Dress Code

MCS Dress and Grooming (AR 5135)

The Modesto City Schools dress code sets standards that promote a positive and safe learning environment for students. Annual notice of this regulation shall be provided to students, parents and staff. Each Site Safety Committee shall regularly review these standards. Appropriate dress for school dances, graduation activities and other special events will be communicated to parents and students by the school.

The following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:


1. Students shall dress appropriately for educational activities in which they will participate so as not to endanger their health, safety, or welfare, or that of others, or cause a disruption to the educational process. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments when sitting or standing. The following articles of clothing are not permitted:

  • Shorts, skirts, pants, and tops that fail to conceal undergarments, back, abdomen, and cleavage.

  • Back-less or strap-less tops

  • Low-cut tops and dresses

  • Bare-midriff tops

  • Chains of any sort, wallet or utility-type chains

  • See-through or fishnet fabrics that fail to conceal undergarments

2. All attire must fit appropriately and must not be too small or too large. Skirts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited.

3. Shoes shall be worn at all times. Steel-toed boots and bedroom slippers are prohibited.

4. Athletic/club spirit clothing and gear must have administrative approval and follow dress code standards before printing. Double meanings which violate dress code will be prohibited.

5. Clothing, accessories, and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures, symbols or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane, obscene, libelous, slanderous, or sexually suggestive. Clothing, accessories, or jewelry that degrade any cultural, religious or ethnic values, that advocate racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice or discrimination, or that promote sex, the use of tobacco, drugs, alcohol or violence or any unlawful acts (including gang activity) are prohibited.

6. Dark glasses shall not be worn indoors, except for valid medical reasons authorized by the administration and verified in writing by a physician.

7. Gang-related clothing or accessories, including but not limited to bandannas, or other symbols, emblems, or insignia are prohibited. Gang-related web belts with or without punched out metal buckles are prohibited. School officials shall consider student history and information obtained from community agencies and resources when making these judgments. Dangerous clothing accessories are prohibited (i.e., spiked jewelry, studded collars, studded belts).

8. School Administrators have the right to restrict the color of clothing worn by any student involved in a documented gang offense.

9. Repeated violation of the District or school dress code(s) shall be considered a violation of Education Code section 48900 (k): Disruption of school activities and/or willful defiance of valid school personnel authority. Appropriate consequences shall be specified and implemented according to the K-6 and 7-12 discipline policies. Final determination of what constitutes appropriate dress shall be made by the principal/ designee.

10. Head Covering

  • K-12 Hats, caps and other head coverings are prohibited during regular school hours except as specifically authorized by a school official for such school activities as athletics and theatrical performances or other approved personal reasons such as health needs. Hooded sweatshirts when used to conceal identity are not permitted.

    • K-6--During inclement weather, K-6 students may wear protective head coverings outdoors, other than bill caps such as: sweatshirt/jacket hoods, knit caps, scarves, earmuffs, etc.

    • 7-12--During inclement weather, 7-12 students may wear school-specific knit caps outdoors.

Note: According to Education Code 35183.5, sun-protective hats may be worn for health needs. The following specifications are recommended by the American Cancer Society:

"The hat must include a 2-3 inch all around brim to protect areas often exposed to the sun, such as the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp."