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Standards of Dress

Fort Worth ISD students still have plenty of fun, fashionable options when getting dressed each morning. The following guidelines are designed to keep students up-to-code and up-to-date simply and stylishly. Brand new additions and modifications to the dress code are in bold type.

High School DressSecondary Grades 9-12

  • Tops:

    • Color: Any color is permitted.
    • Style: Collared (polo or oxford) shirts or blouses, mock turtlenecks or turtlenecks; all must have sleeves and should be tucked in. T-shirts shall not be worn as outer clothing.
  • Bottoms:

    • Color: Any color is permitted.
    • Style: Pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, capris or jumpers are acceptable; all must be hemmed or cuffed and can be no shorter than three inches above the knee. Jeans must be free of embellishments. Sagging pants are not permitted.
  • Shoes:

    • Style: Athletic shoes, loafers, dress shoes or other closed-toe shoes as well as open-toe/open-heel shoes. Shoelaces should be white or should match the color of the shoe.

Elementary DressPrekindergarten - Grade 8

  • Tops:

    • Color: Navy or white
    • Style: Collared (polo or oxford) shirts or blouses, mock turtlenecks or turtlenecks; all must have sleeves and should be tucked in. T-shirts shall not be worn as outer clothing.
    • Outerwear: Sweatshirts or sweaters in navy or white are acceptable as outerwear if worn over standard dress; coats and jackets of any color shall be worn in accordance with weather conditions and are not worn in the classroom.
  • Bottoms:

    • Color: Navy, khaki, black or blue denim
    • Style: Pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, capris or jumpers are acceptable; all must be hemmed or cuffed and can be no shorter than three inches above the knee. Jeans must be free of embellishments. Sagging pants are not permissible.
  • Shoes:

    • Style: Athletic shoes, loafers, dress shoes or other closed-toe shoes as well as open-toe/open-heel shoes. Shoelaces should be white or should match the color of the shoe.

Guidelines for ALL grades (Prekindergarten-12):

  • Clothing shall be the correct size for students, with no sagging pants.
  • Tops (shirts or blouses) shall be tucked into clothing.
  • T-shirts worn as undergarments must be solid white.
  • T-shirts shall not be worn as outer clothing.
  • Denim blue jeans must be free of embellishments.
  • Bottoms should be hemmed or cuffed.
  • Shorts, skirts and skorts shall be no shorter than three inches above the knee.
  • Shoelaces must be white or match the color of the shoe.
  • Acceptable accessories include belts of a solid color fabric or leather with a buckle no larger than two inches.
  • Tights, socks and hosiery should be a solid color.
  • Manufacturer logos on apparel must be less than a one and one-half inch square with the exception of school logos.

Unacceptable dress for ALL grades (Prekindergarten-12):

  • Sagging pants
  • T-shirts worn as outer clothing or as visible undergarments
  • Clothing considered too revealing (bare midriffs, tube tops, tank tops, cut-off shirts, low-cut tops, crop tops, see-through shirts, fish-net clothing)
  • Clothing with holes, tears or cuts
  • Clothing with lewd, offensive, vulgar or obscene pictures, emblems or language
  • Clothing with advertising that depicts tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs or any substance prohibited under FNCF (LEGAL)
  • Gang-related clothing, accessories or jewelry bearing signs, insignia, colors or symbols
  • Active-wear such as wind shorts, warm-ups, soccer shorts, boxer shorts, sweat suits or spandex gym wear
  • Sleepwear, visible drawstrings, house shoes
  • Except for verified religious clothing, head gear such as hats, scarves, bandanas, do-rags or shower caps
  • Combs, sunglasses or grillz
  • Accessories or body piercings that could be classified as dangerous or as a potential weapon, i.e., chains, spiked necklaces or bracelets, or similar items

Students of all grade levels are expected to be in full compliance with the dress code beginning on the first day of school. Violations of the dress code are handled at the school level.

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Fort Worth Independent School District | 100 N University Dr. | Fort Worth TX 76107 | Phone:817-871-2000 | Email: web@fwisd.org

The Fort Worth Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, gender identity and expression, military/veteran status, in its programs and activities. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: June Davis, 504 Coordinator/Foster Care Liaison, 100 N University Dr., NW 250, Fort Worth, TX 76107, 817-814-2875, Rufino Mendoza, Title IX Coordinator, 100 N University Dr., NW 130-I, Fort Worth, TX 76107, 817-814-2793 or Sammy Monge, Title VII Coordinator, 100 N University Dr., NW 130-I, Fort Worth, TX 76107, 817-814-2724.