Student Dress Code
Overhills Middle School subscribes to the idea that proper grooming and attire affect not only student behavior but scholastic achievement. Our students are reminded that being appropriately dressed communicate self-respect and respect for others. Because we share buses with Overhills High School and because we believe that consistency is the key to success, our faculties have adopted the same dress code for the middle school students and high school students.
1. Students are required to wear proper footwear during regular school hours. No bedroom shoes.
2. Bare midriffs, halter-tops, racer backs, spaghetti straps and backless tops are not acceptable.
3. Tank tops, tube tops, T-straps are not acceptable. Females can wear sleeveless tops as long as the width is at least 2 inches across the shoulder and covers all personal undergarments.
Recent fashion trends expose more midsection due to short shirts or low waistbands,
which is not appropriate for school settings. All blouses and garments must cover the
entire-mid section and top section, to include belt or waistband. The length of any top
that is worn out over the pants must cover the midriff during normal routine
movement, bending and sitting. A good test for the appropriateness, if your midriff
shows when you lift your arms, it is too short.
4. Sagging pants, over-sized clothing, and pajamas are not acceptable.
5. T-shirt length should not go past the fingertips.
6. Mini-dresses of any description and skirts that have uneven hemline exceeding the 4-inch rule are not acceptable. This includes tight-fitting body dresses or outfits made of mesh materials.
7. Hats, earmuffs, scarves, handkerchief, combs, headsets, sunglasses, or any distracting headgear, should not be worn in the building at any time.
8. Clothing and accessories, which can be perceived as weapons, (including chains) is not allowed.
9. Clothing and attire with any symbols or styles frequently associated with intimidation, violence, or violent groups are not allowed. Bandannas may not be worn or displayed on school grounds.
10. Clothing and items with messages or illustrations which are lewd, derogatory, indecent, vulgar, or advertising any product or service not permitted by law to minors such as drugs, illegal substances, tobacco and alcohol is not allowed.
11. During the past years, students have been given the privilege of wearing shorts. To continue this privilege, students should ensure that shorts are modest and of sufficient length, and cannot exceed more than 4 inches above the knees.
Short shorts, gym-type shorts, running shorts, cut-off jean shorts, cut-off sweatpants, pants/shorts made of spandex or similar stretchy material (leggings) or any type of apparel that is considered suggestive, will not be accepted.
One pair of shorts may not be worn over another pair of shorts.
Clothing, shorts, dresses and skirts which are excessively tight or shorter than mid-
thigh is not allowed.
12. Clothing with excessive holes, see-through materials and strapless, is not allowed. Any clothing with holes above the knee is not allowed.
13. Face paint is not allowed unless it is related to school activities or events.
14. No blankets in school or on the bus.
15. Attire with any kind of suggestive, profane or vulgar language or pictures will not be allowed.
16. This policy may not be all-inclusive for the constantly changing fashion world. However, we reserve the right to determine if any clothing disrupts the educational process by being suggestive or inappropriate for our school setting that portrays messages of illegal activities. This includes articles of clothing with playboy bunny emblems and suggestive wording or pictures.
17. Clothing with confederate flags, money symbols, gang affiliations, alcohol, and drugs is strictly prohibited.
18. Intentionally wearing gang colors or flag (bandannas) as all black, all white, all red, or all blue or any current gang related affiliate is strictly prohibited.
19. The school's administration reserves the right to determine what constitutes inappropriate dress at this school.
Violation of the dress code could result in one or more of the following disciplinary measures:
1. Student will be given an opportunity to change clothes either by calling home or by changing into clothes provided by the administrative office.
2. Parent notification
4. Suspension from school
We hope that if parents and students will monitor clothing carefully before arriving to school, we can eliminate the inconvenience of the above disciplinary actions. Working together, we will meet a common goal.
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