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Little Elm ISD

Equip. Engage. Empower.


The dress and grooming standards of the Lakeside Middle School dress code are meant to promote a positive, professional learning environment where the focus is on instruction and not on clothing. Clothing, hairstyles, and accessories should not be disruptive, immodest or compromise student safety.


Students shall come to school looking clean, neat and ready to learn. The District prohibits pictures, emblems or writings on materials or clothing that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, immodest or promote or refer to alcoholic beverages, drugs or any other substance prohibited under policy FNCF (legal).

The District also prohibits any clothing or grooming that in the administrator’s judgment may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of or interference with normal operations. Clothing or other personal items depicting or promoting acts of violence, guns, weapons, death, dismemberment, disfigurement, gang activity or affiliation or other offensive items or wording are specifically prohibited.


The following statements serve as guidelines so that there is no question of what is acceptable.

  • “Sagging pants” are not allowed. Jeans, slacks, shorts and all other pants must be worn at or about the waist at all times. Even if a shirt is extremely long, the pants must be worn at the waist. Undergarments should not be visible at any time.

  • Inappropriate exercise clothing will not be allowed without an appropriate covering garment (example: yoga pants, leggings and tights.)

  • Pants and other articles of clothing that are torn, ragged, frayed or pants with holes are not permitted.

  • Sunglasses, caps, hats, bandanas and other headwear are not to be worn in the building.

  • Hairstyles or unnatural hair colors that, in the judgment of the school administrator, cause a disruption of the educational environment are not allowed.

  • Clothing should be worn for the purpose for which it was designed. No undergarments or pajamas are to be worn as outerwear.

  • Shoes must be worn; house shoes are not permitted. Tennis shoes must be worn in physical education classes and no shoes with wheels are allowed.

  • Earrings and a single, small, non-distracting nose piercing are permissible. Any piercing that hangs out of the nose will not be permitted. All other visible body-piercings are not prohibited. “Gauges” or very large holes in the ear are not permitted.  Students must cover such piercing in a manner acceptable to the campus administration.   

  • Reasonable standards of modesty must be met.

  • Any tattoos must be covered and not visible while students are on school grounds.

  • Chains of any kind are not permitted.


  • Shirts with sleeves must be worn at all times.

  • Shorts must extend to or below the students’ fingertips when their arms are held to their sides.


  • Sleeveless tops with a minimum width of two-inch wide straps are acceptable. The shirt straps must be wide enough to cover undergarments.

  • See-through, bare midriff, halter type, shoulder-baring or spaghetti strap blouses or any revealing or low cut clothing is not permitted. Shirt hems should extend below the waist of pants/shorts/skirts whether in a sitting or standing position.

  • Dresses, skirts and shorts must extend to or below the student’s fingertips when their arms are held to their sides, regardless of any or all clothing that may be worn underneath the dress, skirt or shorts.

  • Tights, leggings, jeggings, yoga pants, and other form-fitting pants must be worn with shirts, skirts, or shorts that extend to fingertip length.


The length of students’ hair is not regulated; however, hair may not be worn in a fashion that obstructs a clear view of the face.  Hair may not be in a fashion or color that is considered by the administration to be distracting.  Etchings in hair and/or eyebrows are not permitted. Hair should always be of a natural color, with no striping, streaking, or extreme coloring.  No distracting hair or eyebrow designs or styles are allowed.

Students in violation of the student dress and grooming code will be expected to change to appropriate attire (provided by the school) when violations are brought to their attention. Students will not be allowed to leave campus for the purpose of changing clothes or call their parents for to bring a change of clothes. Student refusal to comply with this policy will be deemed insubordination and the student will be disciplined accordingly.

Students who persistently violate the dress code may be held to a higher dress standard. Students are expected to be in compliance with the dress code at any school-related event or activity; school officials have the authority to ask them to leave if they are inappropriately dressed.


Note: The principal, in connection with the sponsor, coach or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity, may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity and may impose higher standards.


Since the dress code cannot list every eventuality, the campus administration is the final authority on determination of appropriateness.

The principal, in connection with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extra-curricular activity, may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in that activity.  Students who violate these standards may be removed or excluded from the activity for a period determined by the principal and/or sponsor and/or may be subject to other disciplinary action. Once a dress code violation has been addressed, repeated violations of a similar nature will be interpreted as insubordination and may result in more serious disciplinary action.  Appropriate discipline procedures shall be followed in all cases.  

The principal may temporarily amend or suspend any or all of the dress code for specific occasions or events.
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