Dress Code (All Grade Levels)

The Melissa Schools Dress Code can also be found in the “Dress and Grooming” section of the 2019-2020 Student Handbook, pages 51-52.

For semi-formal events at Melissa High School, please see the 2019-2020 Semi-Formal Dress Code.

Dress and Grooming (All Grade Levels)

Melissa Schools is committed to providing a world-class educational opportunity to each student enrolled in the district. Efforts are being made to ensure the highest standards of performance for all stakeholders and to promote a safe and secure environment free of the perception of fear, threat, or danger. The district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. Students and parents/guardians may determine a student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following:

Dress Standards:

  • Clothing, including tee shirts, which displays sexually oriented or explicit material, violence, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, gang or hate slogans or pictures deemed inappropriate by school officials.
  • No inappropriately worn or distracting clothing (e.g., too-tight tops or pants, lycra, spandex)


  • Straps on shirts and tops must be at least two inches in width to be considered acceptable.
  • All undershirts must meet the minimum standard as listed above if visible
  • No sports jerseys, tanks, halters, or spaghetti straps unless worn with appropriate undershirt;
  • No backless tops
  • No holes or tears
  • No pajamas (unless designated by campus administration for special occasions)
  • No exposed cleavage
  • Must cover front and back midriff at all times whether standing, sitting, stretching, or bending. Must be able to be tucked in as well.
  • No see through (thin or mesh)


  • For Grades K-5: Shorts and skirts must be no shorter than fingertip length
  • For Grades 6-12: Shorts and skirts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee on any side
  • Leggings, tights, or yoga pants must be worn with attire that meets the minimum standard for shorts or skirts, OR with an untucked shirt that comes down to mid-thigh
  • Must not be worn below the waist (“sagging” garments are not acceptable)
  • No pajamas (unless designated by campus administration for special occasions)
  • Tears, cuts, rips, and/or holes 3 inches or more above the knee are not allowed if it exposes the skin or undergarment.


  • All facial or body piercing will be prohibited; with the exception of clear spacers or studs in the nose. These will be acceptable unless deemed distracting by an administrator / designee
  • Only earrings allowed, no gauges
  • Earrings and traditional jewelry are acceptable


  • Hairstyles or colors deemed distracting, disruptive, or unsafe (head and facial) are not allowed
  • No bare feet, house shoes, slippers, or “heelies”
  • No chains on clothing or wallets or as necklaces
  • No exposed undergarments
  • No trench coats or dusters. All coats and jackets must be able to open in the front
  • No hats, caps, bandanas, hairnets, skull caps, or hoods
  • No sunglasses (unless prescribed by a physician)
  • Writing on body is not allowed
  • No tattoos, temporary tattoos or body markings with provocative, profane, or offensive pictures or writing.

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.

***The administration may allow exceptions to the dress code on designated days.

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