Student Dress Code

                       FORD DRESS CODE

Dress & Appearance – Ford Middle School is a place of work and learning.  We expect our students to be dressed for an academic atmosphere of purposeful learning and responsible citizenship.  Students are expected to dress modestly. Final decisions regarding dress code violations will be at the discretion of administration.  

  • Shorts and skirts are acceptable if their length is to the fingertips or longer when hands are at the student’s sides and the shorts or skirt sits at the student’s natural waist. Sweaters, cardigans, or long shirts are considered tops, not covers for the lower body. Rips, tears, or holes should not expose skin or underwear above fingertip.
  • Shirts are expected to cover up the entire shoulder area (neck to end of shoulder) and not show over exposure of armholes or chest area.  Shirts need to cover a student’s midriff and back when arms are raised above the student’s head or when the student is seated.
  • Undergarments should not to be exposed or seen. Should students wear see-through, sheer, mesh or lace garments, clothing beneath it must comply with the dress code.
  • Pants are to be worn on the hips and not below.  Sagging of pants is not permitted.   
  • Pajama bottoms and slippers are not appropriate attire for school and are therefore not permitted.
  • Students are not permitted to wear anything that is profane, lewd, or could cause disruption or interference with school operation.   
  • Clothing may not contain words or images that degrade on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation or pose a threat of imminent violence or disruption of school.
  • Dress and appearance must not present health or safety problems, or cause disruption.   Students may not wear attire that has gang affiliation such as: bandanas or bandana print clothes, handmade rosaries, colored shoelaces, cloth belts that hang down, or color blocking (one color head to toe).   
  • Writing on clothing and bodies will not be permitted.   
  • Students are not permitted to wear articles of clothing or jewelry that advertise alcohol, tobacco products, illegal drugs or promote violence. (Franklin Pierce Schools Policy No. 3224 and Procedure 3224P).   
  • Spikes, chains, grilles (for teeth) and studs are also not permitted on campus.  
  • Students are not allowed to wear hats with bills on campus. Hoods or knit hats are allowed outside on school grounds only in cold, wet weather.   
  • Students are not permitted to wear tight fitting, knit pants such as yoga pants, leggings or similar looking items.
  • Due to allergies, students are not permitted to use spray fragrances such as cologne, perfume, and/or body spray.

Progressive Discipline for Dress Code Violations

1st) Student changes clothes and calls home.
2nd) Student changes clothes, calls home, and takes home policy for parent signature.
3rd) Step Four, student changes clothes.
4th) Friday School.