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Dress Code

Updated: 7/2021

Commerce Middle School acknowledges that good grooming and personal attire positively affect student
achievement and conduct. Commerce Middle’s dress code is designed to reduce the likelihood of
distraction or disruption and to maintain an academic focus in the classroom and on campus. If in the
judgment of an administrator or a member of the staff a student is dressed inappropriately, the parent will be
called to bring the student appropriate clothing. If it is not possible for appropriate clothing to be provided,
students may be assigned in-school suspension. A record of dress code violations will be kept with
consequences assigned for repeat violations.

In cooperation with the school, please support the following guidelines:
  • Clothing should be fitted so that there is no midriff or underwear showing when standing, bending,
    seated, or moving.
  • All pants must be worn at the natural waistline. Sagging pants (worn below the waistline) will not
    be permitted
  • All clothing should be clean and in good repair. Holes, slashes or rips above the fingertips cannot
    show skin or undergarments.
The following items of clothing are not permitted:
  • Outer clothing which resembles pajamas, underwear, or scrubs.
  • No strapless shirts. Other straps must be wide enough so that no undergarment can be seen.
  • Midriff and low-cut tops
  • Sleeveless shirts for males
  • Miniskirts and shorts – Shorts and skirts must be of modest length and no rolled waistbands.
  • Hats, caps, bandannas, doo rags, skull caps, head wraps or any other kind of head covering, unless
    for religious purposes. Head bands up to two inches wide may be worn.
  • Hoods may not be worn inside the building.
  • Curlers, combs, picks, sunglasses and metal wallet chains
  • Bedroom shoes
  • Clothing/jewelry with profanity, vulgarities, or other offensive language, references to alcohol,
    tobacco, or drug use, gangs, weapons, or sexually suggestive items
  • Clothing/jewelry that could be used as a weapon
Administrative discretion applies to all of the above. Words such as extreme, inappropriate, distracting,
tight, baggy, offensive, revealing, etc., are subjective by nature. If any unusual situation relative to dress,
accessories, or grooming arises which is not specifically covered in this policy, the school administration
shall have the authority to rule on the appropriateness of the attire. Exceptions may apply to students
participating in student-related activities/functions and other activities approved by the school