Dress Code

The Dothan City Board of Education voted and approved a mandatory uniform dress code for all K-12 students. The uniform policy was updated June 12. Please read carefully.

It is the policy of the Dothan City Board of Education that good grooming and personal appearance is essential, if not critical, elements in the teaching and learning process. Therefore, it is expected that students dress in such a manner that will ensure the health and safety of the school. Furthermore, the dress and personal appearance will not be disruptive or interfere with the legitimate interest and welfare of students. Students are also expected to choose their clothes in good taste, wearing only those clothes, which are appropriate for the educational environment.

All students are expected to comply with the Dress Code. For compelling reasons, such as medical requirements, the principal or superintendent, may at their discretion, review an individual situation to determine whether a modification of a provision is required  for the health and safety of a particular student or compelling reason. The School Administration will judge the appropriatemess of any "fad" or questionable article of apparel.

Therefore, we at Girard Elementary expect every student to dress in such a manner that will ensure the health and safety of our school. We want our focus to be academics.

A proper educational climate requires appropriate appearance, hygiene, and self-respect on the part of all concerned. Listed below is the dress code for Girard Elementary School students:

 

 

Students who transfer from other school districts will be given five days to come into compliance with the school uniform dress code. Please note for students who transfer from the NHS cluster into the DHS cluster, your child will not be allowed to wear maroon or gold.

Listed below is the dress code for Girard Elementary students:

 

TOPS FOR MALES AND FEMALES

Students may wear any shirt color as long as it is a solid color. If the color of the shirt is perceived by the administrator and/or teacher to be a distraction to others, the student shall be asked to replace it with an approved shirt. The shirt must have at least two buttons and must be: button front oxford, polo, turtleneck, or blouse-type shirts with sleeves (long sleeves or short sleeves.)

  • All shirts/blouses must have collars. Examples include, but are not limited to: team promotion, club promotion, extra-curricular promotion, promotion of the school in general. Only shirts with the approved school logo and/or colors will be allowed.  No homemade shirts.
  • Shirts that are not promoting the school attended as described above may have a small unobtrusive logo that can be covered with a quarter.
  • All tops must be tucked in as part of the uniform.
  • Undershirts may be worn but must be a solid color with no logo or wording. A t-shirt is considered an undershirt.

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Males: Khaki or navy pants or shorts. Shorts must be no more than two inches above the knee and no more than two inches below the knee. Stretch pants are not permitted.

Females: Khaki or navy blue pants, shorts, skorts, capris, skirts or jumpers are permitted.

  • All pants, shorts, skorts, and capris must be secured in the waist and cannot "sag".
  • Shorts, skorts, skirts, and jumpers must be no more the two (2) inches above the knee in the front and back.
  • Blouses or shirts must be worn with jumpers.


    KHAKI IS DEFINED AS LIGHT TAN IN COLOR.

SHOES

Tennis shoes (sneakers) and /or fully enclosed shoes are required.

  • All shoe straps must be strapped.
  • All laces must be tied and laces must be both of the same color.
  • The style and color of shoes should be sensible and appropriate for school attire.
  • Socks and tights with the feet in must be of the appropriate solid color of black, white, brown, or navy blue.
  • Heels shall be no more than 2 inches in height.


BELTS

  • Solid color belts in black, brown, or navy, in the appropriate length, small to medium buckle must be worn.
  • Belts must be worn with pants and shorts that have belt loops.

OUTERWEAR

Coats, jackets, sweaters, sweater vests that zip or button down the front, sweatshirts are considered as outerwear, and must be worn with a uniform shirt/blouse. Sweater vests may be any color as long as it is a solid color. Sweatshirts may be any color as long as it is a solid color.  If the color is perceived by the administrator and/or teacher to be a distraction to others, the student will be asked to replace it with an approved sweatshirt. Sweaters, sweater vests and sweatshirts must not be oversized (bulky or baggy).

  • Sweatshirts and/or jackets may have a hood. The hood may not be worn inside the building or outside at P.E.
  • Outerwear of school-sponsored organizations is acceptable. (Athletic jackets, band jackets, etc)
  • Uniform tops must be worn under all outerwear.

    All outerwear should either button or zip from top to bottom.

 

ITEMS NOT ALLOWED TO BE WORN BY STUDENTS

 

Wind pants/sweatpants, velour pants and tops, over-sized clothing, excessively tight clothing, overalls, bellbottoms, unhemmed clothing, clothing with cuts, slits, holes, or slashes, denim or jean fabric bottoms, sleeveless tops, overcoats, trench coats, bicycle shorts, leggings, stretch knit/spandex pants, carpenter's pants, lace or nylon skirts are not to be worn by students.

 

 

EXCEPTIONS TO THE STUDENTS UNIFORM DRESS CODE

Students will be allowed to "dress up" for the following activities which may include but not be limited to:

  • School Picture Day and Spring Picture Day (All Schools)
  • School Spirit Days



    If students do not participate in the "dress up" activity, the approved school uniform dress will be required.

EACH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL MAY DESIGNATE DAYS OR EVENTS DURING WHICH DEVIATIONS FROM THE APPROVED UNIFORM DRESS CODE WILL BE PERMITTED PROVIDED THE PRINCIPAL DETERMINES THAT SUCH EXCEPTIONS WILL FACILITATE THE EVENT, PROMOTE SCHOOL SPIRIT, OR OTHERWISE SERVE AN EDUCATIONAL INTEREST.


GENERAL INFORMATION

In addition to the uniform dress code requirements perviously listed, the following guidelines will also apply.

  1. All clothing must be properly fitted. Sagging and excessively tight clothing are prohibited.
  2. Slides, clogs, Heelys or any variations of Heelys are not allowed. Ballerina shoes are not allowed.
  3. Any article that draws undue attention or disrupts classes will not be allowed such as large jewelry.
  4. Combs and picks are not to be worn in the hair.
  5. Males and females are not allowed to wear hats, head coverings, hoods, sports headbands, or ear muffs inside the buildings. Bandanas and du-rags of any color are not to be worn on any part of the body nor carried in or tied on book bags or other bags.
  6. Students who transfer from other school districts will be given five (5) days to come into compliance with the school uniform dress code.
  7. Any student's dress or personal appearance that the administration believes is disruptive and interferes with a safe and secure learning environment will be dealt with on an individual basis. School administrators will use their discretion to determine the appropriateness of students' dress.






 

 


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