DRESS AND GROOMING (All Grade Levels)
The district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, 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:
The Board, administration, staff, and parents of the District believe that the adoption of a policy requiring school uniforms shall help promote school safety, improve discipline, and enhance the learning environment.
The school uniform program is mandatory and shall apply to all grade levels in the District. The District uniform shall consist of a green, gray, or white top and khaki bottoms or blue jeans, as further detailed in the District student dress code. The site-based decision-making committee on each campus, along with parent members as decided by the principal, shall determine optional accessories for the uniform for the purpose of adding school colors. Guidelines shall be determined by the administration.
The District shall seek ways to help fund the cost of uniforms for students who are economically disadvantaged. Sources of funding may include: federal and state funds; vendor rebates; corporate sponsorship or grants; and funds provided by donations, nonprofit organizations, or school foundations.
A written statement from a parent/guardian objecting to his or her child wearing a school uniform shall be substantiated as described in this policy.
Religious objections shall establish that:
1. The religion is an established religion;
2. The objection is based on the parent’s/guardian’s religious belief in relation to a supreme being involving duties superior to those arising from any human relation;
3. The religious beliefs of the parent/guardian are sincere; and
4. The wearing of the school uniform would place an undue hardship on the parent’s/guardian’s religious beliefs or practices.
Philosophical objections shall establish that:
1. The philosophical beliefs of the parent/guardian are sincere;
2. The parent’s/guardian’s beliefs against wearing school uniforms are part of the parent’s/guardian’s sociological or philosophical beliefs; and
3. The wearing of the school uniform would place an undue hardship on the parent’s/guardian’s philosophical beliefs.
A parent/guardian of a student who is new to the District and who desires an exemption from the uniform requirement shall submit a written statement of objection at the time of enrollment.
A student whose parent/guardian does not submit an objection to the uniform requirement shall be given a two-week grace period to comply with this policy.
Board Review of Requests
The Board shall grant or deny the exemption request no later than the next regular Board meeting following the written request. Exemptions granted by the Board shall be in effect for one year unless the student periodically or consistently wears the uniform after being granted the exemption. If the administration documents that the student wore the uniform on more than three occasions after being granted an exemption, the exemption shall become null and void, and the student shall be required to wear the uniform.
If the parent’s/guardian’s request for an exemption is denied by the Board, the student shall have two weeks from the date of the Board’s decision to begin wearing the school uniform.
The Superintendent, with the guidance and input from the District Educational Improvement Committee (DEIC), shall make recommendations to amend or repeal the school uniform policy to the Board on an annual basis. The DEIC shall provide its recommendations to the Superintendent and the Board in written form. Any recommendation to amend or repeal the school uniform policy must be made in written form by the Superintendent to the Board. Only the Board may amend or repeal the school uniform policy.
Mandatory Uniform Policy
The school uniform shall be mandatory for all students in all grade levels, pre- kindergarten to grade 12, except for students who have received an exemption from the School Board based on a valid religious or philosophical reason, pursuant to Board Policy FNCA (Local). The school uniform may be worn Monday through Friday during the regular school year, except that one day per week may be designated “School Spirit Day.” On “School Spirit Day” students may wear approved shirts depicting school colors, as further outlined by campus regulations. During summer school, the uniform may be worn, but is not required. During those days that the school uniform is not required, the remaining provisions of the Student Dress Code are still applicable.
B. Description of Official School Uniform:
The Official District Uniform for boys is a green shirt and khaki pants or standard blue jeans. The Official District Uniform for girls is a green, top, khaki skirt, pant or blue denim jean. Each student must own at least one Official District Uniform. The Official District Uniform may be worn at any time, but shall only be required at specific times or events, as determined by the superintendent or his designee, and only when parents are given at least two days’ notice. Except for those days when students are required to wear the Official District Uniform, boys may choose to wear khaki shorts in lieu of pants and girls may choose to wear khaki shorts, pants, capri, jumpers, or skorts, in lieu of a skirt.
C. Description of Required School Uniform:
The required school uniform for both boys and girls shall be a green, grey, or white top and a khaki or jean bottom.
Tops for boys and girls must have sleeves and a collar. Long or short sleeves are acceptable. Tops may be any style, which is not excluded by the general dress code, but may not have prints, stripes, lettering, or pictures, except for the manufacturer’s small label or monogram or school adopted patch (explained in #4 below). Undershirts may not be worn as tops. Turtleneck shirts may be worn only when worn under the uniform shirt. No excessive ornamentation may be worn on the top. Examples of ornamentation include, but are not limited to: fringe, excessive buttons, sequins, appliques or tassels.
The acceptable color for boys’ and girls’ tops is green, grey, or white.
Acceptable fabrics for boys’ and girls’ tops shall be cotton or a cotton blend, acrylic, wool or a wool blend, polyester, rayon, or like fabrics, but not lycra, nylon, satin, taffeta, crepe, chiffon, gauze, lace, vinyl, plastic, suede, fur or leather. (Mesh or see-through fabrics are specifically prohibited.)
Boys may wear khaki pants, blue jeans or shorts. Girls may wear khaki skirts, pants, Capri pants, blue jeans, shorts, skorts (culottes), or a khaki jumper over the dark green top. The jeans must conform to all of the guidelines and expectations for the uniform pants. No holes, tears, ragged hems, decorations, and baggy pants will be allowed. Bottoms may not have prints, stripes, lettering or pictures. Drawstring pants will not be allowed.
The acceptable color for boys’ and girls’ khaki bottoms shall be beige, tan, or light brown, but not green, blue, black, white, or any other color.
The acceptable fabrics for boys’ and girls’ bottoms shall be cotton or a cotton blend (i.e. with gabardine, wool, polyester or rayon), but not lycra, nylon, satin, taffeta, crepe, chiffon, gauze, silk, lace, vinyl, plastic, suede, fur, or leather.
a. Pants and Shorts:
The style shall be slacks, blue jeans, or walking shorts or khaki jeans, but not hip huggers, cut-offs, bicycle pants, or riding pants. A zipper, buttons, elastic, or snaps must secure pants or shorts. Stretch pants or drawstring pants, skateboarding style pants, bell-bottoms, or overalls are not acceptable.
b. Skirts and skorts (for girls):
Girls may wear skirts which are pleated or non-pleated; full or straight A-Line style, jumpers, or other styles not inconsistent with the dress code.
Allow pants with slight flair leg (not bell bottoms) and loose fitting capri pants. Allow cargo or carpenter type pants (not baggy or oversized with pockets sewn shut.
The school uniform does not require a specific uniform shoe, either in style, material, or color. Steel-toed boots or shoes or flip-flops will not be allowed.
Pull over hoodies, jackets and zipper front hoodies will be permissible, but the shirt collar must be visible. Remember, no clothing with pictures, insignias, or language that is suggestive or displays bad taste will be worn.
The district prohibits any clothing or grooming that in the principal’s judgment may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of, or interference with, normal school operations. The district prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene or that advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs or any other substance abuse under Board policy.
The classroom is a situation, in which students and teachers are in close proximity, often times on a one-to-one basis. In order to create a pleasant comfortable (inoffensive), and healthy setting, the student is requested to observe standards of cleanliness constantly in all activities.
Dress and grooming should not distract students and teachers from classroom work or other school activities. Dress and grooming should not restrict or hamper performance in an extracurricular activity. Dress and grooming should cause no embarrassment. The regulations below pertain to all students for those areas of dress not covered by the uniform regulations, as well as students whose parents have elected to “opt out” of the uniform policy.
Shoes or sandals must be worn at all times.
No flip-flops, house slippers, or steel toe boots will be worn.
All boys will be clean shaved; no beards, mustaches, or goatees are allowed.
Undergarments must be worn at all times. Undergarments shall be defined as underwear for boys, underwear and bras for girls. Slips are strongly recommended for girls, when appropriate. Undergarments are not to be visible.
Pants, capri pants, skirts, shorts, skorts and jumpers must be appropriately sized, worn at the waistline, and properly secured. No baggy, over-sized pocket pants will be allowed. Pants with holes or tears are not permitted.
Dresses, skirts, shorts, skorts or jumpers shall be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee. If the garment has a slit, the top of the slit may b eno higher than three inches above the top of the knee. Tight fitting shorts that are considered too short will not be permitted.
Shirts, pants, capri pants, blouses and skirts with buttons, zippers or snaps, must be modestly buttoned, zipped or snapped. Shirts and blouses must be appropriately sized.
No extremely tight or short dresses, skirts, low cut, backless or string tie tops will be worn.
Neither sweat pants nor wind suits will be worn by students in grades six and above except in cold weather, by permission of the principal.
No boys will wear earrings. Placing strings or other objects on or in the ear (boys or girls) is not allowed. Wearing earrings pinned to clothing is not allowed either. Adornments on pierced body parts are not permitted except for a maximum of two pairs of earrings on girls.
Undershirts may be worn under collared shirts.
No long tights will be worn with a shirt over them.
No tank tops or muscle shirts will be worn.
No headdress or bandanas will be worn.
Jackets, pull-over hoodies, and zipper-front hoodies will be allowed, but the shirt collar must be visible.
Pants and other garments shall not be adorned with chains or other such items.
No clothing with pictures, insignias, or language that is suggestive or displays bad taste will be worn.
No tight fitting shorts of any type material will be worn; no drawstring shorts or cut off sweat pant shorts will be worn.
No raw or ragged hemlines will be worn.
No gang related clothing (including baggy pants, handkerchiefs, bandanas, tattoos, etc.) may be worn.
A student’s hair should be kept trimmed and/or groomed at all times while attending school. It should also be kept in a manner that will keep it out of the student’s eyes and not obstruct one’s vision. Students shall not cut sidewall, half long/half short, skid marks in the hair, or any other combination of unusual hairstyles. Unusual coloring/dying of the hair is prohibited, such as green, purple, orange, blue, etc. Boys and girls will be allowed to dye or highlight their hair with natural colors, as long as it is not a distraction. Boys’ hair must be kept shorter than the bottom of the shirt collar.
The principal, in cooperation with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity, will regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity. Students who violate these standards may be removed or excluded from the activity for a period determined by the principal or sponsor and may be subject to other disciplinary action. Students and sponsors will be dressed appropriately on all UIL and extracurricular trips and activities.
Students are permitted to wear approved activity uniforms used by participants in Pearsall ISD extracurricular activities such as band, cheerleading, sports teams, dance team, JROTC and others, at time only when approved by the campus administration.
Spirit t-shirts that support a school team, club, or organization may be worn on Fridays. Mondays have been designated as college awareness day, so students are allowed to wear a college shirt. If a student chooses not to wear a spirit or college shirt on designated days, he or she must wear the school uniform shirt.
Parents of students who are financially unable to provide the necessary clothing for their children may apply for assistance from the school district. Questions on this program should be directed to campus principals.
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.