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Dress Code Policy

The following guidelines are intended to define appropriate student attire and personal grooming.  We believe that students should “dress for success” and that a dress code policy helps keep our schools safe and effective.  The Foothill Ranch Middle School dress code will be strictly enforced.  
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.  A substantial sole is required and enclosed toe and heel footwear is highly encouraged. House slippers are not permitted.  Students must wear appropriate shoes when participating in PE. 
  • Pants are to be worn at or above the hip point and be able to stay up without a belt.  Also, NO undergarments are to be visible at any time.  Students are permitted to wear shorts/skirts which do not expose buttocks. 
  • Extremely brief garments such as halter-tops, bare midriffs, tube tops, net tops, spaghetti straps, “off the shoulder”,  plunging necklines (front and back), and exposed undergarments are not appropriate.  
  • Garments with slogans or pictures promoting the use of drugs, alcohol or substance abuse or with suggestive, sexist or obscene statements, including racial slurs or any disparaging remarks will not be allowed.  Shirts depicting violence are deemed inappropriate.
  • Earrings or other jewelry, which may present a safety hazard, are not suitable for school wear. 
If the violation is a shirt of some kind, the student will be given an opportunity to exchange the shirt for a loaner shirt.  The loaner shirt can be exchanged back for the original at the end of the school day.  If the violation is an issue with loose pants, the student will be given zip-ties to bring the pants up above the hip. Students who continually refuse to comply with the dress code policy will need to call a parent or guardian to bring a change of clothing that is more appropriate and/or will face progressive school discipline/consequences.  The administration reserves the right to decide the appropriateness of the student’s attire.
Updated: September 3, 2021