Dress Code

Dress Code

The dress code at MVHS is an important part of creating a positive and non-disruptive learning environment for all students. Your dress reflects the quality of the school, your conduct and your schoolwork. We take pride in the appearance of our students.

It is to be understood that the school standard for appearance will likely be different from the standard outside of school. School Administrators, staff, and district personnel reserve the right to determine whether a student’s attire is disruptive to the learning environment. Individual teachers may require specific appearance and attire with special consideration for safety, cleanliness, and reinforcement of course curriculum.

Our dress code objectives are:
To build and reinforce work habits. Most jobs require a standard for dress and appearance. Learning at an early age to accept that standard will make it easier to be successful with appearance later in life. Dress and appearance at our school or at school-sponsored activities should promote a healthy and safe environment. Attire should not be disruptive to the educational process.

  • Shirts and shoes must be worn.
  • No sunglasses or novelty contact lenses.
  • No halter tops or tube tops; no tops that reveal cleavage.
  • Shorts and skirts are permitted but if shorter than the length of a student’s arms when stretched down at one’s side the student will be asked to change.
  • Any clothing that exposes excessive bare skin or bare midriff may not be worn except when covered by an appropriate outer garment.
  • Masks and/or inappropriate face painting will NOT be permitted.
  • Tank tops must have sides closed.
  • No head bandannas, “head rags,” or handkerchiefs, no matter the color (Spirit Days are the only exception - white and green only). Clothing, shoes, or hats made from bandannas or paisley print are not allowed.
  • Such clothing considered distracting or too revealing; this may include but is not to be limited to items such as see-through garments, backless dresses, etc.
  • Sagging pants that show undergarments are not acceptable.
  • Clothing which carries a vulgar or offensive message, has references to the use of hate, violence, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex, or that implies gang affiliation (including hanging cloth belts) will not be permitted. Spikes, chains, handcuffs, backpacks, trench coats, etc. that are considered a potential safety hazard will not be permitted.
  • Gang-related tattoos will not be allowed at Mount Vernon High School and must be covered at all times. Non-compliance is not a dress code violation: it is a gang policy violation and will lead to suspension/expulsion.
  • Students who identify themselves as gang-affiliated (or who are identified as such by the Mount Vernon Police) may have clothing restrictions established by administration. A violation of this is a gang policy violation and it could lead to suspension/expulsion.