Dress code 2020-2021
DRESS AND GROOMING (All Grade Levels)
Standardized Dress and Grooming
The District’s dress code is established to
•teach grooming and hygiene,
•avoid safety hazards, and
•teach respect for authority.
Students shall come to school looking clean and neat, wearing clothing that will not be a health or safety hazard to the student or others.
The District prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, obscene, or advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other substance prohibited under policy FNCF(L) and prohibits any clothing or grooming that, in the principal’s judgment, may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of, or interference with normal school operations.
Regular dress code checks will occur throughout the day by teachers and staff. Students in violation of the dress code will be sent to the office if the violation cannot be corrected in the classroom. Parent contact will be made and the student will remain out of the general population until the dress code violation is corrected. If the violation is not corrected in a timely manner, the student will receive an official office referral and will not return to class; the parents will be notified. Minor dress code issues such as tears in pants that occur during the school day will not be subject to an office referral as long as the tear/issue does not expose the student in an inappropriate manner or is a class disruption. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
The dress code applies anytime a student is on campus during a normal school day and anytime a student is involved in an event or extra-curricular activity that represents Cuero ISD. There may be exceptions to the dress and grooming policy for certain special needs students with administrative approval. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action. Appropriate disciplinary procedures shall be followed in all cases.
The following requirements are set forth to govern the grooming and appearance standards for the district, however, school administrators reserve the right to make judgment calls concerning the appropriateness of dress and grooming when necessary.
All Students-All Grade Levels
To create a safe environment for CISD staff and students, CDC recommendations for face
coverings will be followed. All staff and students will utilize face coverings when moving
through hallways and while in common areas including restrooms, gyms, libraries, computer labs,
cafeteria, etc. Face coverings will also be utilized to the greatest extent possible in the regular
classroom setting. If social distancing can be achieved or partitions are in place masks may be
For the purposes of this document, masks include non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), or full-face shields to protect eyes, nose, and mouth. Face shields may be superior to cloth face coverings in many circumstances, given improved ability to see mouth movements and improved air circulation.
It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some activities. Schools may, for example, allow students who are actively exercising to remove masks or face shields, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students and staff who are not wearing masks or face shields.
Facemasks may be any color or design, but may NOT depict alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sexually-related, offensive, or inappropriate for the school setting images or language. Principals have sole discretion of what is inappropriate.
Students and staff will be responsible for their own facial coverings.
Buttoned, solid color oxford (western-style permissible) or polo shirts/blouses will be worn. All shirts will be free of words and/or pictures, etc. Logos (Izod, Polo, Dockers, etc.) may not be any larger than 1-inch square. All shirt buttons, except the collar button and second button must be buttoned at all times. All shirts will have a collar and sleeves.
An approved, Cuero Gobbler, school-spirit shirt that is green, white, black, or gray may be worn on any day of the week. The original construction of the Cuero Gobbler, school-spirit shirt cannot be modified or altered. Solid color t-shirts must have an administrator-approved spirit emblem or logo. No plain, non-logo, t-shirt may be worn. This does not include select team jerseys, i.e. CYFL, Little Dribblers, etc. Jerseys may only be worn on official “jersey days”. ONLY green and white Gobbler jerseys and green and white Gobbler cheer uniforms may be worn on Friday during football season.
Community sporting groups such as CYFL, CYSA, Little Dribblers, Little League, etc. will be given an opportunity to wear their uniforms (jerseys) during a special recognition day/s each year. Students will be notified by the campus principal, during their season of play, of the designated date.
School appropriate college spirit shirts may be worn on designated days ONLY.
Male students may wear pants or shorts.
Female students may wear pants, shorts, skorts, or skirts.
Allowable colors are khaki, NAVY blue, black, or gray. Jeans are acceptable.
All bottoms must fit appropriately at the waist, be neatly hemmed, and be free of oversized logos and words. Company logos and embellishments on back pockets are permitted. Pants with holes/tears may not be worn. Pants, trousers, or slacks shall not be overly tight, baggy, and/or low riding. Pants, shorts, and skirts must be hemmed and not frayed by the manufacturer. Minimal fraying in the back of the pants due to the natural wear and tear from boots and shoes is acceptable; however, the fraying must be trimmed to the pant hem. Nylon, athletic, or wind pants are not acceptable. Boxers, spandex shorts, and spandex pants are not acceptable as outer wear.
- COATS, SWEATERS, SWEAT SHIRTS, AND JACKETS, (INCLUDING HOODED):
Coats, sweaters, sweat shirts, and/or jackets may be worn over regular daily dress code clothing and will not be limited in color or wording other than a restriction of offensive words or logos; or, words or logos that promote or advertise alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or illegal affiliations. School administrators reserve the right to make judgment calls concerning restriction of outer garments.
- Hats, caps, bandanas, sweatbands, or any distracting headwear will not be permitted inside district school buildings at any time or on District property during the normal school day. (Exceptions made for school related activities and special events).
- Distracting neckwear is prohibited.
- Taps on shoes and roller-wheeled shoes are not permitted.
- Universal hair code: Must be well groomed and of a natural color. Must be out of the eye line. If it cannot be kept out of the eye line, will be required to be pulled back or braided. Must not be distracting or unsafe in nature or design (IE-mohawks, faux hawks, spikes, height or shape, etc.). No hard decorations, bauble, charms, etc. may be permanently placed in hair. No shaved designs or symbols may be cut in hair. Administration has sole discretion of what is distracting and unsafe.
- Piercings are limited to the ears only and only to female students.
- See-through clothing is not permitted.
- Grades 6-12: All student footwear must have either a closed toe or a closed heel, back strap, or ties. House shoes, distracting, or unsafe shoes are not permitted. Principal’s discretion is final. Elementary students must follow the elementary shoe rules.
- Tattoos are discouraged. Administrators have the authority to require students to cover tattoos they deem inappropriate or unsafe for the school environment.
- No trench coats will be allowed.
- All shirt buttons, except the collar button and second button, must be buttoned at all times.
- Skirts, sweaters, shorts, and pant-type clothing must be no shorter than fingertip length.
- Skirts should be long enough to be in good taste and appropriate for the school setting. Decency when sitting shall be a prime factor in determining the appropriateness for the school setting.
- Capri pants with slits are permitted.
- Modest necklines are required for both the front and back of garments.
- Proper undergarments and/or foundation garments must be worn. If more than one shirt is worn, then all shirts but the outer shirt must be tucked in.
- Shirts must be long enough to cover the midriff. NO BARE MIDRIFFS. Leggings, jeggings, tights, and yoga pants may only be worn as undergarments (covered by shorts, skirt, or pants) and must follow the same color guidelines as pant bottoms.
- No dresses will be allowed, only separates.
- All shirt buttons, except the collar button and second button must be buttoned at all times. Shirts may not extend beyond rear pant pocket. Excessively long shirts will be required to be tucked in.
- Boys shall be clean-shaven. (No goatees, beards, mustaches, or any type of facial hair growth). Sideburns shall not extend below the ear lobe.
- Earrings or any other piercing items may not be worn.
- Pants may not be excessively tight or baggy. No sagging, excessively loose pants will require a belt.
Elementary Campuses - Grades Pre-K – 5
- Closed toe and closed heel tennis shoes will be worn at all times. The Sperry Top-Sider or other types of deck shoes are not considered a tennis shoe
- No make-up or fake, acrylic nails shall be worn.
- Athletic shorts may be worn. Must fit at waist and have drawstring or ties. Must not be overly baggy or tight. Must not be see through. Mid-thigh minimum length, max length bottom of knee. Solid colors only: green, black, gray, and navy.
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 will 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.