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The Board of Education believes there is a close relationship between proper dress, good grooming, and student conduct.  In an endeavor to promote a desirable learning situation within the schools, the Board has authorized guidelines for student grooming and dress.  The Board of Education further believes proper student grooming and dress are primarily the responsibility of the student and their parents.

We at Decatur Community Junior/Senior High School believe in preparing students for a successful future.  Dressing appropriately for different occasions is a part of that success.  Appropriate school attire promotes self-respect and school pride.  The following attire will not be worn by DCJ/SHS students during school hours or at home activities:

  • Caps, hats, or bandanas (male and female) are not permitted in the building or other buildings if attending a school related event.
  • Wind pants, sweat pants, pajama pants, athletic shorts (except for P.E. classes), and slippers
  • Halter tops, spaghetti straps, low-cut shirts, mesh shirts, or bare midriff tops, All tank top straps need to be two-finger width
  • Indiscreet low-cut or low-slung pants (sagging), tights and leggings without a mid-thigh over garment. Bras and other undergarments must not be visible.
  • Shirts advertising alcohol, drugs, tobacco, suggestive or inappropriate topics
  • Un-hemmed shorts or cutoffs, holes in jeans must be below mid-thigh. Holes in jeans are allowable above mid thigh; however, skin or undergarments may not be visible at any time.
  • Shorts or skirts must not be shorter than mid-thigh
  • Gang attire, such as chains or accessories that could be used for weapons
  • A student who is sent to the office for inappropriate attire will be issued appropriate clothes from the office collection of clothing.
  • Hair must be kept out of the eyes.
  • Coats may not be worn in class unless requested or approved by the teacher.
  • Cell phones, Ipods, or other technology devices are not to be worn or seen in the hallways or classroom.
  • PE shoes are required in the gym. No street shoes.
  • Headphones are not to be worn outside of class.

This dress code also applies to school trips and school functions where students are representing our school. 

Exceptions to this code for health reasons must be cleared through the principal.  Students will be asked to put on appropriate attire immediately.  Failure to comply with the request will result in the student being brought to the Principal’s office where the students will be given a shirt to wear.  Refusal to wear the shirt will result in an In-School Suspension.  Continued infractions of the dress code may result in suspension.

Administrator Discretion on Dress Code: The example and guidelines listed above may not cover every possible instance of appropriate or inappropriate grooming or appearance. The interpretative authority as to what dress or grooming is inappropriate, disruptive, a hindrance to best learning situations, or a detriment to best discipline shall be vested in the principal or any other administrative authority in the school system.

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