Dress Code

Elementary Dress Code

Barrow Elementary, West Columbia Elementary, Wild Peach Elementary

Dress and Grooming (All Grade Levels)

The district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. Students and parents may determine a student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following:

  • For safety concerns and required physical activity students must wear protective footwear while at school. Protective footwear includes tennis shoes, "loafer" style shoes and any other footwear that completely encases the Student's foot. Flip-flops, "slides", "mules", house shoes and other footwear with exposed fronts, backs and/or sides are not acceptable. Heel sizes should be low to prevent possible injuries during physical activities and other normal daily activities. Shoestrings must be properly tied.
  • Caps, hats, sunglasses and bandannas may not be worn at school except during special events designated by the campus principal.
  • Students in grades Pre-Kindergarten 5th grade may wear shorts to school. Shorts, skirts, skorts, and dresses must be a reasonable length (must extend below the fingertips when arms are held naturally by the side). Jeans with holes must have leggings underneath. Bicycle shorts, cutoffs, or short-shorts are not permitted.  Undergarments should not be visible while performing school related activities.
  • All shirts or tops must cover the midriff when arms are extended fully overhead. Tank tops, halter-tops, see-through mesh style shirts are not permitted. Shirts should not have spaghetti straps or narrow shoulder bands. Undergarments and cleavage should not be visible.
  • Earrings may be worn in the ear lobe only. For safety reasons, students should not wear extended length earrings.
  • Hair should be clean, well-groomed and styled in a way that is not distracting. Mohawks, spiked, hair carvings or other hairstyles including colored or dyed hair (outside of the range of natural hair colors) shall not be permitted for either boys or girls.


If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the student may be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day, until the problem is corrected, or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school.

Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

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