If shorts or skirts need to be pulled down throughout the day when the student is moving, sitting/standing up, walking, then the shorts or skirt are too short and do not meet the dress code length requirements.
  • Must have hemmed bottom (no cut-offs or torn/frayed hem).


  • No open backed shoes or flip-flops.
  • All shoes must have a hard sole. No slippers are permitted.
  • No high heels, unless permitted at evening dances or 8th grade promotion ceremony.


  • Outerwear (sweatshirts, zip-ups, jackets, etc.) may be any color.
  • Clothes must not be ripped, frayed, or torn.
  • Hats for the purpose of shading one’s face from the sun are only allowed to be worn outdoors. During the cold winter months, wool hats and hoods may only be worn outdoors.
  • No gang related clothing is allowed (no dangling belts, chains, weapon or bullet designs, “tagging” style lettering, three items of the same color, etc.).

The presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, or manner of dress or grooming that by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol or any other attribute that indicates or implies gang membership, secret society, or affiliation in such a gang or group, is prohibited.

Student Dance Dress Code Guidelines

  • No spaghetti straps (unless you have a sweater or shawl to wear).
  • Dresses/skirts must pass finger tips.
  • No plunging necklines.
  • No exposed midriffs.
  • No flip-flops.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • No sagging pants or hats.

Student 8th Grade Dance Dress Code Guidelines

Young Ladies:

  • Dress or blouse with dress slacks or a skirt.
  • Skirts and dresses must be longer than the fingertips.
  • If the dress or top has straps that are less than one inch wide or is strapless, a sweater or shawl is required.

Young Men:

  • Dress slacks and button-down collared shirt.
  • A tie is optional and encouraged.
  • Jeans, shorts, and hats are not permitted.
  • All shoes, including high heels, must be kept on throughout the dance and ceremony for student safety.

Student Out Of Dress Code Day Guidelines

Note: All Out Of Dress Code Passes need to be obtained in advance. Please do not show up out of dress code with plans of getting a pass for that day. Often, there are unforeseen circumstances that prevent this from happening.

All clothing choices must follow standard dress code policy.

  • No pajamas.
  • No midriffs showing.
  • No spaghetti straps or tank tops.
  • No plunging necklines.
  • No shorts or skirts shorter than dress code policy.
  • No sagging pants.
  • No spandex, slippers, or flip-flops.
  • Shirts and pants of any color may be worn.
  • No hats allowed.
  • On school spirit days and other special occasions (i.e. Halloween), specific dress code guidelines will be communicated to students.

Dress Code Violation Consequences

  1. Warned and given a chance to correct the clothing that is out of compliance.
  2. A phone call to home will be made to notify a parent/guardian that the student is out of dress code. Until the student is in dress code, he/she will be placed in the ACE classroom.
  3. Continuous violations will result in disciplinary consequences.