Students are required to comply with approved school uniform policies at all times while school is in session. Students who are taking classes that require a special dress code, such as JROTC or career and technical education internships, may wear their uniform and approved dress code clothing to class. Principals may make exceptions to the uniform policy for special events or activities (such as picture day or pep rallies for example). Clothing designed for school athletic events, such as cheerleader outfits, that do not meet uniform guidelines may not be worn during the instructional day unless appropriate additional garments are worn with the outfit.
The reasonable regulation of school attire can promote important educational interests by reducing distractions, the cost of school clothing, reducing peer pressure and creating an atmosphere of purpose about education.
School uniform policies may minimizing disruption caused by inappropriate clothing or possessing inappropriate items at school. Other ways school uniform policies may effect students is by:
providing an environment where students can focus more on learning;
enhancing school safety by making it harder to conceal weapons or contraband and 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;
reducing the cost of school clothing;
providing an educational environment where financial disparities between students, as reflected in clothing, are minimized;
creating a greater sense of community and school pride among the students; and,
helping students and parents to avoid peer pressure.
Enforcing Uniform Policies
Copies of the dress code shall be made available to students and parents. New students to the school may be given a two-week grace period from enrollment to obtain and wear the proper school uniforms. Students who do not comply with the dress code may be excluded from participating in certain extracurricular school programs.
The following protocol is followed when uniform policies are not followed:
- 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.
Reasonable consideration shall be made for those students who, because of a religious belief or medical reason, request a waiver of a particular guideline for dress or appearance. The waiver request shall be in writing from the parent or guardian and approved by the principal and/or principal’s designee on an annual basis. In considering a waiver request, the principal and/or principal’s designee has the right to request additional documentation from medical officials and/or religious leaders.Approved by Beaufort County Board of Education on February 17, 2009. Adopted 7/18/01; Revised 2/17/09; Revised 07/10