Uniform Policy

Statement of policy
It is the policy of the Beaufort County School District to regulate reasonable attire of students during the school day. Students in all schools shall wear an approved school uniform with only legally-mandated exceptions. To maintain an educational environment that is safe and conducive to the educational process, students in all grades shall abstain from wearing or possessing specified items during the school day.

Statement of purpose
The Beaufort County School District has determined that reasonable regulation of school attire can promote important educational interests, including:

  • reducing distraction and loss of self-esteem caused by teasing or competing over clothing
  • minimizing disruption from wearing inappropriate clothing or possessing inappropriate items at school
  • enhancing school safety by helping teachers and administrators identify individuals that are not enrolled in the school when they encounter them on school grounds
  • enhancing school safety by prohibiting gang colors and paraphernalia
  • helping students and parents to avoid peer pressure
  • helping prepare students for future roles in the workplace

REQUIREMENTS
Shirts, Sweaters and Sweatshirts (tops)

  • Tops may be gray, black or white. Students must wear plain shirts with a collar; this includes button down shirts or polo shirts.
  • Shirts may have IA school logos.
  • Shirts may not exceed one size larger or smaller than necessary as determined by the school administrator.
  • Shirts must be tucked in
  • White T-shirts (long or short sleeves) may be worn under uniform shirts.
  • Students may wear plain or IA, hooded sweaters or sweatshirts over school uniforms. The sweaters or sweatshirts may be solid white or school designated colors.

 

Pants, Skirts, Skorts, Jumpers, Capris and Shorts (Bottoms)

  • Bottoms may be solid khaki or black.
  • Jeans are not permitted. Principals may make exceptions for a specific group such as seniors or for special days.
  • Bottoms must be free of graphics and embroidery. With the exception of small labels, bottoms may not have insignias, words or pictures.
  • Shorts, skirts, skorts, and jumpers shall be modest and of sufficient length. The length of these articles of clothing shall be no shorter than three (3) inches above the top of the knee when standing.
  • Cargo-style pants or shorts are not permitted.
  • Clothing may not exceed one size larger than necessary as determined by a school administrator. Baggy or sagging pants or shorts are not permitted. “Low rise” clothing is not permitted. Pants, shorts, and skirts must be worn at the natural waistline.
  • Belts must be worn if pants, skirts, skorts or shorts have belt loops (exceptions may be made by administration). Belt buckles must not be oversized, computerized or have any writing that is considered offensive.

 

Coats and Jackets (Outerwear)

  • Outerwear may not be worn inside the school building during the school day.
  • Outerwear may be worn to school and placed in the student’s locker. If a locker is not available, it may be hung in the classroom or other location designated by the principal and/or the principal’s designee.
  • The principal and/or the principal’s designee may make an exception if the building or classroom is unusually cold.

 

 

 

Shoes, Sneakers and Boots (Footwear)

  • Footwear must be worn at all times.
  • Laces on shoes and sneakers must be tied.
  • Flip flops, crocs, and slippers are not permitted.

 

Other Clothing Items or Accessories

  • Students may not wear large pendants or medallions. School administration has the final say on determining whether a pendant or medallion is large or not.
  • Any adornment that could be perceived as, or used as, a weapon such as chains, spikes, etc. is not permitted.
  • Gang-related clothing, accessories, symbols or intimidating items of dress are not permitted.
  • Head coverings of any kind, including but not limited to, hats, caps, bandanas, curlers, masks, visors, kerchiefs, athletic sweatbands, earmuffs or sunglasses are not permitted. Head coverings shall not be worn, carried, hung on belts or around the neck or kept in classrooms during regular school hours.

 

Other Uniform Requirements

  • Students are expected to be dressed according to the uniform standards at all times when school is in session.
  • Principals may make exceptions to the uniform policy for special events, such as picture day, and may allow a different standard for athletic teams or other school clubs or activities.

 

Enforcement

  • First Offense: Students shall be informed that they have violated the policy. They shall be given an opportunity to change into acceptable clothing by using available clothes at school or by calling a parent/guardian to bring clothes. If neither of these options is used, students may be placed in an in-school suspension alternative setting for the remainder of the day.
  • Second Offense: A second infraction of the policy shall be considered as defiance. In addition to the disciplinary actions available for a first offense, a parent/guardian conference shall be held.
  • Third Offense and Additional Offenses: A third or additional infraction of the dress code shall be categorized as a Level 1 Offense as outlined in the Beaufort County School District Code of Student Conduct, subject to the consequences outlined therein, including out-of-school suspension. Disciplinary action may vary when a student has a record of other student conduct violations during a current school year.

Students who do not comply with the dress code may be excluded from participating in certain extracurricular school programs.