The Board and administration recognize the effects which student dress and grooming have upon student behavior and commitment to learning. The Board and administration further recognize the importance of personal rights and privileges of each individual student in the school system; however, individual rights stop where the rights of the group (the school) begin; no student has the right to dress or appear in such a manner that disrupts the teaching learning process. The Board
strongly believes it is the responsibility of students and parents /guardians to use reason, good judgment, and common decency in the choice of dress and physical grooming in the school setting. Therefore, it is believed that the following dress and appearance standards are essential to the
orderly operation of the schools of the School System on the basis of health, sanitation, safety, and prevention of disruptive appearances at school:
*Students must wear shoes; shoes that mark or damage floors will not be permitted; shoes that have wheels or other attachments may not be worn;
*Hats/caps/toboggans/sock caps/bandannas are not to be worn inside buildings;
*Dark glasses may be worn only with a doctor’s prescription;
*Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be appropriate for school; those that are tight fitting and/or unreasonable in length may not be worn;
*Belts and pants must be fastened at the waist; overalls must be properly fastened and buttoned;
*Clothing or personal items associated with gang affiliation or gang activity are prohibited;
*Clothing should be in good taste for the age, maturity, and size of the student; apparel which renders one's appearance as suggestive or indecent is prohibited;
*No midriffs may be exposed at any time; no undergarments are to be exposed;
*Slogans, symbols, patches, and obscene writings which are disruptive or suggestive are prohibited.
The Principal or his/her designee has the authority to determine inappropriate or unacceptable dress. When the dress or appearance of the individual student disrupts the teaching learning process, the Principal has the authority to take disciplinary action.