Richland County School District One Dress Code (download paper copy here, or read below)
Richland County School District One is trying to create a culture of learning and dressing appropriately enhances this culture. Students have the responsibility and are expected to dress in an appropriate manner while on school district property, on a school bus or other school-sponsored transportation, and when representing the school or attending school-sponsored activities. Personal appearance will be such that it does not become distractive to other students; materially and/or substantially disrupt student work, classes, other school activities, or school order; or creates a health or safety problem. The more time staff has to spend on problems created by inappropriate attire, the less time is spent on improving student achievement.
The following minimum standards of dress will apply to all schools throughout Richland County School District One and will be strictly enforced per the student discipline code. Each school is responsible for following the student discipline code and applying the appropriate interventions/consequences.
- Clothing and/or hair should not be so extreme as to district or disrupt the educational process. Therefore, clothing considered distracting, revealing and/or overly suggestive will not be permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, bare midriffs, halter-tops, backless tops, blouses/shirts with spaghetti straps, tank tops, see-through shirts or blouses, lingerie/sleep wear, muscle shirts, short shorts, mini-skirts, excessively tight and form-fitting clothing (e.g., spandex clothing , stretch pants) and biker shorts.
- Clothing and/or accessories must not be immodest, obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, indecent or offensive. Skirts, dresses and shorts should be of adequate length to assure modesty when the student is seated or engaged in school activities. Appropriate undergarments should be worm and should be covered by outer clothing. Undergarments should not be visible at any time.
- Wearing clothing or accessories that could pose a health and safety hazard to one’s self or others is not permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, heavy chains, excessive and/or over-sized jewelry, fishhooks, multiple-finger rings (rings welded together resembling brass knuckles), studded bracelets or collars, nose-to-lip chains and removable dental wear (grilles), unless it has been approved by a dentist or orthodontist.
- Clothing and/or accessories must not display any information about, representations of or advertisements for sex, violence, alcoholic beverages, tobacco or tobacco products, controlled drugs of illegal drugs or paraphernalia associated with the before-mentioned items.
- Clothing and/or accessories that promote membership of affiliation with a “gang” or “gang activity,” in any negative sense of the word, is not permitted. Examples include, but are not limited to, gang colors, tattoos, bandannas, “do rags,” wave caps, sweat bands, gang clothing, jewelry, emblems, badges, symbols and signs.
- Clothing and/or accessories will not be worn inside out or backwards. Students may not wear an alteration of clothing to show favoritism to either the right or left side of the body. Examples include, but are not limited to, rolling one pants leg up, rolling one sleeve up, and one sleeve worn normally while the arm is out of the other sleeve.
- Pants must be worn at the waistline so that undergarments are not visible at any time.
- Unusual and/or excessive body piercing that distracts or disrupts the learning environment or poses a health and safety hazard is not permitted.
- Uniforms for co-curricular activities that are worn during classes other than physical education must be modified to conform to these dress code guidelines.
- Proper shoes/footwear must be worn at all times. Bedroom shoes, footies, shoes with cleats and shoes with skate wheels are not permitted. Shoes must be fully tied, strapped or use Velcro fasteners if designed in that manner. For safety reasons, students should avoid wearing open toe shoes.
- Hats, head stockings, scarves/kerchiefs and sunglasses are not to be worn in school buildings (unless necessitated by a health condition or religious requirement.
The school administration will have the right to designate which type of dress, fashion, fads or appearance disrupts or detracts from the educational environment and/or may be a potential health and safety problem. The principal will retain the authority to grant exceptions to this rule for special conditions and/or special occasions.
Consequences for Violations of Dress Code
1st Offense: Warning. Parent contacted. Coach Sims, monitor of In-School Suspension (ISS), enters in ABE as Classroom Action.
2nd Offense: Warning. Parent contacted. Coach Sims enters in ABE as Classroom Action.
3rd Offense: Coach Sims records a Referral. Administrator assigns Wednesday After-School Detention. Parent contacted.
4th Offense: Coach Sims records a Referral. Administrator assigns 1 Day in ISS. Parent meeting.
5th Offense: Coach Sims records a Referral. Administrator assigns 1 Day ISS. Parent meeting.
6th Offense: Coach Sims records a Referral. Administrator assigns 1 Days OSS. Parent meeting.
***Consequences will progress accordingly.