There is a definite relationship between good dress habits, good work habits, and proper student behavior; therefore, dress and grooming of students are proper concerns of school administrators and teachers. The school district recognizes that parents and students share the responsibility for proper student dress and appearance. Any type of dress or appearance (i.e. not limited to make up and/or hair color) which attracts undue attention to the student and creates a disturbance in the learning environment is in bad taste and is not acceptable.
The school district has established the following guidelines to aid parents and students in selecting the proper dress:
All students should use maturity and common sense in choosing their school attire. Cleanliness and overall hygiene should be practiced at all times; and hair should be clean, combed, and out of eyes.
All students are required to wear shoes.
Wearing earrings in pierced ears is acceptable. If any other part of the body is pierced, no instruments or jewelry may be worn in the exposed body part.
Paracord bracelets are prohibited.
Any type of clothing or accessories that are, in the opinion of the principal, obscene or suggestive is not acceptable. Clothing must be worn properly.
Tops/Shirts for each school will vary. School Colors below:
Clarkdale: maroon, gray, or white
Northeast: red, white, or gray
Southeast: red, white, or royal blue
West Lauderdale: red, white, black, or gray
Undershirts must be white or the same color as the approved school colors.
Short or long sleeve polo
Short or long sleeve oxford/blouse
Jumpers for elementary students
Shirts must be worn tucked into the pants on all boys (Exceptions may be made based on the principal’s discretion)
Sweaters must be worn over an approved top
Only pre-approved school logos will be allowed on tops
No brand logos
No sleeveless tops
No label, insignia, print, writing, or monogramming may appear on tops (other than the school insignia/logo or brand name for the clothing)
No head covering, such as caps, hats, hoods for grades K-12
Bottoms for Clarkdale, Northeast, Southeast and West Lauderdale:
Solid color-khaki or black
“Docker” style pants
“Docker” style shorts
Pants must be worn with a belt through the belt loops and properly fastened.
Belts must be worn with skirts/skorts/pants if belt loops are present on the skirts/skorts/pants.
All bottoms must be hemmed.
Pants must fit properly and cannot be more than one size too big.
Skirts, skorts, and shorts must not exceed 4 inches above the knee.
Uniform bottoms will be worn on Friday as well. No blue jeans.
No flair legs
No spandex, polyester, or other tight fitting bottoms
No warm up suits
No over-length styles
No holes, cuts, or tears are permitted
All shoes must be properly tied or fastened.
No house shoes/slippers/shower shoes / "heelies"
Jackets can be no longer than mid-thigh.
Lightweight jackets/sweaters should be in school colors [See page 61] (or solid black or solid khaki).
School letter jackets are allowed.
All jackets and coats must be in school colors [see page 61] (or solid black or solid khaki).
There can be no lettering on this outer wear. The logo on any jackets or coats can be no larger than two inches.
Elementary grades/Outer Wear (jackets, coats) will be at the principal's discretion.
No Dusters / Long coats.
Exceptions to the dress code
Students may wear an approved top that associates that student with an athletic team or activity group on a given day that corresponds with an event associated with a team sport or activity.
Students may wear approved apparel other than the approved dress code on days associated with special school functions or activities designated by the administration.
All guidelines concerning accessories are covered in the student handbook.
In all instances, the style and manner in which clothing is worn and the way in which clothing fits, will determine the appropriateness or inappropriateness of the dress code.
Students violating the dress code will not be allowed to attend class until appropriately dressed.
NOTE: If a student chooses to wear shorts to school, it is the responsibility of the parents and the students to select and purchase shorts that are appropriate for school. This means that the parents and students should choose the appropriate style and check the length to insure that they are at a minimum – no more than four (4) inches from the tops of the knees. If a student wears shorts that are shorter than this length, the student will be asked to change. This notice also applies to the length of girls’ skirts and dresses.
Students who do not follow the dress code will be disciplined as follows:
For the first violation, the student will receive a warning and must adhere to the dress code before returning to class.
For the second and all subsequent violations, the student will be put in in-school suspension.
Upon enrollment during the school year, a student will have five (5) school days in which to comply with the dress code. (Administration may grant additional time due to extenuating circumstances)