Dress Code from DMS Handbook for Pre-school, Kindergarten & Grades 1 – 8

  • No words, letters, numbers, pictures, logos, emblems, or camouflage. The exceptions to this are DMS t-shirts and DMS event-related clothing, e.g., Pentathlon, Medieval Games, Track & Field, etc.
  • Clothing must be solid in color or an all-over pattern which may include florals, plaid, stripes, paisley, tie-dye, or polka-dots.
  • Designs or styles considered vulgar or suggestive are not allowed, nor is anything that promotes tobacco, alcohol, drugs, firearms, media, or gang affiliation.
  • Shoulders and midriffs must be covered. All shirts must have sleeves; no tank tops. No tight fitting leggings or yoga pants allowed unless covered by a dress or long top.
  • All clothing must have a hemmed or finished edge (no cutoffs, torn clothing, or frayed edges).
  • Shorts, dresses and skirts must come to the top of the knee or lower.
  • All clothing must be of the appropriate size, fitting and covering appropriately—no see-through shirts, nor anything baggy or sagging (e.g. the crotch-at-the-knee look) nor excessively tight fitting.
  • Appropriate shoes for walking, running, jumping and playing must be worn at all times while on campus. A small (less than 1/2” by 2”) brand name or emblem is allowed on shoes only if it cannot be removed.
    • Shoes must have a closed toe and heel support, be the correct size and fit appropriately.
    • Acceptable styles are tennis shoes with tied laces, zippers/Velcro or closed-toed sandals, e.g., Keens or similar styles.
    • Laces must be tied and stay securely fastened.
    • No flip-flops, thongs, platforms, Crocs, rubber clogs, or high-heeled shoes.
    • No shoes with lights or rollers/wheels, even if wheels are removed.
  • Clothing should be suitable for both classroom and outdoor play, including games, woodworking and gardening. Clothing should be suitable to the weather. Shorts are not appropriate during our brief desert winter. During the winter a properly closing winter coat is required and children should be dressed in layers under the coat to allow for the cold mornings and warmer afternoons.
  • Hats must be worn outside at all times, but are not allowed to be worn in classrooms or other school buildings, regardless of the season. Hats should protect the child from the elements. No head coverings, e.g., bandanas, scarves, etc., may be worn in classes. (Religious exceptions allowed.)
  • Students may not wear sunglasses at school. Prescription glasses that darken when outside are allowed.
  • Hair must be clean, neat and tied or clipped back out of the face. Hair must be its natural color.
  • For safety reasons we discourage the wearing of jewelry. Piercing is allowed on the ears only; dangling earrings may not be worn by students at any time. Students in 2nd grade and under may not wear watches to school.
  • Students are not permitted to wear nail polish. (A bottle of fingernail polish remover is available in the office.)
  • Students in early childhood and lower elementary programs are not permitted to wear make-up. Students in grades 7 and 8 may wear light make-up in natural colors, tastefully applied as determined by their teacher.
  • Tattoos are prohibited. If of a temporary nature, they must be washed off prior to coming to school, and if permanent, they must be covered at all times.