School Policies

John Muir Middle School 2017-18 Uniform Policy and Dress Code

Please use this guide when shopping for your John Muir uniform. All uniform clothing must be clean and size appropriate. Size appropriate clothing is clothing that is within one size of the student’s actual fitted size. Students out of uniform will be required to wear loaner uniform clothing. Students are to wear their school uniforms to and from school and at all times during the school day.

The colors Red and Blue are prohibited. All variations of the two colors (baby blue, maroon, and teal) are also prohibited.

Students attending field trips or school sponsored off campus activities shall wear school uniforms, unless otherwise advised.

• Polo Shirt (white, purple or forest green)
• Long or short sleeve
• May be worn alone
• Appropriately sized
• T-Shirt must have school logo
• T-Shirts may be purchased at school or through PTSA

Undershirt (worn under school shirt)
• Must be white, forest green, black, purple, or a school T-Shirt
• Short sleeve or long sleeve
• Thermals and turtlenecks are undershirts and may only be white, white, forest green, or purple

Sweatshirts / Jackets / Fleece / Sweater
• Forest green, purple, black, grey, or white sweatshirts (only sweatshirts with the school logo may include other colors)
• No designs or labels other than school logos
• Uniform shirt must be worn underneath
• Unless it is raining, hoods may not be worn on campus, and never in classrooms/buildings.
• Must not have team names or designs (including youth organizations, professional sports teams, or large logos.

• Black (without designs)
• Must be worn at the waist, appropriately sized, no see-thru materials. Waist is 1 inch below belly button.
• Extra wide, extra-long, baggy, or pants that are sagging are not allowed
• Pants must not have rips, tears, or holes; and must not bunch at the shoe or drag on the ground

• Buckles must be plain in design
• Solid colors; black, brown, tan, gray, white, purple, yellow or forest green

• Black
• Appropriately sized, no cutoffs, baggy/oversized shorts, or athletic shorts
• Must be worn at the waist line
• Short length must be appropriate. No shorter than 2” above the knee or 2” below the knee

• Pleated Columbia plaid/ twill or cotton
• Skirts must sit at natural waist
• No more than 2” above the knee, and skirts cannot be rolled
• Tights and leggings (white, black, gray or green) may be worn under skirts

Free Dress / Dance Dress
• No dominant red or blue clothes, or accessories
• No midriff showing
• No spaghetti straps or strapless tops
• No short shorts or mini skirts
• No hats
• No backpacks at Dances

• Must not be any shade of red or blue
• Must not have inscriptions or logos, except original manufacturer’s tags
• No writing, symbols, tagging, sharpies period.

Shoes, Shoelaces, Socks, and Accessories
• Shoes must be a solid color, and must not be red or blue
• All shoes must be slip on or lace up style
• No hats or ball caps
• Beanies must be John Muir beanies
• No flip flops or slippers
• Students may wear shoelaces and socks that represent school colors (purple and gold)
• Hair accessories and jewelry cannot be any shades of red or blue

The Resource Center has gently used clothes available that meet the uniform policy expectations. Opting out of the school uniform policy is a year by year request and must be made in writing to Principal Jeannette Harding and verified by Administration before being recognized.

John Muir School uniform clothing can be purchased at:
Imagination Embroidery & Uniforms
5877 Winfield Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95123

Physical Education clothing may be purchased at:
California Sport Design
2878 South Bascom Ave.
San Jose, CA 95124

Dance Eligibility

In order for John Muir students to attend the school dances, certain eligibility requirements must be met.  If they do not meet the requirements, they are placed on the “No Dance List” the week of the dance.

No Dance List:
Students may be placed on the No Dance List for any of the following reasons:
• A suspension any time within the Semester,
• Non attendance to Friday/Saturday School, or
• 3 or more RC referrals with in the Semester

The No Dance List is published the day before and the day of the dance. It is posted on the Attendance Office window. Students may view the list before school, during lunch, and after school.


The regular and punctual attendance of students is expected, encouraged and as necessary, enforced.  The California Education Code and the Welfare and Institution Code provide that legal action may be taken against a student and /or parent when a student is truant.  California Education Code 48200 requires compulsory, full-time education for all children ages 6-18.

California Education Code 48260: “Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30 minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.”  As a result of the violation of Ed Code 48620, San Jose Unified School District may declare your student legally truant.  Further steps may include a referral to the San Jose Unified School Attendance Review Board (SARB) or to a District Attorney (DA) Mediation session.

Electronic Devices

The San Jose Unified School District Board has determined that students may possess or use personal electronic signaling devices including but not limited to pagers, beepers, and cellular/digital phones, except those devices with the capability to capture digital images and/or take photographs of any kind shall be prohibited. (BP 5131) Cellular phones and pagers must be turned off during class (prohibition on text messaging, ringing or vibrating). Check your SJUSD student’s school policies for their specific rules and regulations concerning cell phone and IPod use while on campus. Students may have the cellular phone and pager turned on is when a licensed physician or surgeon has determined it is essential for the pupil’s health to have immediate use of the cellular phone for a medical emergency. Electronic devices are portable music devices (i.e. IPod, MP3, CD, tape players, and external speakers); laser pointers, Game Boys or other electronic game devices should be left at home. If a disruption occurs, the school district employee shall direct the student to turn off the device and/or confiscate it. If a school district employee finds it necessary to confiscate a device, he/she may either return it at the end of the class period or school day or keep it until the principal or designee has consulted with the student’s parent/guardian. A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possessing a personal electronic device at school or school- related events Schools are not responsible for lost or stolen IPOD’s or cell phones. The videoing or picture taking of any fight or inappropriate behavior may result in suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary action.