Dress Code

The Cobb County School District recognizes that the dress and grooming of students both individually and collectively are significant factors in the successful operations of our educational program. We believe that one of the educational responsibilities of the school is to help make students aware that appropriate appearances and hygiene are conducive to the well being of themselves and others.

Each student will be expected to maintain a standard of dress and grooming that is consistent with the level of formality of the school situation. We seek the assistance of parents in monitoring their child(ren)’s clothing to ensure that it is appropriate to the classroom.

Clothing which is distracting, disruptive, or creates an unsafe situation may not be worn to school. If a child is not appropriately dressed, a parent may be contacted. The dress code applies to all school functions.

These minimum standards should help define appropriate school dress:

·         Clothing must be modest and not revealing or provocative. Tank tops and halters are not permitted. Cleavage must not show. Short shorts and cutoffs are not permitted.

·         Clothing must be worn as it was intended - overalls secured over both shoulders, pants with both legs down etc.

·         Clothing must not reveal underwear. Shirts/Dresses must not be see-through or reveal the midriff.

·         No sagging pants; all pants will be worn at the waist.

·         No pajama pants or house slippers.

·         Spandex-type pants or bike shorts are not allowed.

·         No headgear (hats, stocking caps, do-rags, bandanas, forehead bands and hoods) is to be worn inside the building.

·         Students may not wear clothing that displays or advertises obscene slogans or signs, profanity, gang symbols, gang related materials or any substance illegal for minors, such as beer, tobacco, etc.

·         Clothing or ornamentation advocating, promoting, or suggesting illegal activity is prohibited.

·         Rule of “thumb”:  Look in the mirror just before leaving your home.  If you are in doubt about what you are wearing, you should consider wearing something else. Another guideline:  three fingers or more for straps on tops, fingertip length for shorts, dresses, and boys t-shirts must have sleeves.

The preceding dress code list is not inclusive. We reserve the right to determine whether or not clothing is appropriate for school. The principal or his/her designee shall be the final judge as to the appropriateness, neatness, and cleanliness of the apparel and whether it is disruptive or in violation of the dress code.

Enforcement Guidelines Dress Code Violations:

·         First offense –Administrative referral

·         Second offense – ISS

·         Additional OffensesAdministrator Discretion (e.g., multiple days of ISS or suspension from school for insubordination to follow dress code policy)

Parents may be contacted to bring appropriate clothing. If a student cannot correct the offensive/inappropriate dress, he/she will be assigned to ISS for the remainder of the school day. Shirts with inappropriate language or graphics are to be turned inside out and the dress code violation will be administered as stated previously.

It is not acceptable for students to argue with teachers or administrators. Students will be referred for defiance/insubordination if they argue or behave in an otherwise disruptive manner when the dress code is enforced.