Dunbar High School

Dress Standards and Expectations



The purpose of the Dress Standards is to encourage students to focus on the learning process without distractions caused by unsuitable dress and grooming. Students are expected to maintain a clean, orderly appearance at all times. The responsibility for the personal appearance of each student rests with the parent/guardian and the student. Personal appearance shall not disrupt the educational process.  A student who is dressed appropriately is demonstrating a respect for self and others, as well as contributing to a safe and orderly learning environment.  The following standards establish the minimum acceptable standards for student dress to be interpreted and enforced by the Dunbar High School staff. Each principal has the authority with his or her staff and community, as permitted by School Board policy, to establish additional standards at individual schools.  After reading these standards, if there is a doubt about the acceptability of a clothing item, select another item to wear to school.

  1. Apparel shall be adequate in both length and coverage to be considered appropriate for school.  Length of skirts and dresses must extend to the young ladies’ knees. 
  2. Pants shall be worn fastened and at the waist with no undergarments showing. 
  3. Pants with holes, tears, etc. may not be worn, if in the principal’s judgment, they may cause a disruption to the school environment. 
  4. Shirts or blouses shall be appropriately fastened in accord with the design of that shirt or blouse.  The length shall extend beyond the waist level. 
  5. Clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner are prohibited. (Senate Bill 228)
  6. Transparent or see-through tops, bare midriff, strapless, low-cut clothing, or tops and outfits that provide minimum coverage or are of a suggestive nature are prohibited; halters, backless dresses or tops, tube tops, tank tops, muscle shirts, or any clothing which may be distracting are prohibited.  Sleeveless blouses must cover the shoulder. 
  7. Any articles of clothing or jewelry that could likely cause injury-such as chains, bracelets, rings, chokers with or without spikes, or studs-are prohibited.  Wallet chains of any length are prohibited.
  8. Shoes shall be worn at all times.  Slippers are unacceptable.
  9. Apparel, emblems, insignias, badges, or symbols that promote the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any other illegal activity are prohibited.
  10. Apparel or symbols which may be gang-related may not be displayed on a student’s person or in the student’s possession.
  11. Gang-related tattoos, or other tattoos that may cause a substantial disruption to the educational environment as determined by the principal, are prohibited.
  12. Adornments that, in the principal’s judgment could cause injury, be a safety risk, or cause a disruption to the school environment may not be worn.  Examples or prohibited adornments include, but are not limited to, hoops or rings attached to the nose, eyebrow, cheeks or lips.
  13. The wearing on campus of hats, caps, headgear (including hoodies) or sunglasses except in conjunction with designated school-approved uniforms or at authorized athletic practices or activities is prohibited.  There may be certain exceptions for medical conditions and physical education classes held outside.  The principal will determine these exceptions.
  14. Clothing with slogans or advertising which by its controversial or obscene nature disrupts the educational setting is prohibited.
  15. Hair coloring or style that may cause a substantial disruption to the educational environment, as determined by the principal, is prohibited.
  16. Shorts are permitted but must extend to the knee.
  17. Leggings can be worn under a skirt of appropriate length or with a shirt that is fingertip length.
  18. Pillows and blankets are not permitted during the school day.