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Highlights of Washington County Public Schools dress code regulations

July 24, 2013

Dress code regulation highlights:

• Head coverings are allowed if they are worn with a “sincerely held religious belief system” or for medical reasons. Other headwear, including hats, visors and sunglasses, cannot be worn in school.

• Bandanas are acceptable if they are folded to be less than 2 inches in width and are worn as a headband to hold hair in place. Other headbands, scrunchies and accessories used to hold hair in place, without covering the entire head, also are permitted.

• Sleeveless tops must have two shoulder straps worn on top of the shoulders and the tops must cover all undergarments. For girls, the back of the tops must go no lower than the area a conventional bra would be worn and, for boys, must go no lower than the midpoint on the shoulder blades.

Traditional sleeveless undershirts, muscle shirts and T-back shirts are not acceptable.

• Shorts must be modest and hang at or near mid-thigh when the student is standing. They must cover all undergarments, regardless of whether the student is sitting or standing.

• All other pants, or bottoms, are to cover undergarments at all times; not be so long they drag on the floor; and not be excessively baggy or worn on the hip so they expose undergarments or flesh normally covered by undergarments.

• Yoga pants, described as exercise pants that aren’t see-through and that have narrow or flared legs, are acceptable.

• Leggings of a sheer or slightly sheer material are OK if worn with another dress code-appropriate dress or bottom.

• Shoes, which allow safe movement and are appropriate for school activities, are to be worn at all times.

• Coats and heavy jackets are to be appropriately stored during the school day.

• Students can wear light, form-fitting jackets — including sweat jackets, hoodies and windbreakers — in school.

• Jewelry or accessories that can be used as weapons, or perceived to be, are prohibited. No examples were provided in the regulation. School system spokesman Richard Wright said whether jewelry or accessories are inappropriate will be left to principals’ discretion.

• Clothing or body art with words or symbols that refer or infer to profanity; drugs, alcohol, or tobacco; violence; suggestive, sexual messages; or language or symbols that offend, demean, or promote hatred toward an identifiable person or group are prohibited.

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