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Students of Carroll County Public Schools are required to groom themselves in a manner that is not disruptive to the educational process and is reflective of a learning environment. Students are expected to abide by this dress code from their arrival to the school building to the defined ending of the school day as well as at any school-sponsored or school-sanctioned event. The requirements include, but are not limited to:

Head Coverings:

Be removed upon entering the school building, unless approved for religious or medical reasons.

Certain headbands, scrunchies, and folded bandanas, which are used to hold hair in place and do not cover the entire head, are permitted.

One’s face must be visible at all times.



Shall reasonably cover the back, the cleavage area, and the entire midriff area.

See-through or mesh shirts are not permitted, unless worn in conjunction with an appropriate top.



Shall cover the entire buttocks and private areas while the student is sitting, standing, and bending over.

Pants shall cover undergarments at all times; that is, the waistline of the pants shall be on the upper hips.



Appropriate shoes shall be worn.

No bedroom slippers or pajamas shall be worn.

Clothing that may endanger health or safety, that may be used as a weapon, or that may cause damage to property shall not be worn.

Undergarments shall not be worn as outerwear or be visible through outergarments.

Clothing shall not be worn that would lead school officials to reasonably believe that such attire will materi-ally disrupt, interfere with, disturb, or distract from school activities, the safe operation of the school, or the rights of other students to access and participate in a safe and welcoming educational environment.

Clothing shall not convey advertisements for or promote the use of condoms or other birth control devices, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or the unlawful use of weapons, stated or implied.

Clothing shall not convey profanity or symbols/messages depicting, implying, or which are reasonably per-ceived as promoting intolerance, hatred, and/or a hostile educational environment or harrassment/ bullying on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or na-tional origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, Confederate Battle Flags and swastikas.

Clothing and accessories shall not depict symbols/messages of groups which are generally recognized as pro-moting intolerance, hatred, and harassment/bullying, such as the Ku Klux Klan or Aryan nation.

Clothing shall not convey establishments or products whose names can be directly interpreted or construed as carrying a “double meaning” involving sexual innuendo, gang symbols, or sexual activity.

Body art, whether permanent or temporary, which would otherwise violate this policy if depicted on attire, must be completely covered during the school day or at any school-sponsored or school-sanctioned event.



All student dress code violations shall be addressed in a respectful manner. When possible, a student’s dress code concerns shall be addressed by a staff member of the student’s gender identity.

A student found wearing inappropriate clothing will be asked to change or remove the item, and will be given an opportunity to do so. Should the student not be able to change or remove the item, clothing may be provided by the individual school. Student failure to cooperate will be referred to an administrator. Any student not comply-ing with the direction of the administrator may be considered insubordinate and subject to appropriate discipli-nary action. The Superintendent/designee may enforce additional restrictions in order to maintain a safe and orderly environment.