Dress Code

Our purpose: At Truman Middle School our Dress Code supports a welcoming and safe learning environment. The Dress Code also supports expression of identity through dress and accessories. In addition it enables us to quickly identify students and allow for unrestricted two-way communication free of distraction. Students who do not adhere to the Dress Code Policy will be given school appropriate attire to wear for the remainder of the day.

General expectation and examples of acceptable attire.

Examples of unacceptable attire

Clothing and accessories contain only inclusive messages.
  • No clothing and accessories with offensive
  • words.
  • No clothing that contains references to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, gangs illegal activities, obscenities, vulgarities or other content in violation of the TPS nondiscrimination statement.
  • No clothing with images, messages, or logos from organizations affiliated with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, gangs, illegal activities, obscenities, vulgarities, or sexual content.
  • No clothing that use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any protected groups.
Clothing and accessories maintain student and staff physical safety
  • Footwear with hard soles is required at all times. Footwear must allow for freedom of movement.
  • Close toed shoes are required at all times.
  • No heels taller than 2 inches.
  • No soft-soled slippers.
  • No plush slippers.
  • No bare or stocking feet.

Clothing and accessories promote self-expression and identity as students

  • Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including physical education, science labs, gardening, and other activities where unique hazards exist.
  • Clothing must also allow for ease of movement in event of any campus emergency.
  • Clothing must cover body from armpit to armpit, down to 3-4 inches from inseam. Tops must have shoulder straps.
  • Clothing must cover undergarments with daily movements (i.e., bending or reaching), waistbands and bra straps excluded.
  • Undergarments must be covered by opaque fabric.


  • No sheer clothing that reveals undergarments.
  • No clothing that reveals ribs, e.g. muscle tees and/or tank tops that reveal open sides, crop tops, sports bras, or bralettes.
  • No swimwear.
  • No costumes
  • No onesies
  • No blankets
Truman dress code
Dress and accessories support two-way communication.
  • All head coverings must allow for visibility of ears and mouth, excluding clothing worn for medical or religious purposes.
  • Hats and beanies that do not cover ears are allowed.
  • No costume masks or mask hoodies covering the face.
  • No hoods up


Dress Code Violations

If students violate the Truman Middle School Dress Code, they will be asked to immediately correct the violation. In addition, students may receive further disciplinary action for Dress Code infractions. These actions will depend upon the seriousness and frequency of the violation(s). We reserve the right to determine acceptable dress when questions arise. All students are expected to comply with any decision of Truman Middle School Staff related to Dress Code.