DRESS CODE

The Board of Education recognizes the value of allowing individual student expression as well as the necessity of protecting student health and safety and maintaining an atmosphere conducive to education. Student dress code procedures must be designed with the goal of balancing these competing interests.

All dress code procedures will adhere to health and safety codes and comply with applicable law. Student attire that can be reasonably forecasted to either materially disrupt the educational environment or infringe upon the rights of other students to access and participate in a safe and welcoming educational environment will be prohibited. No procedure will impose dress and grooming rules based on gender in violation of Title IX. Procedures will specifically define ambiguous terms, and examples will be provided when practical.

 

Definitions

Cleavage Area: An area between the breasts exposed by a low-cut neckline

Midriff Area: An area between the chest and the abdomen

Undergarments: Clothing designed to be worn under other pieces of clothing. These include, but are not limited to, undershirts, tank-top undershirts, underpants, boxers, compression shorts or shirts, and bras, including bralettes and sport bras

Head Coverings: Include, but are not limited to, hats, sunglasses, visors, hoods, beanies, scarves, and bandanas

Procedure

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.

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.

 

Shirts:

  • 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.

 

Dresses/Shorts/Skirts/Skorts/Pants:

  • 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.

 

Other:

  • 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 materially 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 perceived as promoting intolerance, hatred, and/or a hostile educational environment or harassment/bullying on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national 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 promoting 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.

 

Violations

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 complying with the direction of the administrator may be considered insubordinate and subject to appropriate disciplinary action. The Superintendent/designee may enforce additional restrictions in order to maintain a safe and orderly environment.

Exceptions

Exceptions to the dress code for the purpose of school activities (i.e., spirit weeks, athletic game days, dances) are up to the discretion of the school administration