Friday, July 30, 1999
Middle schools don new rules for clothing
The Coweta County School System is one of the first systems in the metro area to establish a middle school dress code.
Superintendent of education Richard Brooks said the administration decided to implement the dress code this year because of recent events in schools around the country.
There has been a lot of information that has come out lately about the type of clothes causing problems. We also want our students to dress in an appropriate manner, Brooks said.
Prior to creating the policy, Brooks said the system had bits and pieces of a policy, but nothing really concrete. Now, all the middle schools will have a unified dress code to enforce.
System officials had looked at prohibiting shorts, but Brooks said school officials want to study the item a little more before banning shorts outright.
Items in the dress code include:
Shorts must be at least mid-thigh in length.
Biker shorts, Spandex or other form-fitting shorts are not allowed.
All shirts, blouses and dresses must have sleeves. Shirts and blouses must remain tucked into pants and skirts and the clothing should not expose areas of the stomach, side or back.
No camouflage may be worn. No items of clothing are allowed which are affiliated with any gang activity.
No flip-flops or shoes that present a safety hazard are allowed.
No hardware chains may be worn as belts, wallet chains or jewelry.
No hats, bandanas or headbands my be worn or displayed.
No items may be worn that have depictions of alcohol, drugs or weapons.
If a student violates the policy, he or she may be isolated from the rest of the students until more appropriate attire is obtained.