District dress code to remain business casual

To make it easier for staff to stay safe as the reentry process continues, Dallas ISD will observe a business casual dress code that includes scrubs, starting Sept. 8.

In response to feedback from employees concerning the challenges of aligning work attire with safety protocols, the district will follow a business casual dress code. This dress code will allow employees to feel more at ease and comfortable while implementing safety and cleaning protocols as they perform their work duties.

In accordance with district policy, please remember that the business casual dress code does not mean unkempt and does not allow for inappropriate apparel. To guide you in determining what is business casual clothing, the dress code guidelines can be found below. During specific occasions and for formal meetings, employees will be expected to wear standard business attire. Please consult with your supervisor to determine appropriate attire for your job and the various business needs of the department.

The dress code will be reevaluated every quarter and may be subject to change.


2020-2021 Dress Code Guidelines

Business Casual


  • Business casual includes clothing that is comfortable and neatly put together while communicating professionalism.
  • Business casual may differ based on the various business needs of the department. Please consult with your department supervisor to determine appropriate attire for your job.
  • Certain events on the District’s calendar may require employees in a specific department or location to wear business attire instead of the business casual look.
  • Take your workday schedule into account when considering your attire for the day. If you have a meeting scheduled with the public or vendors, you may need to wear business attire.
  • Administrators will have the discretion to make exceptions to appropriateness of attire as it relates to culture, religious beliefs, vocational courses, physical education, maintenance, medical necessities, events, and spirit days.
  • Employees required to wear District-issued uniforms are expected to wear the assigned uniform.


Acceptable Attire

  • Clothing should be clean, pressed and wrinkle-free, without holes or frayed areas.
  • All attire should fit appropriately (not excessively tight or excessively loose).
  • Footwear – Loafers, boots, flats, sandals, and leather deck shoes are acceptable.
  • Slacks – Nice pants or cotton slacks.
  • Shirts – Blouses, casual shirts, and golf shirts are acceptable.
  • Dresses and skirts – Casual dresses and skirts appropriate for an office environment are acceptable.


Unacceptable Attire

  • Inappropriate attire includes, but is not limited to, form-fitting, snug, sagging, or transparent clothing.
  • Excessively worn, faded, or tight clothing is not acceptable.
  • Revealing or provocative attire is not acceptable.
  • Slippers, flip-flops, house shoes, sneakers, and athletic shoes are not acceptable.
  • Jeans, sweatpants, shorts, bib overalls, leggings, spandex, and lycra are not acceptable.
  • Tank tops and shirts or t-shirts with inappropriate messages/graphics are not acceptable.
  • Dresses and skirts shorter than three inches above the bend of the knee are not acceptable.
  • Gym clothes and beach wear are not acceptable.

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