School Board approves new dress code

John Fuller

At a meeting on June 13, the School Board approved a new dress code policy that requires shorts and skirts to extend to the top of the knee, male students to be clean-shaven with tucked-in shirts and prohibits athletic shorts and pants outside of approved activity, among other changes.

The change in policy will be enforced starting with the 2011-2012 school year and includes the following changes:

  • Sleeves are required on garments in all grades.
  • Boys’ shirts must be tucked into the waistband in grades 6-12.
  • Pants/slacks must be appropriately sized, worn at the waist, and belted for boys in grades 6-12.
  • Acceptable shorts, dresses, skorts and skirts must reach the top of the knee or longer.
  • Male students must be clean-shaven; fuzzy and stubby beginning growth must be shaved. Sideburns must not extend below the earlobe.
  • Garments revealing the shoulders/undergarments are prohibited.
  • Students are prohibited from wearing garments that are excessively tight.
  • Oversized, baggy clothing and those with holes or tears are prohibited.
  • Hair shall not be worn to cover facial features.
  • Leggings may not be worn as the primary garment.
  • Hoods may not be worn inside the school building.
  • Costume contact lenses are prohibited.

The full listing of Dress and Grooming policies for BISD students can be seen on

The change was enacted a year and half after the Student Council petitioned the School Board to adopt a more lenient dress code policy to reduce the amount of time administrators and teachers spent enforcing the policy.