The dress code at Southwestern Middle School is based on enhancing the learning process and promoting Trojan Pride with minimal distractions throughout the school day and at school functions.  Please be aware that what may be currently fashionable may not be appropriate to wear in school.  The middle school takes great pride in the appearance of all students, therefore student appearance reflects on the quality of our school.  
    All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions.  Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance.  Teachers and all other district personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting.  A students dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up and nails shall be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process and shall comply with the following guidelines.  
    1. As a matter of common courtesy and respect, hats(or any head apparel including hoods) are not to be worn during school hours while inside, except for medical or religious reasons, and are to kept in student' lockers.  State Law 2801(2) (a).  Hats must be kept in student lockers during the school day.
    2. For safety reasons chains are not permitted to be worn and/or carried by students.  This includes chains hanging from the neck or waistband.
    3. Clothing should not include items that are vulgar, obscene, slanderous, or degrade others on account of race, color religion creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.  
    4. Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.
    5. Bare feet are not permitted.  Shoes shall be worn by all students.  If any particular footwear is deemed unsafe, the student will be asked to change footwear.
    6. Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing.
    7. Shorts, dresses, and skirts should extend beyond the fingertips with arms at your side.  We realized that current fashion trends may not support this regulation, however during school hours and functions students must adhere to this to support our learning environment.
    8. Excessively tight fitting clothes are not acceptable.  This includes Spandex and bicycle shorts.  Leggings will be permitted if they are covered by a shirt, dress, or skirt that extends beyond the fingertips with arms at your side.  Yoga pants are acceptable if they are of thicker material, flare at the bottom, and are covered with a loose fitting shirt that extends beyond your waistline.
    9. Recognize that extremely brief garments such as, but not limited to:  tank tops, cut-off t-shirts, tube tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front and/or back and see-though garments are not appropriate.  Sleeveless tops/blouses that provide appropriate coverage are acceptable.  however, any sleeveless top-blouse must be four fingertips in width.
    10. Backpack and or large bags (purses) must be kept in student's locker throughout the school day.  Backpacks are not permitted in classrooms, cafeteria, gym etc.
                Here is a list of the top ten dress code violations to avoid!! (See agenda for more details)
    • Spaghetti Straps, tube tops, cut-off t-shirts or halter-tops.
    • Shirts with inappropriate pictures, language or sayings on them.
    •  Hats/hoods are NOT to be worn in the building during the school day.
    • Extremely tight clothing.
    • Anything that allows underwear to be seen.
    • Shorts must be fingertip length.
    • Any combination of pants and shirt that allow skin to show around your stomach or back.
    • Plunging necklines (front or back), see through clothing.
    • Chains.
    • Short shorts/short skirts (even if you are wearing leggings).