Dress Code

Amarillo ISDs dress code is established to contribute to a safe and distraction-free professional learning environment and to teach grooming and hygiene.

Student dress and grooming is primarily the responsibility of students and their parents; however, the school’s responsibility is to maintain a proper atmosphere for learning at school. Personal appearance is an important factor in developing and maintaining such an atmosphere.

Regular Dress Code

The following information is taken from Board Policy FNCA(LOCAL) (opens in a new window) Student Conduct Dress Code:

The principal of each school has the authority to make final decisions on questions of dress and grooming. Any student not adhering to the guidelines presented below shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. (See Board policies FO Policy Link (opens in a new window), FOA Policy Link (opens in a new window), FOD Policy Link (opens in a new window).

If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or dress violates this policy, the student shall be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the student shall be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day or until the problem is corrected.

Repeated dress code offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action.


Beginning in the third grade, guidelines are as follows:

1.   Hair is to be neat, clean and well-groomed, and styled so that vision will not be obstructed.  Beards and mustaches must be kept clean and neatly trimmed.

2.   School clothing is to be in good taste, clean, neat, and styled for school activities.

3.   Clothing may not advertise, condone, depict or promote the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, suicide, death, violence, and/or vulgar or obscene language.

4.   Some type of sandal or shoe must be worn at all times.

5.   Wearing either identified gang apparel or wearing clothing in a gang-style as identified by law enforcement agencies is prohibited.

6.   Dresses, skirts, shorts, and pants shall be of a length that is not distracting. These items, when worn as the outer garment, shall extend at least to the tip of the fingers when the arms are held straight at the side. The top of any slits and/or holes in outer garments shall comply with the required dress code length. Waistbands of all dresses, skirts, shorts, and pants shall be secured at the waistline.

7.   All shirts shall be of a length that is not distracting. All shirts when worn as the outer garment shall be:

a.  Of a length that will stay tucked in while walking or sitting.
b.  Of a length that covers the shoulder from the base of the neck to the tip of the shoulder. 
c.  Designed so that the neckline does not reveal cleavage.
d.  Designed to cover all undergarments, including the sleeve line and neckline.

8.   Experience indicates that the following types of wearing apparel can be reasonably forecast to disrupt, interfere with, disturb, or detract from the learning environment and are therefore not to be worn to school:


Items of clothing that shall not be worn to school include: 


      Gang-associated clothing or colors

      Overly tight and improperly fitting garments

      Clothing items that reference violence, death or suicide

      Clothing items that reference alcohol, tobacco or drugs

      Clothing items that can be seen through

      Headwear worn inside buildings, except for religious reasons


      Visible underwear (straps, etc.)

      Lingerie (worn as outerwear)

      Baggy/sagging clothing

      Biker shorts

      Distracting or overly tight garments

      Underwear-type garments

      Garments that do not extend at least to the fingertips

      Garments that are not secured at the waist line

      Backless tops

      Shirts and tops that expose bare midriffs

      Halter tops or strapless tops

      Low-cut necklines

      Muscle shirts or tank tops

      Tops with spaghetti straps

Principals, in cooperation with coaches and sponsors, may adopt additional guidelines as they deem appropriate for students who participate in extracurricular activities.

Principals may approve limited exceptions to the dress code for certain campus-initiated events or special days such as Spirit Day, Hat Day, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day, etc


Standardized Dress

The following information is from AISDs policy on standardized dress [Board Policy FNCA(LOCAL) (opens in a new window)]. Standardized dress is not as restrictive as a uniform, but students are required to wear clothing that adheres to certain guidelines established by a campus committee.

Schools that currently have a standardized dress code include

Emerson Elementary

Glenwood Elementary

Tradewind Elementary

***In addition, Carver Early Childhood Academy and Woodlands Elementary asks that students wear tennis shoes to school every day.

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