Dress Code for Grades K - 8
All students enrolled in grades K through 8 in the Meriwether County School System shall adhere to the following standardized dress code:
Solid khaki or navy tailored pants may be worn by girls and boys. They must be of an appropriate size and worn at the natural waistline. A belt must be worn if the pants have belt loops. For safety reasons, the belt must not dangle and the pants must not touch the floor. For safety reasons, no cargo-style pants (with outside pockets) or over-sized pants are allowed. Solid navy sweat suits and solid navy or khaki bib overalls are permissible in Kindergarten and First Grade.
Solid khaki or navy tailored shorts may be worn by boys and girls. They must be no shorter than two (2) inches above the knee. For safety reasons, no cargo-style shorts (with outside pockets) or over-sized shorts are allowed. No gym or athletic silky-type shorts are allowed. No tights/leggings, bicycle shorts are allowed.
Solid white, light blue, navy, burgundy or school color (where you child attends school) shirts and blouses may be worn by boys and girls. They may have long or short sleeves and must have a collar. Appropriate collar styles include traditional shirt collars (button-down or wing-style), turtlenecks, Henley and buttoned bands. For safety reasons, shirts and blouses must be of an appropriate size and must be worn tucked in unless they have banded hems. Small brand name logos or school logos are acceptable. GEWES colors: orange or royal blue; MVES colors: forest green or yellow; UES colors: red or royal blue; GMS colors: red or royal blue; MMS colors: royal blue or gray. No tank tops, shirts and blouses made with mesh or see-through fabrics, that are cut in such a way as to allow undergarments or excessive skin to be seen are allowed.
Solid navy or khaki skirts, jumpers or skorts may be worn by girls as long as they are no shorter than two (2) inches above the knee when standing. Jumpers must be worn with a blouse that conforms to the dress code.
Solid white, gray, navy, or school color cardigans or pullover sweaters or sweatshirts may be worn. For safety reasons, no trench coats or other jackets that extend below mid-thigh or oversized sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets or coats are allowed. GEWES colors: orange or royal blue; MVES colors: green or yellow ; UES colors: red or royal blue; GMS colors: red or royal blue; MMS colors: royal blue.
Shoes, Socks and Ties:
All shoes must have a back or a strap with heels that are no more than one (1) inch when measured from the sole. Shoes designed for laces must be laced and tied; Velcro fasteners must be fastened. No flip flops, open toe sandals or bedroom shoes/slippers are allowed. Socks may be white, navy, khaki, light blue or black. Ties and scarves in khaki, navy, white or light blue are permitted.
Hats/Caps/Sweat bands/Do-Rags/Hair nets/Wraps
No hats, caps, sweat bands, do-rags, hair nets or hair wraps are allowed. Hats or caps may be worn outside the building only on cold winter days. Hat/caps may be worn on designated "special days" such as "hat day". These designated "special days" will be determined at each individual school and must be approved by the building principal.
The following items are not permitted in school either for safety reasons or because they may disturb the learning environment:
- Jewelry that may be a danger to the wearer or others, such as long, dangling earrings or heavy pendants
- Jackets, book bags or other items that display a message which directly or indirectly relates to goods or services which are prohibited by law to minors such as alcohol, tobacco and controlled substances
- Jackets, book bags or other items that display swastikas or gang-related symbols
- Denim is not permitted.
- Studded leather or metal type collars
- Combs (including rat-tail combs), pics or hair rollers in hair
- Over-sized belt buckles
The above list is examples of items but it is not an all inclusive list.
Students will have ten (10) school days from the calendar day they initially register with a Meriwether County school to be in compliance with the dress code. Upon registering, all parents will be given a copy of the dress code and a written list of stores where clothing that fits the dress code may be purchased. Parents having difficulty affording appropriate clothing will be given a list of resources where they can find discounted clothing and/or other assistance.
Students may be allowed to opt-out of the standardized dress code under the following conditions:
- When wearing a button, arm-band or other accoutrements to exercise the right to freedom of speech, unless the button, arm-band or other accoutrement is in violation of the prohibitions dealing with obscene, slanderous or vulgar speech
- When wearing the required attire violates a student's sincerely held religious beliefs
- When pregnant and wearing maternity attire
- When taking part in organized school activities, including special-dress days approved by the principal.
Compliance and Consequences:
A system of rewards that recognizes students, classes, grades or parents who show school pride and leadership by complying with the dress code in a consistent manner may occur at nine-weekly intervals and will fit in with the standard reward systems already in place at each school.
The consequences for not conforming to the dress code will vary with the number of incidences of non-compliance. Teachers and principals will try to ascertain the reason for the non-compliance before consequences are enacted.
First offense: Warning
Second offense: Letter and/or telephone contact with parent
Third offense: Students will be expected to wear clothing supplied by the school. Alternatively, parents can bring clothes to school or take their children home.
The school retains the right to withdraw the privilege of purchasing non-instructional items at school whenever students are out of uniform. They may also use other discipline methods that conform to the existing school policy.
At no time will corporal punishment be used to punish children who are not in compliance with the dress code.