Dress Code Policy

  1. Dress Code: Good personal appearance, appropriate dress, proper behavior, and cleanliness are vital to each member of the school community. Developing good tastes in attire, good grooming habits, and good behavior are a part of the educational program. Students of the Laurens County School System are expected to dress in a manner that is supportive of a positive learning environment that is free of distractions and disruptions. There is a direct correlation between student dress and student behavior. Students will be expected to observe modes of dress, styles of hair, and personal grooming which support the learning environment. The purpose of this dress code is to assure that consistency and interpretation is implemented county-wide, thus providing equitable treatment for all students. In making a judgment concerning the appropriateness of a student’s dress or grooming, the principal should adhere to the guidelines set forth in the procedures that accompany this policy. The principal of the school is charged with the enforcement of the student dress code. Students who are found to be in violation of the dress code are subject to disciplinary action.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL (6-12) 

  • All items of clothing should be clean and appropriate for school. They should not be too tight, improperly revealing, or allow undergarments to be seen. 
  • Garments, jewelry, or articles of clothing should not display emblems related to alcohol, illegal or abusive substances, gangs, violence, sex, or obscenities. Clothing must be free of words or symbols that are offensive or demeaning to others. This guideline applies to clothing worn at any school function. 
  • Shorts and skirts must reach the top of the knee while standing. 
  • If leggings are worn in place of pants, the shirt must extend to midway between fingertip length and the top of the knee while standing. 
  • Guidelines for shorts and skirts apply even if leggings are being worn beneath the shorts or skirt. 
  • Holes in jeans, pants, shorts, or skirts must be below the required shorts length and modest in size. Holes above the specified short/skirt/dress length are unauthorized. 
  • Shoulder straps on shirts with no sleeves must be 3” wide. 
  • Shirts must be long enough to tuck in. Midriffs and undergarments must be covered. 
  • Shorts, pants, and skirts must be worn at waist level. Clothing should be properly fitted to prevent sagging of pants or shorts. 
  • Pants should not extend below the heel of the shoe. Sagging, extremely baggy or wide pant legs, which present a safety hazard, are not to be worn at school. 
  • Hats, caps, sweatbands, bandanas, sunglasses, goggles, or other head coverings are not permitted in the building. 
  • Shoes must be worn at all times and should be appropriate for school activities. (For example, bedroom shoes and cleats are not permitted at school.) 
  • Pajamas, sleep or loungewear are prohibited. 
  • Long/trench coats are prohibited. 

**NOTE: Certain school environments or classes may require more restrictive dress due to safety issues. (Ex.: CTAE classes, science labs, physical education) Students are expected to comply with safety guidelines. Student dress and appearance are the responsibility of the student and parent. All teachers and administrators will enforce the dress code on a daily basis.

Dress Code Discipline1st and 2nd Offenses: Student will be allowed to change.  If student does not have appropriate clothing, he/she will sit in ISS until clothing is brought to school.  3rd offense: Parent will be contacted and the student will be given a formal discipline referral. 4th and 5th Offenses:  Student will finish current day in ISS and be OSS the next day.  6th offense: Suspended until tribunal hearing.