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The responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rests primarily with the student and their parents or guardians. 


  • Students must wear clothing including both a shirt with pants, shorts (5" inseam minimum) or skirt/dress (relaxed shoulder fingertip length, 18" minimum), or the equivalent and shoes. 

  • Shirts and dresses must have fabric in the front and on the sides.

  • Clothing must cover undergarments, waistbands and bra straps

  • Fabrics covering all private parts must not be transparent or see through.

  • Hats and other head wear must allow the face to be visible and not interfere with the line of sight to any student or staff. Hoodies must allow the students face and ears to be visible to staff.

  • Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including physical education, science labs, wood shop, and other activities where unique hazards exist.

  • Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear. 


  • Clothing MAY NOT depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances. 

  • Clothing MAY NOT depict pornography, nudity or sexual acts.

  • Clothing MAY NOT use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected groups. 

  • Clothing, including gang identifiers, must not threaten the health or safety of any other student or staff.

  • The carrying of chains or chains connected to wallets are prohibited.  

  • If the student's attire or grooming threatens the health or safety of any other person, then discipline for dress or grooming violations should be consistent with discipline policies for similar violations.

MCAA protects the rights of its employees and students to maintain natural hair or hairstyles that are closely associated with their racial, ethnic, or cultural identities. For Black people, this includes the right to maintain natural hair, treated or untreated hairs such as locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state. 

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