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Student Dress Code

Halloween Costume Guidelines

Halloween is a holiday that is celebrated by many students and staff. We have a full day of instruction planned on October 31st and we want to ensure that all students are safe and dressed appropriately for school. In addition to our established dress code (Inserted below for your reference), the additional guidelines exist on Halloween or when wearing costumes:

  1. No Masks
  2. No Fake or Real Weapons
  3. No Offensive costumes, If you’re unsure if you’re costume is offensive, watch this short video clip
  4. Your costume can not take up more space than the desk, no lights, and no odor.Students wearing disrupting clothing will be asked to change immediately. We recommend you bring an extra pair of clothes even if your costume is appropriate, it may be uncomfortable to wear all day.

Student Dress at MHS: “Let’s be a Class Act.”

Students are to appear at school in compliance with state laws, the rules and regulations of the State board of Education, and policies, rules, and regulations of the Board of Trustees of the Northern Humboldt Union High School district. As such, students are to be neat and clean on entering school. All students who go to school without proper attention having been given to personal cleanliness or neatness of dress may be sent home, to be properly prepared for school, or shall be required to prepare themselves for the classroom before entering.


The McKinleyville High School Dress Code is as follows:

Students at MHS are permitted to wear the following:

  • Jeans/pants with non excessive rips or holes in them
  • Shirts with an open shoulder; must have some kind of strap
  • Shirts with an open back; must cover at least ¾ of the students back
  • Shirts showing one inch of midriff or below belly button
  • Shirts with the sleeves cut off or tank tops (Can not be cut off past armpits)
  • Skirts and shorts down to mid thigh/hands and finger tip lengths, must wear non-see through leggings underneath skirts or shorts that may not reach the end of your finger tips. Wearing leggings does not automatically allow for you to wear shorts or skirts that are above your fingertips.  
  • Some sort of footwear must be worn unless permitted otherwise

Students at MHS are not permitted to wear the following:

  • Backless shirts
  • Shirts with more than the sleeves cut off
  • Clothing with explicit content on it; alcohol, tobacco, drugs, drug inferences, firearms, sexual content, hate speech or hateful inferences.
  • Bandannas to show an affiliation with a violent or unsafe group
  • Pants that sag to show undergarments

If you choose to not be a “class act” at MHS, someone will choose the following consequence for you:

  • Change clothes (Call Home)
  • Sent home to change clothes (Call Home)
  • Office referral (consistent defiance of dress code) (Call Home)
  • In school suspension (consistent defiance of dress code) (Call Home)