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Dress Code

Dear Decker Middle School Parents and Guardians,

The purpose of the standard mode of dress policy at our schools is to encourage uniformity in dress and identity that advocates self-respect, improved academics, and model behavior. The standard mode of dress policy is in addition to the district dress code; it does not replace the Manor ISD dress code policy.

Dressing for Success at DMS

 These standards of dress and appearance reflect that school is a place of learning, not a place of recreation. ALL school rules, including dress code expectations apply to after-school, field trips and evening activities.  Dress, appearance and hygiene should contribute to a positive and non-disruptive atmosphere; an atmosphere that is conductive to learning and achievement of ALL students in school. 

 The following dress code must be adhered to by all Decker Middle School students:

  • Shirts – Short or long sleeved polo-style shirts. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.     
    • 6th Graders will wear Gray 
    • 7th Graders will wear Maroon
    • 8th Graders will wear Black
  • Pants – Plain or jean khaki, navy or black pants, shorts, and skorts must be worn on the student’s natural waist at all times. Shorts and skorts must be an approved length, which is no shorter than the tips of the fingers when the arms are extended by the sides of the body. Pants, shorts, and skorts must be free of holes. Sweatpants and joggers are not allowed. 
  • Belts – Solid black or brown must be worn if pants have belt loops. 
  • Hoodies are allowed in the grade level colors. Hoodies that are not in grade level colors may not be worn inside the building.  We will not allow hoods to be worn inside the building.
  • Jeans have been added to the district's standard mode of dress. Please make sure that jeans are blue, black, or khaki in color with no rips or tears. It is very important that students come dressed in their standard mode of dress unless told they are allowed to wear something else. The students have looked great as they pass from class to class in their grade level colors. If your family is in need of assistance, please contact one of the counselors at DMS.

***On Wednesday's, students may wear a college shirt with their standard bottoms and on Friday's students may wear any Decker Middle School or Manor ISD shirt with standard bottoms.

Students will not be allowed to wear any of the following:  apparel, jewelry, accessory, or manner of grooming which by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol or any other attributes which implies membership or affiliation with a gang or secret society.

Campus Administration has final discretion in determining the appropriateness of dress.  Any attire deemed inappropriate or a distraction of the learning environment by Administration is prohibited. 

Students out of compliance with the dress code will be asked to call home for a change of clothing.  If a change of clothing is not available, students will spend the remainder of the day in ISS.  Repeated dress code violations will result in further disciplinary action. 

***The district/campus will NOT be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen items. ALL Items brought to campus are at the student’s risk and the student is responsible for his/her property.