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Manteca Unified students must abide by school dress code rules
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Freshmen on the first day of school last year at Lathrop High. - photo by 209 file photo

There are dos and don’ts at Manteca Unified when it comes to the dress code for the district’s 23,500 students.

Baseball caps and beanies, for example, must be school-approved while sporting the home school logo.

“Baseball caps must be worn in such a manner as to provide protection from the sun facing forward,” said the 2015-16 MUSD dress code.

The first day of the new school year is Thursday. By now, most parents are aware of the policy for dressing and grooming.

Girls may not wear hoop earrings larger than a 50 cent piece or any jewelry that could interfere with safe participation in school activities.

Clothing should be sufficient enough to conceal undergarments at all times.

“See-through or fish net fabrics, halter tops, off the shoulder, tops less than two inches  wide at the shoulder, low-cut tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh and other like garments are prohibited,” according to the dress code.

As for shoe wear, flip-flops are no-no. Yet sandals are OK as long as they have  back strap.

The dress code specifies that shoes provide foot protection, thus, allowing for safe participation in all school activities and therefore must be worn at all times.

Here’s a brief description on other parts of the policy:

uClothing, accessories, and jewelry are prohibited from featuring any writing, pictures, symbols, or other insignia deemed crude, vulgar, profane, obscene, libelous, slanderous, or sexually suggestive. Students may not wear clothing that promotes sex, the use of tobacco, drugs, alcohol or any unlawful act.

uHair may not be sprayed by any coloring that would drip when wet. Temporary hair coloring and skin marking are also prohibited.

uNo clothing or article of clothing (bandannas, shoestrings, wristbands, belts or jewelry) affiliated to a group or gang which may provoke other to acts of violence.

uPants are required to be sized to fit the waist in order not to sag. Pajama pants are also against the policy.

uBanned is any clothing, apparel, or attire that could be used as a weapon or damage school property. Examples of this are steel-toed boots, chains, or items with spikes or studs.

District officials, meanwhile, believe it’s the responsibility of both parents and the school to help students for the purpose of developing social responsible dress and grooming necessary to create a positive and safe learning environment.

Those in violation will be asked to call home for a change of clothes.

Repeat violators of the dress code policy could face further disciplinary action or even a suspension.

Call MUSD at 209.825.3200 or log on to