Appearance Code

See page 8 - 9 of 2019 - 2020 Thomas Russell Middle School (TRMS) Student Handbook for more information about the COMMON DRESS CODE:


Students must refrain from wearing frayed or ripped jeans, as well as any cut-offs (jeans or shirts) or crop tops (see images in 19 - 20 TRMS Student Handbook). Any student violating the TRMS Common Dress Code will be required to change into appropriate clothing (loaners) and subject to disciplinary action after repeated offenses.

Parents/guardians may be called to provide a change of clothing. On an individual basis, Thomas Russell’s Administration may require additional dress standards, such as a color contract, to ensure campus safety.

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TOPS – Polo, turtleneck, collar or collarless shirt, sweatshirts, dress shirts; all tops, including collarless must be a solid color (BLACK, WHITE, GREEN, GREY). If a sweatshirt has a hood, the hood can only be worn outside under three conditions: it is windy enough to blow light items on the ground, cold enough to see your breath, or raining. All tops must be generally plain or with Russell’s School Logo and meet the MUSD Administrative Regulations on Appearance listed in the 19 - 20 TRMS Student Handbook. Students violating this policy will be required to change into appropriate clothing.

PANTS - Pants must be a solid color: KHAKI, GREY, BLACK, WHITE, and/or GREEN. Pants shall not sag and must be either fitted or one size larger at the waist for growth only. The following are ONLY permitted with a free dress pass or on specific Spirit Days: track or sweatpants, jeggings/leggings, athletic shorts, and blue jeans. Students violating this policy will be required to change into appropriate clothing.

SKIRTS/SHORTS/SKORTS – Skirts, shorts, and skorts must be solid color: KHAKI, GREY, BLACK, WHITE, and/or GREEN. All shorts, skirts, and skorts must be approximately an inch above the knee. 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 and earrings 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 and 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 described in the 19 - 20 TRMS Student Handbook.

HATS - Hats are not allowed in any indoor area, including classrooms unless permission is explicitly given by teacher. 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.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORMS – The physical education attire, (shorts, sweatpants, t-shirts) is only to be worn in physical education classes with the exception of PE hoodies, which may be worn throughout the school day. Students violating this policy will be required to change into appropriate clothing.