Uniform Dress Code

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All students are expected to comply with the Dress Code Policy of the Dothan City School Board of Education. For compelling reasons, such as medical requirements, the principal or superintendent, may at their discretion, review an individual situation to determine whether a modification of a provision is required for the health and safety of a particular student or other compelling reason.

The School Administration will judge the appropriateness of any "fad" or questionable article of apparel.

Health and Safety

  • Students will not wear dark glasses inside the school building, unless required to do so for medical reasons pursuant to doctor's written orders. 
  • Hair should be clean and out of the student's eyes. Hairstyles should be neat and appropriate. Unnatural hair coloring that causes a distraction in the learning environment is prohibited. 
  • Body piercing jewelry is restricted to ears only for boys and girls. 
  • No "grills/grillz" on campus or at school sponsored activities. 
  • No binding pant legs or any other article of clothing.

Common Courtesy

  • No hats, caps, hoods, or head coverings in the building. 
  • No bandanas on campus or at school sponsored activities.

Decency and Modesty

  • No decals, slogans, or sayings on clothing and/or personal items that contain references to illegal or immoral behaviors. Decals, slogans, or sayings that advertise alcohol, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, weapons, gangs, or tobacco products are not allowed. Anything that promotes racial division or violence is not allowed. 
  • No lewd or vulgar sayings on clothing and/or personal items will be allowed. 
  • Belts and pants must be worn and fastened at the waist. This includes athletic clothing. Shirt tails must be tucked in for grades 2nd - 5th. 
  • Students will not be allowed to wear clothing and/or have any personal items on campus that is part of an organizational initiation. 
  • Any other improper or indecent clothing or personal item which in the discretion of the building principal is indecent, immodest, distracting, or constitutes a danger will not be allowed.

Tops for Males and Females

Students may wear any shirt color as long as it is a solid color. If the color of the shirt is perceived by the administrator and/or teacher to be a distraction to others, the student shall be asked to replace it with an approved shirt. The shirt must have at least two buttons and must be: button front oxford, polo, turtleneck, or blouse-type shirts with sleeves (long sleeves or short sleeves).

  • All shirts/blouses must have collars. Examples include, but are not limited to: team promotion, club promotion, extra-curricular promotion, promotion of the school in general. Only shirts with the approved school logo and/or colors will be allowed. No homemade shirts. 
  • Shirts that are not promoting the school attended as described above may have a small unobtrusive logo that can be covered with a quarter. 
  • All tops must be tucked in as part of the uniform. (K-1st, preferred but optional) 
  • Undershirts may be worn but must be a solid color with no logo or wording. A t-shirt is considered an undershirt.

Bottoms

Males: Khaki, navy blue, or black pants or shorts. Shorts must be no more than two inches above the knee and no
more than two inches below the knee. Stretch pants are not permitted.
Females: Khaki or navy blue pants, shorts, skorts, capris, skirts, or jumpers are permitted.

  • All pants, shorts, skorts, and capris must be secured at the waist and cannot "sag". 
  • Shorts, skorts, skirts, and jumpers must be no more than two (2) inches above the knee in the front and back. 
  • Blouses or shirts must be worn with jumpers.

KHAKI IS DEFINED AS LIGHT TAN IN COLOR.

Shoes

Tennis shoes (sneakers) and/or fully enclosed shoes are required.

  • All shoe straps must be strapped. 
  • All laces must be tied and laces must be both of the same color. 
  • The style and color of shoes should be sensible and appropriate for school attire. 
  • Socks and hosiery (to include tights) must be of the appropriate solid color of black, white, brown, or navy blue. Leggings are acceptable.
  • Heels shall be no more than 2 inches in height.

Belts

  • Belts in the appropriate length, small to medium buckle must be worn for students in grades 2-5. 
  • Belts must be worn with pants and shorts that have belt loops in grades 2-5.

Outerwear

Coats, jackets, sweaters, sweater vests and zippered/open front sweatshirts are considered as outerwear, and must be worn with a uniform shirt/blouse. Sweater vests may be any color as long as it is a solid color. If the color of the sweater vest is perceived by the administrator and/or teacher to be a distraction to others, the student will be asked to replace it with an approved sweater vest. Sweatshirts may be any color as long as it is a solid color. If the color is perceived by the administrator and/or teacher to be a distraction to others, the student will be asked to replace it with an approved sweatshirt. Sweaters, sweater vests and sweatshirts must not be oversized (bulky or baggy).

  • Sweatshirts and/or jackets may have a hood. The hood may not be worn inside or outside on campus unless permission is given by the administrator. 
  • Outerwear of school - sponsored organizations is acceptable. (athletic jackets, band jackets, etc.) 
  • Uniform tops must be worn under all outerwear. 
  • All outerwear should either button or zip from top to bottom.

Items not Allowed to be Worn by Students
Wind pants/sweatpants, velour pants and tops, over-sized clothing, excessively tight clothing, overalls, bellbottoms, unhemmed clothing, clothing with cuts, slits, holes or slashes, denim or jean fabric bottoms, sleeveless tops, overcoats, trench coats, bicycle shorts, stretch knit/spandex pants, carpenter's pants, lace or nylon skirts are not to be worn by students.

Exceptions to the Student Uniform Dress Code
Students will be allowed to "dress up" for the following activities which may include but not be limited to:

  • School Picture Day and Spring Picture Day (All Schools) 
  • School Spirit Days 

If students do not participate in the "dress up" activity, the approved school uniform dress will be required.

THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL MAY DESIGNATE DAYS OR EVENTS DURING WHICH DEVIATIONS FROM THE APPROVED UNIFORM DRESS CODE WILL BE PERMITTED PROVIDED THE PRINCIPAL DETERMINES THAT SUCH EXCEPTIONS WILL FACILITATE THE EVENT, PROMOTE SCHOOL SPIRIT, OR OTHERWISE SERVE AN EDUCATIONAL INTEREST.

Dress Code General Information

In addition to the uniform dress code requirements previously listed, the following guidelines will also apply.

  1. All clothing must be properly fitted. Sagging and excessively tight clothing are prohibited. 
  2. Slides, clogs, Heelys or any variations of Heelys are not allowed. 
  3. Any article that draws undue attention or disrupts classes will not be allowed such as large jewelry. 
  4. Combs and picks are not to be worn in the hair. 
  5. Males and females are not allowed to wear hats, head coverings, hoods, sports headbands, or ear muffs inside the buildings. Bandanas and du-rags of any color are not to be worn on any part of the body nor carried in or tied on book bags or other bags. 
  6. Students who transfer from other school districts will be given five (5) days to come into compliance with the school uniform dress code. 
  7. Any student's dress or personal appearance that the administration believes is disruptive and interferes with a safe and secure learning environment will be dealt with on an individual basis. School administrators will use their discretion to determine the appropriateness of students' dress.

Consequences for not following the Dress Code

  • 1st offense - Warning (note sent home)
  • 2nd offense - Warning (note sent home)
  • 3rd offense - Warning (note sent home)
  • 4th offense - Miss recess
  • Repeat offense - Principal discretion