Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School

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Uniform and Safety Dress Code

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Holmes Middle School aims to provide students with a quality education in a safe, wholesome environment.  School is a place where the “business of learning” is of the utmost value.  The function of this dress code is to focus the energies of all who work here – faculty, staff, and students – on our primary purpose, education.  The education code provides that schools may implement a dress code to ensure that the environment is safe and free of disruptions. Holmes reserves the right, if necessary, to make adjustments to the dress code, including but not limited to, any and all items which become associated or affiliated with any group not sponsored or approved of by the school and/or affects the safety and/or security of the campus. Holmes Middle School is a school of Choice and all students shall agree to abide by the uniform policy or dress code set by the Magnet program selected and hereby waives any right to opt out. 
  • Jackets/coats/sweaters/sweatshirts are encouraged to be a solid white, solid navy blue, solid tan or solid gray color. Large logos or any insignia which are offensive, demeaning or represent drugs/alcohol association are not allowed. Professional team logos may not be displayed on clothing. Sweatshirts are considered outerwear and an appropriate dress code shirt must be worn underneath.
  • 8th grade shirts and sweatshirts are permitted for 8th graders only.
Shirts:    (black is not permitted) 
  • All shirts must have a collar and sleeves and must be solid colors only: white, navy blue, and tan.
  • Logos on shirts should be no bigger than a fist.
  • Shirts must not be revealing, oversized or expose the midsection (stomach). 
  • Turtlenecks (white, navy blue, or tan) are permitted.
  • Undergarments, (T-shirts) are to be in uniform colors (white, navy blue, tan) and must not be visible through the polo, except for the collar.
Pants:     (black is not permitted)
  • All pants must be solid colors only: white, navy blue, and tan.
  • Blue Jeans (denim), capri pants, and corduroy are allowed – Leggings are only allowed if worn under appropriate length shorts or skirts and must be white, navy blue, or tan
  • No oversized pants are permitted. Pants must be able to remain above waist if the belt is removed.
  • Pant legs must be hemmed at least 1 inch above the ground, and may not have splits, holes,
  • or tears.
  • Shorts, including P.E. shorts, may not be worn under pants.
  • “Active wear”, joggers and sweatpants are not permitted to be worn during the school day.
  • Sweatpants may only be worn during P.E.
Shorts, Skirts, Skorts, Dresses: (black is not permitted)
  • All shorts, skirts, skorts and dresses must be solid colors only: white, navy blue, and tan (no logos, no patterns, no stripes).
  • All skirts, shorts, skorts and dresses may not be shorter than two inches above the knee.
Shoes and Socks:
  • Safe foot covering is required. Students may not wear steel-toed shoes or high heels.
  • All shoes must be enclosed (no open-toed or bare-heel shoes).
  • Solid colors are encouraged: white, navy blue, tan colored are preferred.  Logos or any insignia which are offensive or demeaning or depict profanity, violence, drugs, alcohol, vandalism, weapons, tobacco, sexual overtones, promotes gang/criminal activity are not permitted.
  • Only Holmes School baseball caps and beanies may be worn. Bandanas of any kind may not be worn.
  • A bucket hat is acceptable. The brim must be worn down and it must be a solid color: white, navy blue, and tan
  • Hats, “hoodies” and beanies may not be worn indoors.
Jewelry/Other Items:
  • All jewelry must be worn with modesty and, most of all, safety in mind. Hoop earrings that dangle beyond the ear lobe are considered a safety hazard and should not be worn to school.
  • Spiked gages are not permitted and message bracelets/necklaces must not be offensive or demeaning.
  • Chains, lanyards or any other type of jewelry items that hang from the neck represent a choking hazard and must be worn under clothing.
  • Gloves may be used outdoors during cold weather; however, no gloves are allowed to be worn during P.E.
  • Sunglasses are not permitted unless they are prescription eyewear.
  • Belts cannot be oversized or hang down from belt loops. Belt buckles with initials or insignias are not permitted as well as no “shoelace” belts are permitted.
  • Clothing or accessory that depicts profanity, violence, drugs, alcohol, vandalism, weapons, tobacco, sexual overtones, promotes gang/criminal activity or is offensive to any gender, race, religion, ethnicity or nationality is not permitted. 
Consequences for Dress Code Violations
Appropriate progressive consequences or disciplinary action will be issued to the students who do not adhere to the Dress Code.  The following is a list of those consequences:
  • 1st offense – warning by advisory teacher
  • 2nd offense – student will be sent to the Dean’s office and parents will be notified
  • 3rd offense – detention for nutrition/lunch with campus beautification
  • 4th offense – detention after school/ parent conference
  • 5th offense & over – Saturday school detention/parent conference
Egregious violations of dress code will result in a call home to parents and a request that a change of clothes be brought to the school.  If parents are unavailable, student will be asked to change into their physical education uniform. Continuous violation of the dress code could affect student participation in special activities (i.e. Culmination, dances, non-instructional field trips, etc.). 
On sanctioned non-uniform dress days, students MAY NOT WEAR any of the following items:
  • Backless, halters or tube tops                                                      
  • Sagging/over-sized pants or shorts                    
  • Clothing that exposes the midriff (stomach) or torso               
  • Sheer/mesh fabric (anything see through)
  • Clothing with drug related or sexual images, inappropriate images or language          
  • Shirts or tops that expose cleavage                                                                                 
  • Spaghetti strap shirts/blouses
  • Gang related apparel                                                                    
  • Tank tops, muscle shirts (sleeveless)
  • Hats of any kind (no sports teams) 
  • Torn jeans (any style)
  • Low cut V-neck shirt or opened buttoned
  • Open toed shoe/exposed heels or high heels
*Failure to follow the non-uniform policy or dress code policy will result in disciplinary actions.