Middle School Dress Code

Every student has intrinsic worth based upon who he or she is and not what he or she wears. Horizon Honors wants to create an environment in which each student can develop those innate qualities, focus on learning, and contribute in a positive way to the community. Cultural pressures related to clothing choice can distract students and undermine that positive environment. The adopted dress code encourages self-discipline, safety, modesty, and will still allow students to be creative in exercising choice. Dress code applies while on school grounds and at all school events on or off campus (including field trips) unless otherwise directed by administration. 

All Clothing and Accessories will: 
be clean and neat, free of tears, or fraying (even when manufactured as such) 
be the appropriate size (not skin tight or too large) 
be modest, appropriately covering the chest, under arm, abdomen, upper leg, back, and buttocks. (Student should self-check at home by sitting, bending, and standing upright.) 
be able to cover all undergarments and not be see-through 
be free of the display of drugs, alcohol, tobacco or look alikes; sexual, violent or gang-related representations; political, anti-social or social protest messages/actions; and any disrespectful, derogatory, profane, vulgar, and/or bigotry displayed toward any group or person 
be of a nature that would not interfere with the educational process or present a health or safety hazard 
include wearing the school ID visibly around the neck, using the appropriate school year/grade level lanyard 

T-shirts, Shirts, and Blouses will: 
follow all the clothing parameters 
be buttoned, zipped, fastened or solid to within 4” of the base of the neck 
have shoulders covered with at least 2” wide straps on both shoulders 
be worn with outerwear (like a shrug, sweater, or jacket) if straps are smaller than two inches (muscle tees, halter tops, single shouldered, or strapless garments are never in dress code, even if covered) 

Skirts/Shorts/Pants/Overalls will: 

follow all the clothing parameters 
be pulled up and snug above the hips (except overalls) and no longer than above the sole of the shoe 
include skirts that will be no shorter than the fingertips when the hand is extended at the side 
include shorts that have a minimum of a 4” inseam 
include tights and leggings only if worn under shorts, dresses, or skirts (tights or leggings with a top shorter than dress length is not in dress code) 
not be athletic shorts, athletic pants, sweatpants, or pajamas (no lycra, spandex, or yoga style athletic wear)

Dresses, Jumpers, and Rompers will: 
follow all the clothing parameters 
be buttoned, zipped, fastened or solid to within 4” of the base of the neck 
have shoulders covered with at least 2” straps 
be worn with outerwear (like a shrug, sweater, or jacket) if straps are smaller than 2” (muscle tees, halter tops, single shouldered, or strapless garments are never in dress code, even if covered) 
be no shorter than the fingertips when the hand is extended at the side 

Sweaters/Sweatshirts/Jackets/Coats/Hoodies will: 
follow all the clothing parameters 
not be blankets or snuggies 

Jewelry/Piercings will: 
be kept to a minimum and limited to the ears with a maximum size of 6 mm (2 gauge)

Body Art/Tattoos will: 
not be allowed 

Makeup will: 
be kept to a minimum reflecting natural skin colors 

Hair will: 

be neat and clean 
be natural hair colors (no part of the hair will be pink, purple, green, etc.) 
be worn in hairstyles not disruptive to the learning environment 

Footwear will: 

be worn at all times (no slippers) 
not include shoes/sandals/flip flops with open backs 
not have heels higher than 2” tall 

Headwear and Sunglasses will: 
be worn outside and not in the classroom/buildings (including but not limited to ball caps, berets, beanies, bandanas, kerchiefs, and hoods) 

Physical Education Clothing: 
not conflict with any of the above guidelines except as noted 
must be clothes changed into and worn only during physical education class 
must include athletic shorts/pants or sweatpants and a short or long sleeved t-shirt (no lycra, spandex or yoga style athletic wear) 
footwear must be appropriate tennis shoes with non-marking rubber soles, fastened tightly at all times 
no jewelry allowed due to safety issues