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Keep dress code in mind when clothes shopping

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To help parents get a jump on the back to school surge, Sulphur Springs Independent School District this week issued a reminder regarding the student dress code — just in case there are any early shoppers out there hoping to take advantage of sales specials before the Aug. 27 start date.


School officials noted that while there have been no changes to the dress code, there are a few more frequently violated rules to keep in mind so students aren’t asked to change clothing after arriving at school  and, upon repeated violations subjected to disciplinary measures.

“We felt it important to get this message out to the public before they do their back to school shopping. The entire dress code can be found on the SSISD website at www.ssisd.net,” Rusty Harden, SSISD director of human resources and communications, said Wednesday morning.

When picking out shirts, parents and students should keep in mind that tanks, spaghetti straps, strapless, sleeveless and see-through tops are not permitted at SSISD — that goes for male and female students. The secondary dress code also notes that tall T-shirts and oversized jerseys are not allowed. No bare midriffs.

Also, while shorts are permitted, short shorts are not. Shorts should be no shorter than four inches from the top of the student’s knees. The rules for elementary students and shorts is a bit different — they may be worn in by kindergarten through fifth graders provided they reflect modesty, which is at the school administrator’s discretion. Pants and shorts shouldn’t sag, and pajamas are not allowed, according to the dress code. Bicycle shorts or tight fitting leggings cannot be worn as a principal garment, but can be part of a clothing ensemble that conforms to the dress code. Culottes and walking shorts should be from a full-cut design, not tight and immodest.

To that same end, dresses and skirts must be a length that is in keeping with the spirit of modesty and decency, too. They cannot be shorter than four inches from the top of the student’s knee cap. Dresses and other clothing can’t be bare-backed, have string straps, strapless, low-cut or see-through.

And, regardless of what article of clothing, they need to be in good condition. 




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