Student dress code rewritten for simplicity

Friday, June 15, 2012
Tribune photos by Clint Confehr Wearing approved clothing for school are, from left above, Stuart Warner, Glyndon Wicks, Haley Hartley, Ja'Vier Howard and Megan Hollingsworth.

From staff reports

Marshall County's school system is publicizing modest changes to its dress code. The more concise, streamlined code is to relieve teachers of complicated interpretations. Sixth graders in Chapel Hill are to follow Forrest School's rules.

"Enforcing the code takes time away from teaching," Schools Director Jackie Abernathy said, refocusing policies toward the purpose of school. "This makes it simple and easy," she said of the shorter code that replaces three-year-old rules.

The dress code is on the Internet. Go to the schools' Web site: Click the school board link at a blue button on the left side of computer windows. Scroll down to below school board members' photos. A "Policy On-Line" link leads to Marshall County School Board Policies. Scroll down that blue page to "Section 6 - Students," and click "View" at Policy 6.310 - Dress Code.

The streamlined policy has one notable change: sixth graders at Forrest School are to follow the dress code at that school to maintain consistency on that campus.

There are minor adjustments for grades 7-12 and 6-12 depending on the school. Notably, hats and headwear aren't allowed, but girls may wear headbands, barrettes, and ponytail holders. Shirts must have shoulders and sleeves.

There are specifications on logo size, unless they're on school-related shirts. Shorts, skirts, dresses, and skorts must not be shorter than 4 inches above the knee. Bottom wear must be worn securely around the waist. Clothing must be free of holes, rips or tears that show skin above the knee. Jewelry can't be disruptive.

A parent or guardian may write a letter explaining to the schools director if a student cannot comply because of religious beliefs.

Schools may have special dress days.

Check out appropriate attire page A3