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Uniform Policy

McKinley Middle School Uniform Policy 2016-2017

The students and their parents/guardians are responsible for compliance with the MMS Uniform Dress Policy. Please read this policy carefully, so that your student will not be subject to correction or disciplinary action. This list is not all-inclusive and administration may determine the appropriateness of clothing articles or accessories if not listed in policy to follow. The MMS Dress Code Policy is in effect from the time the student arrives on campus until he/she leaves campus after school. Students are not permitted to change into or out of their uniform clothing at school.  Students must remain in dress code while on campus.

General Guidelines

MMS UNIFORM POLICY

The students and their parents/guardians are responsible for compliance with the MMS Uniform Dress Policy. Please read this policy carefully, so that your student will not be subject to correction or disciplinary action. This list is not all-inclusive and administration may determine the appropriateness of clothing articles or accessories if not listed in policy to follow. The MMS Dress Code Policy is in effect from the time the student arrives on campus until he/she leaves campus after school. Students are not permitted to change into or out of their uniform clothing at school.  Students must remain in dress code while on campus.

 

General Guidelines

  • Most articles of clothing including jackets and socks are to be solid colored. Any color is acceptable. Striped shirts, plaid, checkered designs, polka dots, patterns are allowed.  No camouflage of any kind. Articles of clothing should not show graphics or writing of any type.
  • All articles of clothing should fit properly.  No tight or baggy clothing is acceptable. This includes items worn under the approved dress code shirt. Under garments shall not show at any time, this includes leggings and jeggings.
  • All articles of clothing must be neat and in good condition. No torn, tattered, or excessively long clothing.
  • Under shirts must be worn tucked into pants, shorts or skirts. If the shirt pulls out of the pants, shorts or skirts when the arms are raised above the head, the shirt is too short.
  • Materials:  Most materials are acceptable, with the following exceptions: No transparent or sheer materials, no net or lace, and no spandex, which includes leggings, jeggings, yoga pants, and sweat joggers. This guideline applies to those articles of clothing worn under acceptable dress code clothing.
  • MMS graphics are acceptable on collared shirts and approved sweatshirts on Monday through Thursday, and on collarless shirts on Fridays.
  • Manufacturer logos will be allowed on approved articles of clothing as long as they are no larger than 1 ½ inches in diameter. No graphics or writing on jackets, sleeves, shirt or pants of any kind. Skull graphics are not permitted.
  • Negative messages: No clothing or accessories that promote negative behaviors (profanity, violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, bigotry, disrespect, gangs), or that are highly distractive, disruptive or immodest.
  • Jewelry: No chains, dog collar necklaces, metal ball, studded, or spiked jewelry, no oversized rings, no wallets or pocket chains, or any accessories that can be construed as a weapon (ex: a cluster of objects on a necklace, oversized rings, or a large belt buckle).  No more than two necklaces may be worn at one time, and necklaces must be worn underneath the shirt.  No facial or tongue piercings or jewelry. Pierced ears only.
  • Hair Styles: Students hair styles must not be distracting or disruptive to the educational process. No graphics or lettering is allowed to be shaved or dyed into the hair. NO BANDANAS ALLOWED
  • Other Accessories:  No sunglasses, baseball caps, hair nets, or bandanas.  Absolutely no writing or graphics on wristbands, backpacks, skin or clothing.  No stickers, buttons or patches are allowed on clothing or skin.  Gloves and knit hats are allowed, (weather permitting and outside only). No fingerless gloves or baseball caps allowed at any time. 
  • Belts: Belts are encouraged unless the student has been contracted for dress code violation such as sagging of the pants or shorts. If worn, belts must comply with the same rules as "jewelry," and must fit properly with no belt hanging.  No large buckles or inappropriate messages on belt or buckle are allowed.  No studded belts are permitted.
  • Shoes and Socks: Shoes must be worn at all times. Bedroom slippers are never allowed. Socks should be worn as appropriate. For safety reasons flip-flops, backless shoes, platforms, high heels and sandals are discouraged.
  • Jackets and Coats: Jackets are discouraged while in class. If jackets must be worn, clothing under jackets must be in compliance with MMS dress code policy.
  • No gang-related clothing.

 

 

Shirts (Boys and Girls)

  • Observe all guidelines listed in "general guidelines"
  •  Collared, polo, button down, Oxford or turtle necks (mock or regular), no designs/writing. No transparent or sheer fabrics.
  • McKinley Spirit Shirts only on Fridays.
  • Short or long sleeves, no sleeveless
  • All shirts must have buttons or snaps, and button/snap to the neck (collar).  No more than two buttons/snaps from the top may be undone.
  • No zippered shirts, tank tops or midriffs.
  • No shirts are tied to make them tighter at anytime.
  • Un-tucked uniform shirts are allowed within the following guidelines:
  • Un-tucked shirts must not be longer than wrist of a student when his/her arms are held at the side. Un-tucked shirts must not rise above the waistline of the student when arms are raised above his/her head. Shirts that are too long need to be tucked in. Shirts that are too short need to be changed. Only outer uniform shirt may be un-tucked.  Under shirts or layered shirts worn under the dress code shirt are to be tucked in and are not to be seen. Only ONE undershirt of uniform color may be worn UNDERNEATH a uniform shirt.

 

 

 

Skirts, Jumpers and Shorts

  • Observe all guidelines listed in "general guidelines"
  • Must be no shorter than finger tip length with arms fully extended
  • Sweatshirts, Sweaters and Vests

  • Observe all guidelines listed in "general guidelines"
  • Must be worn over a legal shirt
  • No logos or writing on front, back or sleeves.
  • Hooded sweatshirts are appropriate when weather indicates.  Hoods may be worn outside only.
  • No sweatshirt graphics are allowed including those garments with zippers. Teachers may ask you to remove this item of clothing during class.​​

 

  • Pants, Shorts

  • Observe all guidelines listed in "general guidelines"
  • Pant legs no wider than 10 inches. Pant legs that drag on the ground or are rolled up are not allowed.
  • Straight legged or regular cut pants fitted at the waist. (No sagging/baggy, dropped crotch, overly tight pants.)
  • No overall or one-piece jump suits.
  • No outside stitching or decoration.
  • A belt
  • No sweat shorts, bike shorts, athletic shorts, leggings/jeggings, swishy/nylon pants, sweat pants,  shorts, leather or pleather.
  • Shorts must be at least fingertip length, but no longer than the bend of the knee.

 

  • Coats, Jackets

  • Observe all guidelines listed in "general guidelines"
  • Must be worn over approved MMS clothing
  • Any jacket with the approved colors for shirts may be worn.
  • No graphics or writing allowed on coats or jackets.
  • Hoods to be worn outdoors only
  • All coats/jackets must be waist length.  No short jackets permitted.
  • Teachers may ask students to remove jackets in the classroom.
  • No shirts (denim, flannel, plaid, etc.) may be worn as jackets.

  • Spirit Days/Dances

  • Observe all guidelines listed in "general guidelines"
  • On Fridays and other administration approved days students may wear MMS insignia shirts without collars.
  • Athletic participants may wear dress approved by the administration on designated days
  • No Del Norte or any high school graphics will be allowed

CONSEQUENCES FOR UNIFORM DRESS CODE VIOLATION

Comet Reminders

  • 1st & 2nd offense – Written notification to be signed and returned.
  • 3rd offense – Referral to Administration for consequence.
    • 1st administrative referral - 3 days of lunch detention
    • 2nd administrative referral - 5 days of lunch detention.  Failure to attend lunch detention or community service will result in additional days or placement in TIPS/In-School Suspension if chronic.
    • 3rd administrative referral - 3 days of TIPS (in school suspension) & parent notification.
  • After the third administrative consequence Student will serve a minimum of 1 day home suspension and parent conference will be arranged.  Further dress code violations may result in additional disciplinary action that could include a due process hearing and long term suspension. 
  • Extreme defiance and non-compliance of dress code can result in a disciplinary referral.
  • Referral sequence process will start over at second semester.

In addition to the issuance of a Comet Reminder, students may be asked to change out of the clothes they are wearing if deemed unacceptable or inappropriate by a staff member.  Discretion is left to the individual staff member or administrator.  Parent may be contacted to bring the student clothing from home if the school is unable to provide acceptable clothing for the student to wear.  The student will be provided an acceptable shirt from the school, if available.  The student will be asked to leave the “out of dress code shirt” with the school until the “school issued temporary shirt” is washed/cleaned and returned to the school.