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Student Dress Code

The final school-level decisions as to the suitability of dress and grooming shall rest with the administration.

Appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a positive atmosphere and promote student safety. Thunderbirds are expected to dress for success each day. Mitchell Senior staff, in accordance with California Education Code, Section 48907, and with the best interest of our students, school, school-sponsored activities, and community in mind, adopts the following middle school dress code. We appreciate your support and adherence to these guidelines. 

Clothing, jewelry, and accessories: 

  • Pants/shorts will be worn at the waist level without the need to use a belt. All belts must be worn through the loops.
  • All clothing must be worn as to not expose undergarments or midriffs standing or sitting.
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses must be at least “finger-tip length” to be worn at school.
  • Holes in pants may be no higher than the top of the knee. Shorts and shirts with holes in them will not be allowed. 
  • Backless, strapless, low-cut necklines or armholes, bare midriff tops, spaghetti straps, crop tops, and tube tops are considered inappropriate for school and shall not be worn. Straps must be at least one inch wide, and only one strap may be visible.
  • Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. Steel-toed shoes, cleats, or shoes with wheels shall not be worn at school. Students must have appropriate footwear for PE. 
  • Pajama tops, bottoms, and/or slippers will not be allowed.
  • Clothing, accessories, or jewelry with inappropriate language, pictures, inferences, or symbols which tend to mock, ridicules, provoke, demean, or display words or pictures associated with alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, gangs, sex, drugs, or items associated with alcohol, tobacco, sex or drugs shall not be worn or carried at school. 
  • Sunglasses may be worn on campus; however, they must be removed when indoors.
  • Accessories that may cause injury such as, but not limited to, spiked jewelry, studded collars, safety pins, chains or long belts will not be allowed.
  • Headphones and/or earbuds may not be worn unless using for academic purposes in class, with the teacher's approval.
  • Hairspray/gel, make-up, and cologne/perfume may not be brought to school. Only non-aerosol deodorant may be kept in the PE lockers. 
  • No face paint may be worn unless allowed during dress up days.


  • Bandanas may be worn on school dress up days; however, students wearing solid red or blue bandanas during dress up days may be asked to remove the item by any staff member.
  • Only plain black or Mitchell Senior purchased hats/caps are allowed on campus. Hats may not be altered in any way. They must be worn in a forward position and taken off when indoors. 
  • No headgear is to be worn in class, including hoods.
  • No garments or headwear that conceals identity are permitted. 
  • School officials may approve the wearing of headwear for special reasons such as athletics, religious practices, theatrical performances, student rallies and activity weeks or health needs.
  • Classroom disruptions resulting from dress code violations will not be tolerated per CA Ed Code 48900 (k).

*The​ ​final​ ​determination​ ​of​ ​what constitutes​ ​appropriate​ ​dress​ ​shall​ ​be​ ​made​ ​by the​ ​school​ ​administration.​ ​All​ ​borderline​ ​cases will​ ​be​ ​considered​ ​a​ ​violation.

Gang-Related Guidelines

*New trends in gang attire are subject to administrative review with law enforcement consultation.*

PE Dress Code

All students must wear designated PE clothes and change for PE every school day. Approved PE clothing is available for purchase through the Physical Education Department or a plain gray shirt and black shorts that are similar to the designated PE clothes assigned by the school may be purchased through local vendors. The student’s name will be written in permanent marker on the outside of the PE clothing. Students will be assigned a loaner combination lock at no charge and are expected to return the lock at the end of the year. Personal property must be kept in properly locked lockers assigned to them to prevent thefts. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Dress cuts are assigned when a student does not change into PE clothes or wears school clothes under PE clothes. 

  • 1st Offense - Alternative class assignment - if not completed then assigned a zero (0). 
  • 2nd Offense - Teacher assigned detention and parent contact.
  • 3rd Offense - Parent teacher conference.
  • 4th Offense - Class suspension and parent contact by teacher.
  • 5th Offense (and remaining offenses) - Referral to administration for defiance.
Updated 8-7-2019