Dress Code

The faculty, administration, and staff at Stratford High School support and enforce the District’s dress code policy to ensure the most beneficial environment for all students.  The SBISD dress code can be found in the 2018 - 2019 Student/Parent Handbook.  In addition, Stratford High School’s specific dress code policies are as follows:

General Clothing:

  • Clothing may not be worn which is obscene or distasteful, display inappropriate slogans,  advertise tobacco, drugs, alcoholic beverages or prohibited substances, (written or pictured.)
  • Clothing may not be worn which depicts identified gang symbols or gang affiliations.
  • Garments which are see-through are not allowed.
  • Undergarments (top and bottom) must be worn at all times and should never be exposed.


  • Off the shoulder tops or tops that expose any part of the back are not allowed.
  • Tops that have low cut necklines or expose the midriff area during normal school activities (i.e. raising your hands) are not acceptable.
  • Halter tops, tank tops, tube tops, tops with spaghetti straps or other immodest tops may not be worn.
  • Sleeveless jerseys without a t-shirt underneath are not permitted.


  • Pants, shorts, skirts that are immodest and/or expose undergarments are not permitted.
  • Pants and shorts must be worn at the waist.  Students will be required to tighten the waistband of their pants with their own belt or a school provided plastic ‘cinch’, if available.
  • Oversized, baggy pants are not allowed.
  • Torn and tattered clothing above the knee is not allowed unless leggings or tights cover the exposed area.
  • Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no shorter than mid-thigh.  Tight fitting shorts, i.e. Lycra, walking shorts, and running shorts are not allowed.
  • Leggings can be worn underneath clothing (skirts, dresses, etc.) that are in dress code but cannot compensate for length.  Leggings or similar form-fitting pants may be worn if the posterior is covered.


  • Hats, caps, beanies, hairnets, bandanas, sweatbands, scarves, towels, rags or head coverings of any kind are not allowed.
  • Oversized jewelry and jewelry depicting gang symbols may not be worn or visible during the school day.
  • Piercings are permitted if they do not create a distraction to the learning environment.
  • Chains hanging from clothing and spiked accessories are not allowed and will be confiscated.


  • Hair should be clean, neat and well groomed.  Any hair coloring or style that distracts from the learning environment is not permitted.
  • Unnatural or excessive application of make-up is not allowed.
  • Mustaches that are neatly trimmed are acceptable; sideburns must not extend below the bottom of the ear lobe; no other facial hair is permitted.  Boys will be required to shave before returning to class.


  • Blankets, pillows, or other similar items cannot be used, carried, or worn during the school day.
  • Sleepwear/pajamas may not be worn inside the school building.
  • Tattoos, which display obscenities or sexual innuendo; depict violence or weapons; advertise or promote alcoholic beverages, narcotics, tobacco, or other prohibited substances; displays gang affiliation or worn in a manner that communicates gang affiliation; or items that could be viewed as offensive to others are not permitted.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.   House shoes/slippers or shoes creating a safety issue are not permitted.

Consequences to Dress Code Infractions

  • The dress code is subject to change and all decisions made by the administrative staff are final.  Failure to comply with principal request will be considered insubordination that may result in disciplinary consequences. 
  • Dress code violations must be corrected before a student may return to class.  Students that are unable to correct their dress code may be sent to ISS.
  • Determining the method of correction of the dress code violation will be the decision of the school administrators.  Corrections include but are not limited to:  placing a ‘cinch’ in belt loops to tighten waistband, changing into appropriate clothing, shaving facial hair, and removing prohibited items.
  • Students found in violation of the dress code for the same offense on the same day are committing a level 3 offense, insubordination, and are subject to disciplinary consequences according to the SBISD handbook.
  • Grade level offices will keep track of the number of dress code violations as discipline infractions.  Repeated violations may result in detention, ISS, and/or suspension.
  • Failure to correct the dress code violation will result in disciplinary action.