• Dress Code

    A. Philosophy.

    The Clarke County Board of Education recognizes that students desire to dress in a manner which suits their personal preferences and tastes or those of their parents.  However, the Board also recognizes that the manner in which students dress can have a disruptive effect on the educational environment in a school, adversely affect student learning, and present risks which threaten the health, safety, security, and well-being of students and faculty alike.  Therefore, the Board establishes this student dress code policy as a means of providing an environment that enables all students to maximize their educational opportunities.

     B. Applicability.

    1. This policy is applicable to all students of the Clarke County School District.  It is applicable during the school day, during any before-school and after-school activities, while on any school bus or other transportation provided by the District, during any school-sponsored activity or event wherever located, and during any other activity sponsored by or associated with any school or the school District.
    2. Consistent and uniform enforcement of this policy is essential and is required of all schools and all District and school officials.

     

    Uniforms will be optional during the 2021-2022 school year.  However, all students are expected to abide by the dress code as follows:

    C. General Criteria.

    1. During school hours or at school activities, students are expected to be clean, neat, and appropriately dressed at all times.  
    2. During school hours or at school activities, students should wear appropriate footwear.   (Flip flops, slides,  and bedroom shoes are not appropriate.)
    3. During school hours or at school activities, students shall not wear clothing with slit(s) or hole(s).  (Frayed area(s) and patched holes are not appropriate.)
    4. During school hours or at school activities, students may wear skirts, shorts, skorts, or dresses that fall below fingertip length when arms are held loosely at the side.
    5. During school hours or at school activities, students shall not wear tank shirts, halter tops, shirts or dresses with spaghetti straps.   In addition, tops that expose cleavage, the midriffs, strapless dresses or see-through clothing are not appropriate during school hours or at school activities.
    6. During school hours or at school activities, tails of shirts shall be worn at wrist level or above.  During school hours or at school activities, students shall wear pants belted at the natural waistline. There will be no exposure of clothing designed and sold as undergarments during school hours.
    7. Students may wear leggings provided a dress or top is worn over the leggings.  The length of the dress or top worn over the leggings must fall below the fingertip length when arms are held loosely at the side.
    8. During school hours or at school activities, students may not wear clothing in a manner inconsistent with the intended design (Examples: bandanas used as belts, etc.).
    9. During school hours or at school activities, students shall not wear clothing displaying obscene or suggestive slogans or shirts with pictures or patches displaying illegal substances for minors. (Examples: symbols of drugs, tobacco products or alcoholic beverages, etc.)
    10. During School hours or at school activities, students shall not wear clothing which displays or implies profane, vulgar, obscene or racially offensive language.
    11. During school hours or at school activities, students shall not display emblems, insignias, writing graphics, pictures, badges, tattoos or other symbols where the effect is to cause disruption or interference with the operation of the school.
    12. During school hours or at school activities, students shall not wear hats, sunglasses, caps, visors, sweatbands, skull caps, do rags, headbands or bandanas. (All hats and caps shall be properly stored during the school day)
    13. During school hours or at school activities, students may not wear chains hanging from wallets or clothing.

    D. Dress Code Violations.

    1. Enforcement of this dress code shall begin on the first day of each school year.
    2. During the first five days of each school year, students in violation of the dress code shall be advised of the violation and asked to make the correction.
    3. After the first five days of school, students in violation of the dress code will be required to make corrections.  Students who do not have appropriate clothing, will be provided with a school uniform.