Appearance Code

UNIFORM DRESS CODE: All clothing should be neat, clean, and in good condition. Administration will determine appropriateness of student attire. Any student not following the Uniform Standards will be subject to disciplinary action. Any violation of the above policy will result in a student receiving the appropriate consequence as outlined in the TRMS Discipline Plan and assigned a detention/Friday School or home suspension. Parents may be called to provide a change of clothing or to transport their child home as deemed necessary by the administration.

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TOPS – Polo, turtleneck, collar or collarless shirts , sweatshirts, dress shirts: All tops, including collar or collarless shirts must be a solid color (BLACK, WHITE, FOREST GREEN, GREY). Must be generally plain or with Russell’s School Logo.

PANTS - Pants must be a solid color: khaki, grey, black, white, and/or green. Pants shall be fitted or one size larger at the waist for growth only. The following are permitted: athletic pants (joggers), leggings/jeggings, and jeans (not blue jean). Designer pants may not have holes above the knee.

SKIRTS/SHORTS/SKORTS – Skirts, shorts, and skorts must be solid khaki, grey, black, white, and/or green. All shorts, skirts, and skorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh. Students violating this policy will be required to change into appropriate clothing.

PIERCINGS - Body piercings other than ear piercings present a potential health and safety hazard and may NOT be worn during the school day. Ear piercings larger than one inch in diameter and ear piercing spikes may not be worn due to safety concerns.

SHOES & BELTS - Shoes must have a closed toe and heel. Solid red or blue shoes and/or red and blue colored laces and belts are not allowed. Belts must be worn in belt loops and may not hang down.

BACKPACKS - Any color is allowed. It must adhere to the District’s Administrative Regulations on Appearance.

HATS - Hats are not allowed in any indoor area, including classrooms. Inappropriate logos/designs are not allowed.

JACKETS – Jackets include those with zippers and buttons and may be of any color, as long as they do not violate any of the M.U.S.D. Administrative Regulations on Appearance. The PE hoodies are also allowed.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORMS – The physical education shorts and t-shirts are to be worn in physical education classes only. Students may wear PE hoodies, but they may not wear sweatpants outside of PE.

UNIFORM WAIVERS – Contact Russell to schedule an appointment with the Assistant Principal. Parent/guardian and student must be present at the meeting. Uniform waivers are usually granted due to financial difficulties or other hardships. If approved, students must adhere to the Milpitas Unified School District Administrative Regulations on Appearance below.



These regulations apply to all students on waiver and on administration approved free dress days only.

  1. All students must adhere to the Student Appearance Code. Students may not opt out of this Appearance Code. Students must exercise appropriate discretion in their choice of clothing and personal grooming so as not to cause a disturbance or interruption for themselves or to others.
  2. Examples of unacceptable clothing are tube tops, tank tops, sport bras, halter-tops, and short shorts. The torso must be covered at all times even when arms are lifted or when bending over.Undergarments must not be visible. Spaghetti straps are not allowed during the regular school day.
  3. Clothing must be size appropriate for school activities.
  4. Shoes must be worn at all times and be safe and appropriate for all school activities. Due to daily recess activities, closed-toed shoes are required at elementary schools.
  5. Hats and other non-religious head coverings may not be worn indoors.
  6. Belts must be of appropriate length and contained within belt loops.
  7. Students may not wear objects or any other items of apparel that present a health or safety hazard to themselves or to others.
  8. Graffiti or ‘tags’ will not be allowed on any items brought to school, i.e.: backpacks, personal belongings, books, folders, notebooks, etc.
  9. The following is not acceptable: any clothing or personal belongings that may be deemed as gang related (excessive red or blue), that depicts the use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco, that contains offensive language, graphics or symbols, or are deemed as inappropriate by the site administrator. Ignoring these guidelines will result in a dress code referral. (Excessive red or blue is defined as any article of clothing or accessory that contains 50% or more red or blue). (Also see California Penal Code, Section 13826.65)
  10. The school may require additional dress standards because of special health and safety circumstances.
  11. The school may adopt uniforms as deemed appropriate by the school community as outlined in Board Policy 5132.1.
  12. The Governing Board believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a safe and productive learning environment. Students’ clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction that would interfere with the educational process. The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate.
  13. The Governing Board delegates the responsibility for enforcement of the Student Appearance Code to the site administrator of the school. Details and specific rules, which apply, shall be included in the administrative regulations.