Student Dress Code

County-Wide Dress Policy

Student Dress

     Students are expected to dress in a manner that is appropriate for a learning environment and a school setting. Health, safety, decency, and the prevention of distractions were the primary concerns in the development of the dress code for the Dale County Schools. Failure to comply with the guidelines will result in penalties ranging from a warning to suspension. In addition, the student will be required to come into compliance before being allowed to attend class or classes.

     No code can be all-inclusive. There may be a situation that arises, which is not covered in this code. In these situations, the principal or his/her designee will deal with these on an individual basis.


 The Student Dress Code includes the following restrictions and/or requirements: 


Pants: (Boys and Girls)

                  1.  All pants (including shorts and skirts) will be worn appropriately.

                  2.  If pants have belt loops, belts will be worn.  There will be NO sagging.

3.  No sweat pants or PE shorts are allowed unless participating in Physical Education or athletics; wind suits are permissible.

                  4. Pajama-style pants are not allowed.

                  5.  Pants with tears or holes above the knee that show skin are not allowed.

                  6.  Pants with writing on the seat are not permissible.

7.  Leggings/Yoga Pants can be worn if the skirt/dress hem or long top touches the top of the knee


1. Shorts worn at mid-thigh (fingertip rule) are permissible in grades K-6, but there is to be no writing on the seat.

                  2. Knee-length skirts, dresses, skorts, and shorts that the bottom hem touches the knee will be allowed in grades 7-12.


For safety reasons, pants, shorts, and skirt pockets must be visible.  Shirttails must be tucked into pants, shorts, or skirts.  The following types of shirts or tops are not allowed:

                  1.  Shirts or tops that expose the midriff when arms are fully extended above the student’s head.

                  2.  Sleeveless shirts or tops for male students.

3.  Shirts, tops, or sweaters worn by female students that expose undergarments or are immodest.

4.  Strapless tops, mesh tops, spaghetti strap tops, tank tops, immodestly tight or revealing tops.  The top should cover the width of the shoulder


Clothing, tattoos, jewelry, hats, medical facial coverings which contain profane, immoral, or distracting words or drawings, references to drugs, alcohol, gangs, tobacco products, or any type of distracting or disruptive comments or symbols, are not allowed.  Flags worn as capes or drapes are not allowed.


                  1.  Facial or tongue jewelry is not allowed.

                  2.  Excessive/distracting/dangling ear jewelry is not to be worn by males or females.

3.  Dog collars, chains, bracelets with studs or spikes, and long and /or heavy necklaces are not allowed.

4.  Jewelry in the mouth or on the teeth, unless prescribed by a physician or dentist, is not allowed.

Other clothing-related guidelines:

                  1.  Bandanas or other gang-related clothing, etc. are not allowed.

2.  No article of clothing may be worn in a gang-related manner (i.e. cocked caps, towels, rags, strings, etc.)

3.  Caps, hats, sweatbands, scarves, or other similar headwear are not allowed to be worn inside the building unless prescribed by a physician. (Caps may be worn outside with bill forward.)

4.  Sunglasses are not allowed to be worn inside the building unless prescribed by a physician.

5.  Combs, hair picks, hair socks, or curlers are not allowed to be worn.

6.  Hairstyles or hair colors that cause distractions to the learning environment are not allowed.  Principal (or his/her designee) discretion.

7.  Suspender straps must be worn on the shoulder as designed.

8.  Belts must be fastened and positioned completely within the belt loops with no belt excess hanging down.

9.  Trench coats/Long coats are not allowed.


                  1.  Shoes must be worn at all times.

                  2.  Bedroom shoes/house slippers or shower shoes are not allowed.

                  3.  Shoes must be Velcroed or tied at all times.


Discipline for Dress Code Violations

Dress Violation


* 1st Offense


2nd Offense

Corporal pun., detention, or ISS/parent con.

3rd Offense

Saturday School

4th Offense

OSS - 1 day

Additional Offenses

OSS - up to 3 days


* Students will be sent home when corrections cannot be made at school.