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Dress Code

FROM THE GREENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK

 

DRESS CODE/APPEARANCE

 

Greenwood High School feels a responsibility to educate students socially as well as academically.  Student dress is an important phase of social education.  Students should always dress appropriately for the occasion and avoid extremes in dress, cosmetics and hair styles.  Students should feel a responsibility to present a suitable appearance in order that they may reflect credit upon themselves, their family, Greenwood High School and the community.

 

Please find dress guidelines below.  The primary criterion for this section is to avoid embarrassment for the student, parents, or Greenwood High School, and to ensure an educational climate that is not disrupted or impeded. 
 

I.  GENERAL INFORMATION

 

  • The wearing of any attire, cosmetics, accessories, presentation of extra-ordinary personal appearance, or any unsanitary body condition, which in the judgment of the principal significantly disrupts school work, interrupts scholastic endeavors, or threatens the health of any pupil or staff member, is prohibited.
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses must extend to or beyond the fingertips when arms are extended down at the side while standing in a normal position. Fingertip length is a general guideline to be used when determining compliance. Administrator’s discretion will be used when extenuating circumstances arise.
  • Holes and fraying in pants and other lower body garments must be below fingertip length when arms are extended down the side while standing in a normal position. This includes jeans, kakis, shorts, dresses, skirts, and all other garments.
  • Pajamas and flannel lounge pants are not permitted.
  • Sagging and baggy pants are not permitted. 
  • The torso must remain covered.  The midriff must be covered while standing in a normal posture.  Shoulder straps must be at least three (3) fingers wide.
  • See-through, extremely tight, cut-away style garments (such as racer backs), plunging necklines/backs or garments with holes in them above the fingertips are not permitted.
  • Boys’ shirts must have a sleeve.  Boys’ tank tops and muscle shirts are not permitted. 
  • No undergarments should be visible.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.  House shoes/slippers are not permitted.
  • Hats, caps, bandannas, hoods or headdresses are not permitted unless they are necessary for health, safety purposes or cultural/religious requirements and have prior administrator approval.
  • Sunglasses or tinted prescription glasses are not permitted to be worn inside the school building without a medical excuse; a doctor’s note must be presented beforehand. 
  • Inappropriate symbols, pictures, advertisements on article of clothing, item of jewelry or the body is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to, the promotion of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, illegal substances, gangs, or vulgarity or that is sexually explicit or racially/culturally inappropriate. Anything that is perceived to be degrading and offensive to others are not permitted.  This includes but is not limited to the following:  Malcolm X, Confederate Flag, Nazi Swastika, gang symbols, etc.
  • Hair shall be clean and well groomed.  Distracting extremes are not permitted. 
  • Trench coats, dusters, or full length overcoats are not permitted to be worn in the school building during regular school hours.  (7:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.) 
  • Chains and/or jewelry which may present a safety hazard or are distracting when misused are not permitted. 
  • r school hours.  (7:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.) 
  • Chains and/or jewelry which may present a safety hazard or are distracting when misused are not permitted.

 

School administrators may, on pre-announced days, modify the dress code.

 

This dress code is adopted in the interest of developing and maintaining a student body which is well groomed, neat, and stylish.  When violations of these policies occur, the principal or his/her representative will inform the student of the violation and instruct him/her in the correction of the discrepancy.  If the student fails to follow the established policy, disciplinary action may result.

 

Principals shall enforce the dress code and apply discipline as deemed necessary.  In instances involving clothing not specifically included in the regulations or involving variations of clothing covered in the regulations, the principal shall interpret policy.

 

II.  DRESS CODE VIOLATION DISCIPLINARY RESPONSES

 

We monitor dress code violations for the entire school year; any offenses in the Fall Semester will carry over to the Spring Semester. 

 

1st Offense 

  • A parent/legal guardian may bring an appropriate garment to the school if they can do so within 20 minutes. 
  • If not, then the student shall be required to wear a school-furnished garment to replace the inappropriate garment.  The school will retain the student garment that did not meet dress code until the end of the school day, at which time the student must turn in the school-furnished garment in exchange for their garment
  • Disciplinary action:  Student warned, incident documented.
  • If a parent/legal guardian cannot bring an appropriate garment and the student refuses wear the school furnished garment, he or she will be assigned ALC for the remainder of the day. 

 

2nd  Offense

  • The student shall be required to wear a school-furnished garment for the remainder of the school day.  The school will retain the offending garment until the end of the school day, at which time the student must turn in the school-furnished garment in exchange for his/her garment. 
  • Disciplinary action:  Student assigned to five (5) day of lunch detention.

           

3rd Offense 

  • The same procedure as noted in the 2nd Offense section. 
  • Disciplinary action:  Student assigned to ALC for one (1) day.

 

4th Offense and beyond

  • The same procedure as noted in the 2nd Offense section. 
  • Disciplinary action:  Administrator discretion for defiant behavior.