Dress Code

Dunbar High School Dress Code Standards 2023-2024


The purpose of the Dress Code 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 establish the minimum acceptable standards for student dress to be interpreted and enforced by the Dunbar High School staff.

NOTE: The principal has the authority, as permitted by School Board policy, to establish additional or modify dress code standards at individual schools as fads and trends change. After reading these standards, if there is a doubt about the acceptability of a clothing item, select another item to wear to school.



  1. SHORTS: The length of shorts for ALL students must be at or below the knees.
  2. Apparel shall be adequate in both length and coverage in its entirety to be considered appropriate for school. Length of skirts and dresses must be at or below the knees regardless of the student’s height/leg length (this includes any front, side, or back slits in skirts and dresses). NOTE: Pulling down/stretching the garment to make it meet the appropriate length is NOT permitted.
  3. Pants shall be worn fastened and at the waist with no undergarments showing.
  4. No holes, tears, fraying, or slits in jeans, pants, shorts, skirts, and dresses.
  5. Shirts or blouses shall be appropriately fastened in accordance with the design of that shirt or blouse. The length shall extend beyond the waist level with no midriff exposed. 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 shirts must cover the shoulder. No off the shoulder blouses or blouses/shirts that fall off the shoulder are permitted. Dress code violations may NOT be covered with outerwear (e.g. jackets, hoodies, sweaters, coats, etc.)
  6. Clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner are prohibited. (Senate Bill 228)
  7. Leggings, spandex, tights, or pantyhose can only be worn with a skirt, dress, or shorts that are to or below the knee regardless of the student’s height/leg length.
  8. Leggings, spandex, or tights with or without pockets may NOT be worn merely as pants or shorts.
  9. Long, oversized jerseys are prohibited.
  10. Blankets and pillows are not permitted in the halls or classrooms. Blankets cannot be worn as a “coat.”
  11. Pajama attire of any kind, including bedroom slippers or house shoes, is prohibited.
  12. 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.

  1. The wearing on campus of sunglasses, hats, caps, scarfs, bandanas, wave caps, headbands, hoods, combs and pics, or any headgear 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.
  2. Shoes shall be worn at all times. Slippers are unacceptable.
  3. Apparel, emblems, insignias, badges, or symbols that promote the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any other illegal activity are prohibited.
  4. Apparel or symbols which may be gang-related may not be displayed on a student’s person or in the student’s possession.
  5. 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.
  6. Clothing with slogans or advertising which by its controversial or obscene nature disrupts the educational setting is prohibited.
  7. Any method of public display (including clothing, nail polish, and other items that may be worn or carried) of an organization affiliated with controversial, obscene, or illegal activities on a person, may not be worn, if in the principal’s judgment, they may cause a substantial disruption to the school environment.
  8. Gang-related tattoos, or other tattoos that may cause a substantial disruption to the educational environment as determined by the principal, are prohibited and must be covered.
  9. No costumes unless for a school authorized event.


Dress code violations may NOT be covered with outerwear (e.g. jackets, hoodies, sweaters, coats, etc.)



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