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Dress Code

Last Updated: 7/28/2017 1:50 AM

The purpose of a dress code is to promote an orderly learning environment in our schools while preparing all students for later success in the workforce. This dress code was developed through the direction of the Superintendent and with the cooperation of parents, students, teachers and administrators.  

Students of Cherokee County School District are expected to dress in a manner that is conducive to a positive learning environment. The administration reserves the right to determine if items of clothing are too casual, too revealing, or too distracting for school dress.

APPROVED FOR SCHOOL WEAR: 

PANTS AND SHORTS Length must be appropriate (5” from the top of kneecap as measured by a ruler or the width of a 3x5 index card) Size appropriate-waist, seat and inseam; must be hemmed or cuffed Cannot be altered from their original form Pants made of stretch material that conforms to the legs and hips must be accompanied by a blouse/shirt that extends below the waist and buttocks

SKIRTS AND DRESSES Skirts must be size appropriate and be worn at waistline Shoulders must be covered and arm holes must be tight fitting Length must be appropriate (3” from the top of kneecap as measured by a ruler or the length of a 3x5 index card) Slits in skirts must be appropriate (no slit above the three inch rule)  Cannot be altered from their original form

SHIRTS AND BLOUSES Must be size appropriate Long or short sleeved, dress shirt, polo type, sleeveless with appropriate, tight-fitting armholes  (no tank tops, no halter tops, no spaghetti straps   T-shirts or sweatshirts must have no writing, pictures, or graphics that unreasonably attract the attention of other students or cause disruption or interference with the operation of the school (e.g., vulgarity, sexual innuendo)  Shirttails must be below the belt line even with arms raised above the head or when the student is seated Cannot be altered from their original form

SHOES All students must wear appropriate shoes (examples: dress, tennis, sandals, clogs)

UNDERGARMENTS Appropriate undergarments must be worn at all times

ACCESSORIES Belts are optional and are to be proper length tucked into belt loops

NOT APPROVED FOR SCHOOL WEAR Pants that touch the ground or floor Holes or patches above the knee Pants, dresses, skirts, and shirts that have frayed ends See-through clothing Sleeveless shirts, blouses, without appropriate (tight-fitting) armholes  Deep-scooped necklines  Shirts/blouses that are tight-fitting and/or inappropriately revealing  Clothing that shows the bare midriff, bare back or the bare shoulders Pajamas, bedroom shoes, or other sleep wear Articles of clothing which advertise or display the symbols of drugs, tobacco products or alcoholic beverages  Clothing which displays or implies profane or obscene language or symbols  Emblems, insignias, badges, tattoos or other symbols where the effect thereof is to unreasonably attract the attention of other students or cause disruption or interference with the operation of the school Hats, sunglasses and caps are not to be worn in the school building unless approved for special occasions (All hats and caps shall be properly stored during the school day)  Chains hanging from wallets or clothing  Exposure of undergarments of any type  Display or wearing of any gang articles, paraphernalia or clothing that can be construed as being gang related (e.g., bandanas, sweat bands, head rags, etc.) Jewelry that is offensive, distracts or is studded or pointed is unacceptable. Heavy chains are not allowed. Uniforms for school related activities are acceptable as approved by the school administration.  Female cheerleaders must wear warm-ups under cheerleading uniforms except during games and pep rallies. The school administration reserves the right to alter the dress code for special occasions or extracurricular activities. Parents who require an exemption from the dress code for religious, cultural, or short-term medical reasons may make application to the principal.