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Employee Dress Code


TERRELL ISD EMPLOYEE DRESS & GROOMING (Administrative Guideline) The dress and grooming of District employees shall be clean, neat, in a manner appropriate for their assignments and in accordance with any additional standards by their supervisors and approved by the Superintendent. The classroom teacher and other staff should always exemplify high standards of personal appearance and physical characteristics, which are conducive to effective teaching and learning. Students view their teachers as role models; therefore, it is incumbent upon all employees to portray the best possible image in the community of Terrell. All personnel will be expected to dress in a manner that is becoming and fashionable to the teaching (educational) profession. A teacher's attire should always reflect the respect he/she has for himself/herself and others. It should also be of such a nature as to elicit respect from students and generally teach respect for authority. All clothing must be cleaned and pressed.

  • All tattoos must be covered and hidden from view.
  • Jewelry used in conjunction with body piercing such as nose rings, lip rings, eyebrow rings, gages of any kind, and tongue studs are prohibited.
  • Employees' hair shall be clean and well groomed at all times and shall not obstruct vision. No extreme style or color shall be allowed. No symbols, letters, or extreme designs cut in the hair shall be permitted. No ponytails, ducktails, rat-tails, or puffballs shall be allowed on male employees. Male employees' hair length shall not extend beyond the collar of the shirt.
  • Mustaches must not extend past the corners of the mouth. Mustaches and beards are to be well groomed, trimmed, and maintained. Sideburn length shall not extend beyond the bottom of the ear.
  • Female employees must not wear skirts, skorts, or dresses that are more than three inches above the knee or have a slit that is cut more than three inches above the knee.
  • Women's clothing should not be revealing in cut, style, or material. No halter-tops or tank tops are allowed. Sleeveless tops are allowed as long as they are covered at all times.
  • Cotton and knit pants are permitted as long as they are not tight fitting. Pants should not be worn above the mid-calf. No spandex/stretch pants, stirrup pants, or warm-ups are allowed.
  • Coaching shorts/wind suits may only be worn during athletic/P.E. instructional periods. During classroom instruction, PE/coaching staff must follow the employee dress code.
  • Ked-type shoes and sandals are allowed if they are clean and well kept. No flip-flops, rubber or foam shoes, house shoes or crocs are allowed. Dress casual shoes are appropriate.
  • Belts are required in all clothing that has belt loops.
  • Male instructional staff shall be expected to wear slacks and collared shirts or sweaters. Ties are recommended, and sport coats and suits are encouraged, but not required.
  • Shorts, sweatshirts, jeans, and wind suits may be worn on days with prior approval by the principal. Clothing for fieldtrips, field days, and other "special" days are subject to principal approval.
  • Fridays will be designated as "Tiger Spirit" day. Staff may wear appropriate jeans, a dress code colored shirt or a Tiger Spirit Shirt.
  • Teachers who work in special classroom situations, i.e. FUTURE, etc. will be addressed by the principal. (Scrubs will be appropriate attire for teachers designated by the principal.)
  • The principal or immediate supervisor will address any dress perceived unprofessional.
Employees may dress according to the designated student standard of dress. Nursing Professional Dress and Grooming Guidelines Nursing will follow the Terrell ISD Employee Dress and Grooming Guidelines as outlined in the TISD Employee Handbook with the following exceptions:
  • A nurse may wear "scrubs" as a uniform when working in the clinic.
  • If a nurse is wearing her "scrubs" or other nursing uniform she/he will be allowed to wear athletic type tennis shoes provided they are clean and well kept.
  • TISD dress code will be followed when attire other than "scrubs" is worn. A "scrub jacket" or lab coat must be worn when any clothing other than "scrubs" (both top and bottom) is worn.




Salaries & Benefits


2020-21 Salary Schedule Teachers, Librarians, Nurses 2020-21 Pay Ranges INSURANCE Group health insurance coverage is provided through TRS-ActiveCare, the statewide public school health insurance program. The district’s contribution to employee insurance premiums is determined annually by the board of trustees. Employees eligible for health insurance coverage include:

  • Employees who are active, contributing TRS members, or
  • Employees who are regularly scheduled to work at least 10 hours per week
The insurance plan year is from September 1 through August 31. For additional information, contact: TISD Business Office 700 N. Catherine Street 972-563-7504 Or TRS-ActiveCare, 800-222-9205 A new hire in a TRS-covered position who is a TRS member on his or her actively-at-work date enrolls for coverage within 31 days after the actively-at-work date. The employee's effective date is the employee's choice of: (1) his or her actively-at-work date, or (2) the first of the month following the employee's actively-at-work date. 2019-2020 TRS ActiveCare Rates CAFETERIA PLAN BENEFITS Employees may be eligible to participate in the Cafeteria Plan (Section 125) and, under IRS regulations, must either accept or reject this benefit. This plan enables eligible employees to pay certain insurance premiums on a pretax basis, i.e., disability, accidental death and dismemberment, cancer and dread disease, dental and additional term life insurance. A third party administrator handles employee claims made on these accounts. TEACHER RETIREMENT All personnel employed on a regular basis for one half or more of the standard full-time workload are eligible for membership in the Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS). CONTACT INFORMATION Teacher Retirement System of Texas: 1000 Red River St. Austin, Texas 78701 512-542-6400 or 1-800-223-8778 TRS TDD 512-542-6444 or 1-800-841-4497 Insurance Questions: Martha Andrade Benefits Specialist 972.563.7504 x3360 Payroll Questions: Karen Wardlaw Payroll Specialist 972.563.7504 x3323




Substitute Teaching


Thank you for your interest in substitute teaching in Terrell ISD. We strive to employ the most qualified substitutes; therefore, those applicants with valid teaching certificates will be considered first. In addition to substitute teachers, Terrell ISD utilizes substitutes for paraprofessional clerical staff, classroom instructional assistants and our nursing staff. ​​ Applicants who match our qualifications will be contacted via email and invited to attend a new substitute workshop. All substitutes are required to be fingerprinted in accordance with Senate Bill 9. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact: Carmen Davila 972.563.7504 carmen.davila@terrellisd.org