MHS Dress Code

The Maplewood High School dress code has been established to help students demonstrate consideration and respect for themselves and others, as well as develop employability and life skills. Students are expected to be dressed appropriately when they arrive to school every day and remain appropriately dressed throughout the school day.

The Student Dress Code Policy will be enforced on the first day of school until the last day of school.


  • Any color or pattern top, dress, skirt and/or bottoms that do not have illegal or inappropriate content.
  • Jeans and sweatpants are allowed.
  • Leggings are allowed ONLY with a shirt that covers the navel, belly button, and buttocks area.
  • All skirts, dresses and shorts must meet the required length (no more than 3 inches above the knee).
  • All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions.
  • Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance.
  • Teachers and all other school personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting.

Not Allowed

  • No hoodies worn on your head in the building/classrooms/hallways/restroom.
  • No head coverings such as bonnets, bandanas, scarves, caps/hats, do-rags, rollers, hoods, or hairnets should be worn on your head at any time.
  • No pajamas or sleepwear (including house shoes, slippers, shower caps, onesies, bonnets, or do-rags/scarfs).
  • Biker shorts and spandex are not pants and should not be worn in the place of pants.
  • No clothing exposing the upper chest cleavage, midriff, torso, buttocks, upper thigh; including see-through garments, racer-back shirts, off-the-shoulder shirts, halters, tube tops, spaghetti straps garments, crop stops, bare midriff outfits, or shirts tied at the midriff. All shirts must be waist length.
  • No mini-skirts, mini-dresses, or backless dresses.
  • No sagging pants.
  • No logos or manufacturer’s trademarks with writing or images containing illegal substances or obscene gestures and language Including but not limited to: drugs, alcohol or tobacco paraphernalia, offensive, lewd, indecent, vulgar, obscene, profane, gang-related, racial or ethnic slurs.
  • Tattoos and jewelry that may display drugs, alcohol or tobacco products, gang-related or sex-related words or images must NOT be worn.
  • No bulky jewelry, chains, spiked accessories, and belt buckles with concealed weapons.
  • No house shoes or flip flops.

Special Provisions
Maplewood High School will provide reasonable accommodation to students whose bona fide religious belief, medical condition, or disability requires special clothing. Those students who observe specific religious practices that require head coverings must submit appropriate paperwork for approval to the office.

Disciplinary Resolution
Students will have the opportunity to self-correct prior to receiving a disciplinary action in accordance with the school and district policy. Students that do not follow Maplewood High School’s Dress Code policy and refuse the opportunity to self-correct will receive a disciplinary resolution from the administration team. Parents/Guardian will be notified by the teacher or an administrator prior to students receiving a disciplinary resolution.

*The Maplewood School Dress Code can be modified at administration discretion.