Originally posted on August 7, 2013 @ 6:30 am
The dress codes at the Mineola ISD schools have been altered this year. I’ve sifted through them to help you get an idea for district policies, and to let you know what’s specific to each campus. Please be sure to read the full dress code for each campus where you will have a student. If you have any questions regarding a policy, I encourage you to call the campus in question for clarification.
Most of the general clothing policies are essentially the same district-wide. No inappropriate, racially-related, or gang-related language or symbolism is allowed. Clothing must not be worn in a manner for which it was not intended ((i.e. backwards, inside out, off-the-shoulder suspenders/straps, traditional cold weather clothing worn during hot weather, pajamas). Skinny jeans and excessively baggy articles of clothing are not allowed. Appropriate undergarments must be worn and must not be visible. See-through or provocative clothing (i.e., spandex tights, shorts or pants and excessively tight dresses and skirts) is banned. The middle school campus bans graphics including dragons, skeletons, skulls, and the rebel flag, as well as Joe’s Crab Shack shirts, and all-black outfits.
Shirts / Tops
Tank tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, and low-cut tops (including low necks or underarms) are banned on all campuses, as are tops that bare the midriff. The middle school requires shirt straps to be three inches across the shoulder, while the high school requires a width of two inches. The middle school policy specifically bans sleeveless shirts for boys, and allows hoodies as long as the hood is not worn on the head. The primary school requires shirts that are made to be tucked in are tucked in. All boys’ shirts – regardless of style – must be tucked in and a belt worn at all times at the high school.
Pants, Shorts, Skirts, Dresses
Bottom length policies vary by campus. The primary school requires that the hem of garments should touch the end of the fingertips. Hems should extend to within two inches above the knee at the elementary school. The middle school’s policy states that hems should be to the knee, and that cheerleaders must wear warm-up pants with uniform skirts except during pep rallies, games, or other performances. Shorts with belt loops must have a belt and shirt tucked in at the middle school. At the high school, hems must be no more than three inches above the top of the knee. Tights or undergarments do not excuse the three-inch rule at the high school.
House shoes are banned on all campuses, and shoes intended for beach or bath wear are forbidden on the primary, elementary, and middle school campuses. The elementary and middle school policies specifically ban flip flops. High heels or wedges on shoes or boots are prohibited on the elementary campus.
Backpacks and string bags are allowed on the middle school campus this year, but are not allowed at the high school. Purses on the elementary campus may not be larger than an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper.
Hats, caps, and bandannas are not allowed on the primary, elementary, or middle school campuses. Hats, caps, and bandannas brought onto the middle school campus will be confiscated. Hats, caps, and bandannas are not to be worn in the high school building.
Dark glasses may not be worn on any campus, unless prescribed by a physician. Excessive or distracting makeup may not be worn district-wide. Tattoos of any kind are prohibited on the primary, elementary, and middle school campuses. The high school policy states that tattoos must be covered while at school or school activities.
Earrings for boys are banned on all campuses, and girls on the high school campus may not have more than two earrings per ear. Mouth jewelry and exposed body piercing are prohibited. Mineola ISD discourages the wearing of expensive jewelry and other apparel and is not responsible for lost or stolen items, or money.
Distracting hair colors, dyes, or streaks are restricted, as are designs cut into the hair on all campuses. The high school policy prohibits hair dyed two different colors. On the primary and elementary campuses, boys’ hair must not extend past the collar, the eyebrows, or the middle of the ear. The middle school and high school require that boys’ hair be cut above the collar, ears, and eyebrows. Mowhawks, faux-hawks, ponytails, and braids are prohibited on all campuses for boys. The middle school bans all facial hair, and the high school does not allow beards or goatees. Well-trimmed mustaches are allowed at the high school.
Teachers, coaches, and/or sponsors may define appropriate dress for school sponsored trips and extracurricular activities. Students in violation may be removed or excluded from the activity for a period determined by the Principal or sponsor and may be subject to other disciplinary actions.