There are two fundamental reasons for a school
dress code: 1) to ensure the health and safety of everyone on
campus; and 2) to avoid any unacceptable disruptions to the
learning environment. A secondary, and not altogether unimportant,
reason for a dress code is to encourage students in appropriate
dress habits (for that world of work “out there”). To some
extent, any dress code involves a degree of subjectivity
concerning what is and is not acceptable, and what may or may not
be disruptive. Again, the primary reason for Lamar’s dress code
is to foster an atmosphere conducive to learning for all our
students. Therefore, items representing extreme or outrageous
fads, provocative dress, or overly casual clothing, to cite some
examples, cannot be permitted.
Also, Lamar will not tolerate gang-related
behavior and/or the wearing of gang-identified articles of
clothing and/or other gang symbols. Any articles of clothing,
symbols, or emblems thought to signify gang membership will be
The Lamar faculty and administration will
enforce the Lamar dress code in a uniform manner. They also will
determine the appropriateness of attire for school occasions and
activities. All students have the responsibility to wear clothing
that contributes both to their own health and safety as well as
that of others. The student dress code applies to students on
campus, whether during the school day or after hours, including
those serving detention or Saturday School.
Please note: Violations of the Lamar
dress code will result in disciplinary action.
Students who disagree with particular
requirements of the Lamar dress code are encouraged to work within
the system to request changes. Use your representatives on the
Senate and on student council to express your opinions. Of course,
there are many interests for the school to consider in deciding
policy, but please know that student concerns are given serious
consideration whenever policy is developed. As a general rule,
however, the Lamar dress code will not be revised more frequently
than once a year. Also, courts at both the state and federal
levels have recognized the rights of school officials to regulate
standards of student dress and grooming.
hats, caps, sweat bands (except when approved for PE and dance
classes), and head coverings of any kind are not to be worn
indoors. These items will be confiscated permanently. Any
exceptions to this policy due to religious or medical
requirements must be approved by the Lamar administration in
rollers, metal rakes, and combs are not to be worn.
should be clean and well kept.
some laboratory settings, teachers may require that long or
free-flowing hair be covered or restrained.
styles and artificial coloring should not detract from the
educational process and are subject to disciplinary action.
(No spiked hair or unnatural hair colors.)
are required to wear standard, conventional school clothes —
dresses, shirts, blouses, slacks, and/or jeans. Clothing
should be clean and in generally good repair. Also, one’s
clothing must fit; i.e., articles of clothing may neither be
too tight or suggestive, nor excessively baggy or loosely
fitting. A decent coverage of the body is required. Clothing
that makes it difficult or awkward for one to move freely,
sit, bend, or reach is not acceptable.
may not wear shorts, overall shorts, pajama pants, fleece-type pants and tops, medical attire (including surgical scrubs), loungewear or any variation thereof
during the school day.
shirts, tank tops, halter tops, tube tops, net or sheer tops,
spandex tops, and bare midriffs are prohibited.
and blouses must be buttoned to a level even with one’s
armpits and shirts and blouses must cover ones midriff and
and blouses may not be backless or off the shoulder, and they
must have straps that are at least one inch wide. Students
must maintain a modest appearance appropriate to the school
tights or leggings may only be worn under other garments (such
as skirts or long, straight-hemmed blouses) that extend at
least below one’s fingertips plus one inch when one is
standing completely erect.
of all types must be worn with the waistband above one’s
and dresses must meet the following length requirements: 1)
they must extend at least below one’s fingertips plus one
inch when one is standing completely erect; and 2) they must
be sufficient in length to maintain modesty when standing,
sitting, or bending. Students should keep these requirements
in mind as they shop for or select school clothes.
for PE and athletics classes may only be worn in the area (s)
where those classes are taking place (i.e., the gym or
with tattoos and hennas must en-sure that the tattoos are
covered and not visible.
coats and clothing depicting or making reference to drugs,
alcohol, tobacco, vulgar or obscene language, sexual
promiscuity, the occult, death, violence, or gang-related
activities may not be worn.
or irreplaceable jewelry should not be worn to school.
some laboratory settings, teachers may prohibit the wearing of
dangling or protruding articles or accessories.
jewelry may be worn in the ear only. (Nose rings, eye rings,
tongue rings, navel rings, and other forms of body piercing
are not allowed).
depicting or making reference to drugs, alcohol, tobacco,
vulgar or obscene language, sexual promiscuity, the occult,
death, violence or gang-related activities may not be worn.
items such as spiked dog collar, spiked bracelets, linked
chains (for wallets or necklaces) are prohibited.
must wear shoes at all times.
to safety considerations, teachers may require non-skid,
closed shoes in some labs during experiments or project work.
Backpacks are prohibited on campus during class
time (from 8:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.). Students may use backpacks to
transport their materials to and from school, but they must store
the backpacks in their lockers during the school day.
Skateboards, skates, and roller blades are
According to state law and/or HISD board policy,
audio and electronic equipment such as lasers, radios, tape or CD
players, TVs, games, and similar electronic devices are prohibited
on campus during school hours. Cell phones and pagers are allowed
on campus but may not be used during the school’s instructional
hours Such items, if found in a student’s possession, will be
confiscated and turned in to the HISD Property Management
Department. Some items may not necessarily be re-turned to
students. HISD policy requires a fee for the return of these
items. Texas Education Code 37.082 requires a $15.00 retrieval fee
for these items.
Policy on Uniform Shorts
Students are allowed to wear uniform
khaki-colored shorts only. No other form, fashion, or color of
shorts will be allowed at any time or for any reason. No
modifications may be made to the original design and no variation
of shorts is accepted (no cargo shorts). All shorts must fit
appropriately. Tight or baggy shorts will not be allowed.
Violators will be subject to normal school discipline. Shorts
or flat front
WALKING short – appropriate length
Only the following brands and styles are
approved. No other type or brand will meet code specifications.
Stores-Official School Wear brand by French Toast.
Penny-Original Arizona Jean Company Khaki’s and/or St.
John’s Bay cotton chino khaki shorts.
grand (men only) 17” khaki front pleat.
Sport brand (women only) 17” khaki pleated.
Policy of Uniform Capri Pants
Students are allowed to wear uniform
khaki-colored calf length and/or longer capri/crop pants only. No
other form, fashion, or color of capri/crop pants will be allowed
at any time or for an reason. No modifications may be made to the
original design and no variation of capri/crop pants is accepted
(such as cargo). All capri/crop pants must fit loosely to allow
free flowing movement. Violators will be subject to normal school
length or longer
fitting to allow for free flowing movement
the following brands and styles re approved. No other type or
brand will meet code specifications.
Macy’s, Dillard’s, Penny’s Dockers, Nautica, and
Hillfiger. Periscope and Rafaella (Foley’s only)