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PISD Dress Code and Grooming Information

The district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, instill discipline, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards, and teach respect for authority.

Pleasanton ISD takes pride in the appearance of its students. Students and parents may determine a student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the guidelines below. Any form of dress that attracts undue attention, is unsafe, disrupts school, is considered gang related or detracts from the learning process is not acceptable. School administrators, with the input and support of faculty members, have the final decision in determining and enforcing student dress and grooming standards at school and at all school related activities. Parents are expected to be knowledgeable and supportive of the dress and grooming guidelines.

Student ID’s:

Students are required to wear their ID badges visibly at all times while they are on campus during the school day. Although they may be required for admissions to school events, students are not required to wear but must carry their ID badges at school events. ID badges may not be defaced, front or back, for any reason. Students should treat an ID badge like any official document. ID badges that are defaced may be confiscated and the student will be required to purchase a new badge prior to the start of school on the next school day. Replacements for lost or confiscated ID badges can be purchased in the Library at specified times.


Clothing shall be sized to fit the student. Students are expected to come to school looking clean, neat, and modest in appearance. All students are required to wear undergarments that cannot be seen through the outer clothing. Physical development of the student should be a consideration in determining the appropriate time for certain undergarments.


  • Boys’ and girls’ pants will be worn fitted at the waist and crotch and pants legs should not drag the ground.
  • Oversized sagging and/or baggy pants will not be allowed. “Bagginess” will be determined by the campus administration.
  • Shreds or holes on any clothing are not allowed.
  • Excessively tight pants including, but not limited to leggings and yoga pants are prohibited.

Skirts/ Shorts/ Dresses:

  • Skirts, dresses, skorts, and split skirts will be permitted provided that they are no shorter than 2 ½” (narrowest part of a dollar bill) above the kneecap, front and back.
  • Shorts are allowed for both girls and boys providing they are appropriately fitted, no shorter than mid-thigh when standing. Bicycle shorts, form fitting and skintight shorts or pants of spandex or similar materials worn alone are prohibited.

Shirts/ Tops:

  • Tank tops, halter tops, exposed-midriff blouses, muscle shirts, blouses/dresses with spaghetti straps, strapless and/or low cut tops, exposed backs, see-through clothing, and tanks with oversized armholes are not permitted.
  • Undershirts cannot be worn alone.
  • A single shirt cannot be less than two inches wide on the shoulder strap. Necklines on blouses may not be lower than an individual’s underarm.
  • No shirts, jackets, or coats longer than mid-thigh length will be allowed.
  • Male students must wear shirts with sleeves. (Elementary, JH and HS only)


  • Appropriate footwear should be worn at all times. Because of daily PE, tennis shoes are encouraged at the Primary and Elementary campuses.
  • House shoes/slippers, cleats, steel-toed shoes, and roller/wheeled shoes are not permitted.


  • No student (boy or girl) may wear hoods (hoodies), hats, caps, visors or any other headgear including sunglasses in the buildings on campus at any time unless specific permission is granted by campus administration.

Strictly Prohibited Clothing/ Accessories:

  • Clothing or accessories that depict pictures, emblems, or writings that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene.
  • Clothing or accessories which advertises, depicts, or promotes tobacco, alcoholic beverages, drugs, illegal substances, and/or gang related signs, symbols, or activities.
  • Inappropriate gang-related apparel shall include but not be limited to baggy pants, insignia clothing, colors identified by local law enforcement agencies, visible rosaries, bandanas, baseball caps worn in a particular manner, and/or shoelaces of specific colors.

Accessories/ Tattoos:

  • Boys may not wear earrings on school grounds or at any school-sponsored activity.
  • No student may wear facial jewelry, including tongue rings, on school grounds or at any school-sponsored activity. Gauges are prohibited.
  • Tattoos will be covered at all times. (The school will not provide bandages or any other coverings. It is the responsibility of the students to have their tattoos covered before arriving on campus.)


  • Boys’ hair must not touch the eyebrows in front, shall not extend beyond the middle of the ear, and shall not touch the regular shirt collar in the back. Hair may not be pulled back into a ponytail, bun, headband or any other way to comply with the rules.
  • Male students must be clean-shaven with no visible facial hair and side-burns must not come below the bottom of the ears.
  • Hair that is dyed an unnatural color, such as bright red, blue, pink, green, orange or a similar color is not permitted.
  • Students may not cut designs or patterns in their hair or eye brows.
  • Hair volume may not exceed 1 ½ inches away from the head.

The examples and guidelines listed above may not cover every possible instance of appropriate or inappropriate grooming or appearance. The interpretative authority as to what dress or grooming is inappropriate, disruptive, a hindrance to best learning situations, or a detriment to best discipline shall be vested in the campus or district administration at PISD.

If the PISD administration 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 may 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.