By Brittany Anderson
KYLE — Students at Simon Middle School will no longer be required to wear school uniform, following a change that will come into effect during the 2022-2023 school year.
Simon Middle School has had uniforms since the school opened in 2009. Hays CISD communications director Tim Savoy said while uniforms have some benefits, they also present challenges for families, such as s ensure they have the right uniform and enough of them to last between wash cycles.
In a campus-wide statement, Simon’s principal Laura Briones said that as the school has continued to grow and evolve over the past 13 years, she has received feedback on the uniforms and that the students had also expressed their voice and worked with the administration to help with the planning. efforts as they progress with this change.
Despite the lack of a uniform, a standardized dress code policy for students, consistent with the Hays CISD dress code policy, will still be maintained and enforced.
According to the school dress code, the following clothes are not allowed:
• Tops: tank tops, muscle shirts and spaghetti straps under three inches in width; high belly and high cuts
• Bottoms: shorts, skirts and dresses shorter than mid-thigh or more than five inches above the knee; frayed, ripped, ripped or ripped pants, shorts or skirts; tights, yoga pants or leggings; windbreaker shorts or spandex running shorts; sag of any kind
• Outerwear that looks like pajamas or underwear
• Shoes: slippers (slippers), flip flops, Heelys, cleats and flip flops (all shoes must have a back)
• Bandanas, hats or the hood over hoodies
• Any item (clothing, jewelry, or footwear) that can be used as a weapon (such as steel-toed shoes)
Other elements of the dress code that are not permitted include:
• Sunglasses or metal chains
• Skateboards, toys of all kinds, towels, blankets or stuffed animals
• Curlers, flat irons, picks or other hair equipment (other than combs or brushes)
• Tattoos (current or temporary) or body piercings, excluding ears/nose (all piercings must be studs or rings)
• Any item (clothing, binders/files, device covers, backpacks or lockers) must not depict, advertise or suggest obscenity, profanity, violence, sex, racism, tobacco, alcohol, drugs or gang activity
No gang-related attire will be permitted. For enforcement purposes, gang-related clothing can be identified by specific colors (no more than two garments of the same color) or the manner in which the clothing is worn. Administration will work with the campus school resource manager to identify gang-related attire and communicate it to students and parents.
Jackets, blouses or tops cannot be worn to cover dress code violations. Whether the principal or principal-designate determines that a student’s attire or clothing violates the school’s dress code, the student will be given the opportunity to correct the issue at school. If not corrected, they will be assigned an in-school suspension for the remainder of the day until the issue is corrected or a parent or designate provides an acceptable change of clothing. Repeat violations may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
Students must adhere to the dress code until they leave campus at the end of the school day.