Overview of Standardized Dress Code Overview

The process:

Edward Stone Middle School is considering a standardized dress code for the 2014-2015 school year.  At this point in the process we want to inform parents of the reasons for the standardized dress code and give an overview of what this dress code may look like.  We will then open a survey to gather input from parents on their thoughts on the standardized dress code.  We want to have one source to gather all the input from parents so that no one’s input is overlooked.  After analyzing the parent survey a determination will be made on how to proceed.



A standardized dress code determines distinctive clothing styles and/or specific colors worn by students as a means of identifying them as members of the school community.  Standardized dress code does not mean a uniform (ie; everyone wear the same shirt with school logo, same pants, etc.).  A standardized dress code sets a standard of dress for students.



A standardized dress code will help provide the students of Edward Stone Middle School a very positive and safe educational environment and to reinforce the district’s mission of “Inspiring and challenging students through diverse opportunities.” 

  • To create an enhanced climate for learning

o   Learning about professional/career dress by establishing a businesslike image

o   Create an environment of modesty/decency

  • Boost school unity and pride
  • Increase self-discipline among students
  • Promote positive behavior in school
  • Help provide a safe learning environment;

o   If students are dressed in a standardized attire intruders or a student coming to inflict harm at school could be identified because they probably won’t be in the standardized attire.

o   Eliminates attire that may be perceived as gang-related or may create thoughts or expressions of violence, bigotry, hate, and abuse.  These perceptions can make students and staff feel unsafe and not able to focus on the importance of school.

o   Standardized dress code will not eliminate bullying, however it will reduce one of the stigmas that students are sometimes bullied about.  That is the stigma of the “haves” and “have nots.”

  • Cost effective
  • Help students resist peer pressure

Informative Videos - Please take time to watch both videos

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Clothing Options:

This is not the standardized dress code.  The dress code would be written to follow Iowa code.  However the standardized dress code would limit students to these options.


  • Solid white, navy, black, royal blue (ESMS color), or purple (BHS color) collared shirts with or without Edward Stone logo are allowed.  No t-shirts are allowed.
  • Oxford dress shirts white, navy, black, or royal blue are acceptable; no flannel shirts are allowed.
  • Only school-colored long sleeved t-shirts or school-colored turtle-neck shirts may be worn under school colored collared shirts.
  • Sweaters white, navy, black, or royal blue are allowed with an appropriate school colored collared shirt on underneath.
  • Shirts should contain no logo or writing larger than 3 inches by 3 inches.
  • Sweatshirts white, navy, black, or royal blue may be worn if logo is 3 inches by 3 inches or smaller with collared shirt underneath.
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times.  


  • Slacks or corduroy pants in tan khaki, navy, or black are acceptable.  No denim.
  • Pants may be plain front or pleated khaki style.
  • Pants with extra zippers, such as legs that zip on, are not permitted.  
  • Shorts or capris are tan khaki, navy, or black and must be knee length or longer.
  • If pants have belt loops, a belt must be worn and pants are not to sag.
  • No leggings, yoga pants, spandex pants, tights, jeggings allowed.
  • Skirts must be tan khaki, navy, or black and must be at the knee or longer.
  • Coats, hats, caps, and bandanas should not be worn in the building.
  • Pants should be worn at the waist with no undergarments showing, no sagging.
  • Clothing and/or jewelry that is negative towards the school or school district or promotes the use of alcohol or drugs, is profane, racially biased, or offensive in language/pictures, relates to gang activity or colors or includes sexually inappropriate references may not be worn at school, school activities, or used as decorative items in lockers.
  • Wallet chains, spiked dog collar items, or other inappropriate items of jewelry are not permitted.
  • Students are required to wear shoes or sandals. (no house slippers)
  • Coats, backpacks, and bags are to be stored in the student lockers during school hours.


The Parent Feedback Survey is available by clicking here.

Questions for clarification please email brian.johnson@bcsds.org