Dress Code

  • All middle schools in the Salinas Union High School District have Board-adopted, mandatory school uniforms. Uniforms were adopted to improve school safety, decrease antisocial behavior, and improve student self-esteem.


          1. SHIRTS: Solid white collared shirt, polo shirt, or collared blouse must be neatly tucked

    1. Collared shirt must be the outer shirt. Undershirts must be solid black or white.
    2. No sleevesless tops or T-shirts
    3. No inside-out tops; no sheer/see-through fabrics
    4. Students may wear shirts earned through participation in ESMS programs, clubs, or activities such as Renaissance.
    5. No logos, regardless of size or color

          2. PANTS: Solid black pants, slacks, skirts, or shorts

    1. No sweat/jogging pants, sports pants or sports shorts; no spandex or leggings                                  
    2. Solid black denim and stitching is allowed; no stonewashed jeans, colored stitching or tags.
    3. Knee length dress shorts are allowed
    4. No baggy or saggy clothing
    5. No torn, cut, or ragged clothing
    6. Pants must be 1 inch above the floor
    7. Skirts should extend beyond the knee
    8. No slit skirts

          3. JACKETS, SWEATSHIRTS, SWEATERS: Black, white, gray (or any combination of these colors ONLY)

    1. ESMS approved sweatshirts may be worn
    2. No designs, insignias, or logos, regardless of size or color
    3. No inside-out sweatshirts or sweaters
    4. No sports team logos, jackets, sweatshirts, or sweaters allowed

          4. BELTS: Solid black or solid white

    1. No initials or other symbols
    2. No excess belt endings hanging

          5. SHOES AND SOCKS: Black, white, gray, gold shoes (or any combination or these colors ONLY)

    1. No open-heels, open-toe shoes or sandals; no steel-toed boots/shoes
    2. Socks may be black, white, or gray only; laces must be black or white.
    3. The sloes of shoes must be black, white, or gray

          6. JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES: Black, white, or natural metals

    1. No insignias, logos, or labels except the official ESMS logo
    2. Scrunchies, hair clips, bows, etc. must be black, white, or natural metal.

          7. HEADGEAR, GLOVES, AND SCARVES: Black and/or white ONLY

    1. No hats, beanies, bandanas, hairnets, sunglasses, etc.
    2. Sweatshirts/jacket hoods must be off the head, unless outside in inclement weather.
    3. Clothing and hats/caps determined to be gang related or inappropriate are prohibited.
    4. ESMS approved scarves or black and/or white scarves may be worn

          8. BACKPACKS AND BINDERS: Black and/or white backpacks; solid black or solid white binders

    1. No backpacks or binders with gang affiliation
    2. No insignias, logos, writing, or graffiti on backpacks or binders


    When a student is out of uniform, he/she may contact a parent to bring the proper uniform, or will need to wear a loaner uniform available through the Community Liaison. Reoccuring uniform violations will result in disciplinary consequences.