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Dress Code Information

Dress and Grooming Code
We expect students to come to school in clothes that are clean and neat, and we expect students to exhibit basic cleanliness and grooming that will not be a health or safety threat to themselves or to other students or staff. We do not permit students to wear clothing with pictures, emblems, or writing that is lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene or that advertises or depicts tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other substance that students are prohibited from having or using at school. The principal makes decisions about dress and grooming violations.

Appropriate Attire and Grooming

Appropriate Attire: Male students must wear clean clothing (shirt, slacks, shorts, jeans, trousers) that is not excessively torn or damaged above the knees. Female students must wear clean clothing (dress, blouse, shirt, skirt, shorts, slacks, jeans) that is not excessively torn or damaged above the knee. Pants must be worn with the waist at waist level, and shirts or blouses must be buttoned. All students must wear shoes and appropriate undergarments. At grades 6-12, shorts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knees. At grades Pre-K-5, shorts or skirts must be no shorter than the extended fingertips.

Appropriate Grooming: All students will exemplify grooming standards that project a positive image for the student, school, and District. Hair must be clean and neatly groomed and worn in a style that does not cover the eyes or eyebrows. Male students’ hair must be neatly trimmed and worn in a style above the eye brows and have a length above the top of the collar of a crew-neck tee-shirt. Male students may not wear ponytails and/or pinned up hair. Male students must be clean-shaven. Sideburns may extend no lower than the bottom of the ear and must be trimmed in a straight line without flares at the bottom.


Inappropriate Grooming: The following hair styles or colorings are inappropriate grooming for any student at school or a school-related or school-sanctioned activity:

  • Neon or other hair colorings or bleaching, whether permanent or temporary, in a shade or tone that the principal determines to be unnatural, such as a neon orange, neon pink, magenta, any shade of blue, any shade of green, violet, purple or white.
  • Hair coloring or bleaching for the purpose of creating extreme differences in color, shade, or tone between sections of individual strands of hair or areas of hair on the head.
  • Hair coloring or bleaching for the purpose of creating extreme differences in color, shade, or tone between the student’s natural and original hair color and the colored or bleached color, shade, or tone.
  • Patterns or designs shaved or cut into the hair, such as Mohawks (or any hairstyle resembling a Mohawk), partially shaved heads, etc.

Clothing with Words or Pictures: Clothing worn at school or school-related or school-sanctioned activities may not display printed statements or pictures:

  • that are vulgar, obscene or suggestive;
  • that are related to or depict sexual activity;
  • that depict hate or violence in general or are directed at any specific person or group of persons;
  • that are related to or depict the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco; or,
  • that defaces the American flag.

Jewelry, Tattoos, Body Piercing: Students may not wear on the outside of their clothing any jewelry or similar artifacts that are obscene or distracting or that are likely to cause disruption to the educational environment. Students may not wear facial jewelry of any kind, other than non-distracting earrings worn on the ear. Male students may not wear earrings or spacers. Any body piercing or tattoos, including temporary tattoos, must be covered at all times while students are under the school’s jurisdiction.

Gang Attire and Grooming: Clothing, grooming, or any attire that identifies or connects a student with a gang (There is a definition in the Student Code of Conduct) is prohibited. The principal will maintain and regularly update a list of clothing, grooming, and other attire that has been identified as gang-related and will make the list available to teachers and parents to review.

Inappropriate or Unacceptable Attire: The following clothing and accessories are inappropriate attire for any student at school or a school-related or school-sanctioned activity:

  • (Grades 6-12) Shorts or skirts shorter than 2 inches above the knee cap
  • (Grades Pre-K-5) Shorts or skirts shorter than fingertips.
  • (Grades 6-12) Students wearing pants with holes above the knees must have a patch covering the hole(s) and/or wear leggings underneath.
  • (Grades 6-8) Students will only be permitted to carry clear or mesh back packs. Girls will be allowed to carry a small purse.
  • (Grades 6-8) Basketball shorts, wind pants and sweat pants are not permitted.
  • Pants worn below the natural waistline or sagging, bagging, or extremely loose pants.
  • Bandanas are not permitted at school.
  • Shirts or blouses that reveal undergarments or cleavage, midriff length tops that leave exposed skin, spaghetti strap or halter tops.
  • Exposed undergarments.
  • Bedtime attire, pajamas, undershirts, or undergarments worn as outerwear, such as, boxer shorts.
  • Clothing made of any see-through material, fish net, or very loosely-woven fabric, unless other clothing is worn underneath.
  • Shirts or blouses that are split up the side such that the vent or split is unfinished or extends above the natural waistline.
  • Un-hemmed or cut-off clothing of any kind. 
  • Muscle shirts, shirts with oversized armholes, or backless shirts, blouses or tops.
  • Any clothing made of Spandex or similar body-hugging fabric or material.
  • Flip flops (grades Pre-K-8), roller foot wear, slippers, or house shoes.
  • High heeled shoes are prohibited at Pre-K-5.
  • Sunglasses, hats, or caps worn or visible inside a school building.
  • Hair rollers, hair curlers, plastic hair bags, and other similar grooming items worn inside a school building.

Principal’s Authority: The principal or designee will determine if clothing or attire not addressed in this policy creates a distraction to the educational process and may prohibit that clothing or attire for his or her campus. Administrators have the discretion to determine the appropriateness of dress and grooming and to make special exceptions, including for religious or medical necessities.

If your child comes to school wearing clothes that violate the dress code or in any other way violates our dress and grooming standards, she or he will be placed in in-school suspension until she or he is in compliance. We will make efforts to notify you as soon as possible, and if the student changes clothes or otherwise comes into compliance with the dress and grooming standards, she or he will return to regular classes immediately.


Contact Information

Dr. E.R. Richter Elementary
90 Cherry Creek Rd
Dayton, Texas 77535

School Hours: 8:15 - 3:55

Phone: 936-258-7126
Fax: 936-257-4179

Campus Administration


Principal – Kristie Kelley
Assistant Principal - Ashley Hobbs
Assistant Principal – Amber King
Counselor - Julie Wilner