In general, Sabin follows the District Eleven BOE policies on student dress and appearance, but we have added specifics based on situations we have encountered in the past few years. Unfortunately, other situations may surface during the year that will cause us to add to this list. You may read something in here and think, “Why would they have that in there?” Trust us, we've got our reasons. If you want to know, ask us; we‟ll be happy to share those reasons with you.

    Clothing or adornments must not contain any words or images suggesting drugs or drug use, tobacco, alcohol, sex, weapons, or violence. Mushrooms, the 8-ball, 420 or 4:20 or 4/20, the $ symbol (sometimes used to advertise drug sales), the playboy bunny , and the Player 69 brand are not allowed. Clothing or adornments must not be or perceived to be in any way discriminatory or inflammatory (having the potential to incite a disruption). Clothing or adornments must not be vulgar (crude), sexually provocative, or obscene. The District says this means clothes cannot be see-through, too tight, over-enhance or expose parts of the body that are “traditionally considered private,” sag, or expose undergarments (including boxers and bra straps).


    • Shorts, skorts, and skirts must be mid-thigh. Mid-thigh is the point halfway between the knee and hip bone. Typically, when a student's arms are at his/her sides, mid-thigh is just below the tip of the longest finger.
    • Pants, etc. must rise to or above the hips. Students must not allow their pants to sag. The practice of boys wearing tight girls' pants that cannot be raised to the hips is not allowed. Wearing shorts underneath sagging pants is not a solution for school. Sabin reserves the right to have students lift their shirt to demonstrate that they are in compliance.
    • Clothing must not be excessively ripped or torn. Shirts must not have holes that expose parts of the body that are traditionally kept private unless there is an appropriate top underneath. Pants must not have holes above the mid-thigh point unless the student is wearing appropriate shorts or leggings underneath.
    • Boys' shirts must have sleeves. Girls' tops must have shoulder straps that are at least two inches (typically three fingers) wide. In addition, girls' tops must not overemphasize or overexpose the breasts or cleavage. Wearing an outdoor jacket to conceal an inappropriate top is not a solution for school.
    • No tube tops, short shirts, midriffs, or other tops that expose the stomach. Mesh shirts, net shirts, or other see-through tops are not allowed unless there is an appropriate top on underneath them.
    • No pajamas or pajama pants, including the cotton or flannel lounge wear pants that have become popular recently.
    • No slippers or bathrobes either.
    • No hats, do-rags, hoods, or any other head covering (unless it is a requirement of the student's religion) will be allowed in the building.
    • Sunglasses, headphones, earbuds, etc. must not be worn on the head or around the neck.

    Clothing or adornments must not be or appear to be gang-related. We realize that not all students who wear the following are involved with gangs, but we cannot allow these things for some and ban them for others. Our goal is a school where kids feel safe every day. Given the situations that we have encountered, this means that students cannot have or wear items that contain:

    • "Southside,‟ "Westside,‟ "SUR,‟ "Sureños,‟ or "Nortinos‟
    • the numbers 13, 14, 18, 81 (some of the gang numbers in El Paso County), or 213 (a Los Angeles area code)
    • Los Angeles or LA (The 12th (L) and 1st (A) letters of the alphabet are now being used because 12+1=13)
    • "ICP,‟ the "Insane Clown Posse,‟ "Juggalos,‟ or "the Hatchet Man‟

    Students may also not have:

    • belts hanging down (used as the 10 with three fingers making the 13)
    • one pant leg higher than the other or one pant leg tucked in, etc.
    • bandanas on the head, around the neck, or in a pocket
    • hoodies worn on the head
    • oversized shirts that hang below the fingertips
    • gloves or long or heavy coats on in the building

    This is not an exhaustive list, meaning changes or additions may become necessary during the school year. Shoes must be worn at all times in the building. Slippers may not be worn. Excessive piercings or make-up will not be allowed. Excessive goth-style make-up is not acceptable.

    VIOLATIONS OF DRESS CODE – For the first two violations of the dress code, the student will need to call home for a change of clothing. While waiting, the student may be in the ISD room. Parents may also give permission for the student to walk home to change. The third violation could result in an in-school detention. Any future violations could result in a three-day out-of-school suspension and the student could be placed on a Remedial Discipline Plan for open, persistent defiance of proper authority (level III). Final decision of whether or not clothing or adornments are in violation of the school dress code lies with the building principal.

    As parents are the ones who are usually inconvenienced by having to come to the school with a change of clothing, we suggest that they check what their children are wearing each morning and verify that it complies with this dress code.