Student Dress & Grooming
- Student dress should reflect the notion that school is a place of business where students are learning both academic and social skills -
Our dress code for this school year has been updated and aligns with the dress codes established countywide. In keeping with the times and current fashions, Colonial Forge High School expects that all students will use common sense and good taste in their conservative dress for school.
Even though the community norms have become more relaxed in terms of clothing and increased levels of body exposure, these standards will be enforced to maintain an appropriate and focused educational setting. Student dress should reflect the notion that school is a place of business where students are learning both academic and social skills.
Failure to adhere to the following guidelines will result in requiring students to change clothes or be sent home from school to change (extra “appropriate” clothing is available from the Assistant Principals or in lost and found). Any teacher may refer a student with inappropriate dress to the building administrators or counselors who will determine the appropriateness of the student’s clothing in accordance with this dress code.
The following dress code will be in effect at Colonial Forge High School and students in all grades will be prohibited from wearing:
1. Clothing and accessories that promote alcohol, tobacco, drug usage or which display weapons or violence and which cause or are likely to cause a disruption within the school environment.
2. Clothing and accessories that contain vulgar, derogatory or suggestive diagrams, pictures, slogans or words that may be interpreted as racially, religiously, ethnically, or sexually offensive and which cause or are likely to cause a disruption within the school environment.
3. Clothing symbolic of gangs or disruptive groups associated with threatening behavior, harassment or discrimination and which cause or are likely to cause a disruption within the school environment.
4. Clothing, accessories and/or any words, pictures, diagrams, etc., thereon which are lewd, vulgar, indecent, plainly offensive, or which cause or are likely to cause a material disruption.
5. Head coverings of any kind in the building (except for religious or medical reasons). Bandanas may not be worn anywhere on one’s person.
6. Curlers, picks, combs, or hair rakes in the hair.
7. Sunglasses or permanently tinted glasses.
8. Dog collars, chains, wallet chains, safety pins, spike jewelry or fishhooks worn as jewelry, accessories or ornamentation.
9. Tank tops, tube tops, mesh tops, sheer tops, sleeveless tops, halters, or bare midriff tops. Shirts cannot have necklines that are lower than the straight line from top of underarm across to opposite underarm. Shirts must cover shoulders, must have sleeves, and must extend past the top of the pants. Display of cleavage is not permitted. Tops may not expose the midriff, and clothing must cover undergarments at all times.
10. Gloves in the building.
11. Pajamas, loungewear, and dorm pants.
12. Leggings or tight fitting spandex type pants, pants with side slits or holes above the knees, see-through pants, tights, or leotards worn as outer garments.
13. Sagging pants, pants worn low on the hip so as to reveal underwear or skin. Pants must be worn with both legs down (not one leg rolled up), and pants legs may not extend past the sole of the shoe. Clothing must cover undergarments at all times.
14. Dresses, skirts, shorts, culottes, and skorts that are shorter than the extended tip of the longest finger with arms hanging naturally at the sides.
15. Bedroom slippers, roller sneakers, or heels higher than 3 inches. Shoes must be worn at all times. Athletic shoes or closed shoes with a rubber sole should be worn for Physical Education and recess.
16. Fringed garments in CTE areas or in Drama and Art areas which contain machinery.
17. Items of clothing that would impair the health and safety of the student during normal school activities.
Decisions regarding the appropriateness of clothing, footwear and accessories will be made by the Principal and/or their appointed designee. The administration reserves the right to grant medical exceptions. Items deemed inappropriate will be brought to the parent's attention for corrective action. Continued violations of the dress code will subject the student to suspension from school.
Division Policy R7-37