Ethel Dwyer Middle School

Dress Code

How to be Within Dress Code

Be Within Dress Code

Dwyer Middle School, Huntington Beach Board of Trustees, School Site Council, PTSA,

and Dwyer Students believe that appropriate dress contributes to a productive learning environment.


Students are expected to dress in an appropriate fashion that does not interfere with or distract from the educational process. As fashion trends change, there may be a need to modify the dress code. When this occurs, parents will be notified at, in a letter mailed home, or in a PTSA newsletter. 

Dwyer Dress Code.jpgCLOTHING

  • (Clothing must be appropriate; Dwyer Staff has the authority to discern what is/isn’t appropriate) 
  • Blouses and shirts must completely cover the stomach and chest; not be low cut (business-like attire is recommended and requested)
  • Shirts must not expose the back. Half-shirts halter tops are not permitted even if worn over a T shirt
  • Tank tops must cover the shoulder and front chest area and not be low cut that may in any way create a distraction.
  • T Shirts for boys and girls must not have any writing or pictures that are deemed disrespectful or offensive
  • T Shirts on boys are not to be oversized (shirts with collars are recommended and requested)
  • Any “spaghetti-straps” are not to be worn even if worn over a T shirt ;Tube tops (any shirt that leaves the shoulders bare), underwear-type tops, and halter tops are not permitted. 
  • Clothing that has the appearance of being lingerie, undergarments, bras or pajamas are not permitted
  • Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be an appropriate length and not expose undergarments, or create a distraction (all Dwyer Staff has the authority to discern what is/isn’t appropriate)
  • Wearing “short-shorts” is not permitted
  • Wearing shorts underneath a mini-skirt is not acceptable (business-like attire is recommended and requested)
  • Pants or jeans may not hang on the ground
  • Pants, jeans, or shorts must not have frayed edges or have holes in them
  • Oversized pants or shorts are not permitted
  • Long shorts with high socks that overlap are not allowed
  • Pants should not hang below the waist to reveal undergarments
  • Dresses, shorts, and skirts that are tight or revealing or otherwise inappropriate are not permitted
  • Gang related clothing is not permitted, including initial belts/necklaces, chains, wallets with chains, gang monikers.  Any combination of clothing that law enforcement currently considers gang related (these may change frequently) is not permitted.
  • Cleavage (of any kind) is not permitted. Push-up bras or silk-like blouses without support coverage are not permitted.
  • Students cannot wear the hooded part of a sweatshirt/t-shirt.



Hair colors must be of naturally occurring colors; dyed hair must be of a naturally occurring color (not pink, or bright red); hair cuts should be neat, clean, and well groomed. Extreme hairstyles (such as a Mohawk, etc), or any cut that distracts from the educational process are not permitted.



  • Shoes must be worn. Rubber thongs, beach sandals, flip-flops, and any other shoes without heel straps are not permitted
  • Platform or high-heeled shoes are not permitted.
  • Shoes should be secured to the foot and must have a heel strap.
  • Steel-toed shoes and heelies are not permitted. 



  • Broad-rimmed hats, visors, or baseball caps must be worn forward .
  • Wearing berets, or stylish headbands are discouraged
  • Sunglasses may be worn outdoors ONLY.
  • Students may not wear safety pins or sharp studs/hoops on clothing or exposed skin areas .
  • Body piercing on face, head, tongue (or any visible area) are considered a safety concern and may not be worn (pierced earrings may be worn within reason).
  • Make up must not be used in the classroom or taken out at any time while class is in session.



As it is not possible to include every style, trend or haircut in the Dress Code, students are asked to respect the “Spirit of the Dress Code” and dress appropriately for an orderly and business-like environment. Staff and administration have the discretion to decide what constitutes objectionable or inappropriate violations.



Teachers/Staff/Administration/Volunteers on the site have the authority to refer a student for hairstyle, footwear, accessory or fashion trend violations.