Dress Code Policy

Dress code standards at Jefferson Middle School comply with the TUSD and are based on common sense and safety. Please be aware of what your child is wearing to school daily and that it complies with Dress Code Standards. Appropriate dress reminds students they are at school ready to learn and behave according to standards. Students are expected to look neat, clean, and use good judgment in all clothing. These standards allow for sun-protective clothing when students are outdoors during the school day. The articles for sun protective clothing include appropriate hats and sunglasses. Your support in maintaining these standards is appreciated.

Policy requires a student's clothing be safe for the student and for those around him/her. Student clothing will not be disruptive of school operations or other students, upon staff determination. Jefferson prohibits the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, note-book, & manner of grooming or other paraphernalia which, by virtue of its color arrangement, trademark or any other attribute, denotes gang membership and/or which advocates drug use, violence, discrimination, is provocative and/or disruptive behavior.

Jefferson Dress Code Standards

Clothing should be safe, comfortable, and adequately concealed all undergarments. The following guidelines shall apply to attendance at school and all school activities and events:

  1. Students shall give proper attention to personal cleanliness and neatness of dress.  Pajamas are not allowed at school.
  2. Shoes that are closed toe and closed back are to be worn at all times.  No slippers or house shoes or shoes with high heels (this includes wedges) are allowed.  Students must have proper shoes for PE (Crocs, Toms, Uggs and ballet flats are not proper shoes) and students will earn a non-dress for the day. 
  3. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through, sheer, see through lace, fishnet fabrics (clothing with large holes), halter tops, off the shoulder, low cut tops, bare midriffs, short skirts and shorts, and swimwear are prohibited.  See through shirts may be worn over a t-shirt that meets dress code
  4. Dress, grooming or accessories that are considered unsafe, dangerous, a health hazard or disruptive to the learning environment shall not be allowed.  Clothing and accessories may not have spikes or any other metal parts that may be a safety concern.  Chain wallets and bandanas are prohibited.
  5. Dress, hats, accessories and jewelry which contain obscene symbols, signs or slogans, and/or which slur or degrade on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, disability or sexual orientation and impose a threat of imminent violence or disruption to the orderly operation of the school shall not be worn.
  6. Dress, grooming or accessories that contain language or symbols supporting sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or gang association shall not be worn. 
  7. Baggy pants are not to be worn. Pants need to be properly fitted and/or worn with a belt.  We should not see under garments (i.e. boys – underwear/boxers; girls – bras, undershirts or underwear).
  8. No hats, hoods, or beanies may be worn indoors for both boys and girls. Hats are allowed on the yard for sun protection. Bill must be worn forward.  
  9. Sunglasses may not be worn indoors, unless prescribed by a doctor and the JMS Health Office has a copy of your doctor's orders. Sunglasses may be worn on the yard for sun usage. 
  10. Students’ faces must be fully visible at all times.  No extreme or inappropriate facial makeup, stickers, face or body tattos or masks are allowed.

Hair: Hair must be kept clean. Hair styles are not to be distract learning, as determined by the teacher or Administration (i.e. Unnatural hair: such as dye/colored mousse, mohawks, shaved designs, excessive spiking, etc.). 

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Dress Code Violation Consequences

When students are not compliant with Jefferson’s dress code the following steps will be implemented:

  • First Infraction: Student is counseled regarding attire. Student sent to the office to call home and request for a change of clothing or provided loaner clothing as determined by staff.
  • Second (+) Infraction: Administrative Conference with student. Student reminded of dress code policy. Student sent to the office to request a change of clothing or loaner clothing. Discipline may apply dependent on severity of infraction.
  • Third (+) Infraction: Behavior Referral issued indicating student’s 3rd Dress Code Violation. Parents contacted and following steps may be put into action:
  • Warning / Change of Clothes
  • Parent called and change of clothes
  • Consequence - i.e. Detention, Saturday School, Removal of school privileges such as assemblies or grade level activities) or  Community Service assigned
  • Suspension from school. Student can and may be served with out of school suspension for continued willful defiance per CA Education Code, Section 48900(k)