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Students are expected to dress in a manner that shows respect for the educational environment and is appropriate for the day’s activities. All students shall wear clean clothing and practice good personal hygiene. Clothing, jewelry and hairstyle must not present a health, safety or disruption to the learning environment. Dress and grooming expectations are in place to help promote a feeling of professionalism and purpose while participating in the learning process.  Disruption is defined as reactions by other individuals to the clothing or adornment, which causes the teacher/administrator to lose the attention of the students, to modify or cease instructional activities, or to deal with student complaints.

Dress/Grooming expectations:

  • Clothing must cover personal areas of the body at all times
  • Legs: skin higher than 5 inches (front or back) above the knee cap must not show when wearing shorts, skirts, or pants with tears/rips (wear a fabric patch under tears/rips higher than 5 inches)
  • Torso: when standing with arms raised above the head, no skin around the torso can be showing (wear a tank top under shirts that are too short cut), low underarm cut tank tops are not allowed as the torso and/or bra are visible, cleavage lines are to be covered (wear a tank top under shirts that are too low cut)
  • Shoulders: must be covered with at least 3 inches of fabric from neckline seam out to shoulder, seam under the arm must be snug fitting
  • Undergarments: bra straps must not be visible (even under sheer fabrics), underwear must remain hidden when bending over and/or standing with arms raised above the head
  • Heads: hats are not to be worn in the building during the school day unless a schoolwide hat day has been earned
  • Hair: hair color must be kept calm in nature, colors beyond natural shades must be muted/pale intensities, fauxhawks that stand more than 2” above the scalp are not allowed
  • Makeup: must be calm in nature/not distracting (including eyeliner and lipstick)
  • Piercings: allowed, keep jewelry small and inconspicuous, administration can require jewelry to be removed for any reason

**Dress and grooming standards apply to PE class time and school wide outdoor activities.  Students traveling away from the school campus but on a school related activity (field trip, academic contest, etc.) must follow dress and grooming standards as they represent SSMS while participating in the event.


The following are deemed inappropriate at SSMS: 

  • items advertising, promoting, and likenesses of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
  • clothing, jewelry, accessories, and piercings which are conspicuous, extreme, or that draw undue attention 

or disruption

  • hats, beanies or headgear worn in the building (anything that fully covers the top or back of the head) unless a schoolwide hat day has been established
  • gang related clothing, colors and paraphernalia
  • tattoos that would interrupt school decorum or adversely affect the educational process must be covered or removed
  • writing/drawing on the body (this reflects great misuse of educational time, students will be required to wash clean)
  • wearing pajamas/pajama pants and/or slippers (exception: 8th grade wears pj pants made in home ec class one day together as a group)

**In the event of a question, the administration will make the final decision as to whether clothing, jewelry, hair styles, etc. are in violation of the dress and grooming standards.


Consequences for not adhering to the dress and grooming standards include:

1st offense: verbal warning, student required to change/remove whatever is in violation

2nd offense: verbal warning, student required to change/remove whatever is in violation, possible detention

3rd offense: parent notification, student required to change/remove whatever is in violation, possible detention

4th and subsequent offenses: parent conference scheduled, 1-10 day suspension, behavior contract put in place upon return to school