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Schools introduce new clothing rules
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Mary-Ella Lee holds up a Minions T-shirt from the Despicable Me movies, with friends Alex Cagle, left, and Rossie Holmes as they shopped JCPenney on Monday.

Warren County School System has finalized a dress code for its schools to follow. The effort in its first year is an attempt to bring consistency in the dressing requirements, says Director of Schools Bobby Cox.
“This is an effort to get consistent across the board,” said Cox. “We looked at all the schools’ dress codes that they had in their handbooks and brought a group together to look at them by grade level. That way, if a student is at Centertown or a student is at Morrison, they would have the same dress code. A principal always has flexibility by board policy but this is an effort to try and get consistent across the board.”
Prior to this year, schools were allowed to set their own dress codes which were included in handbooks given to students at the beginning of the year. Consequently, the dress codes varied slightly from school to school. 
Three dress codes have been set specifically for grades Pre-K through 4, grades 5 through 8, and Warren County High School. Cox says he was asked by principals to separate the grades into three sections rather than one dress code across the board.
“We talked with the principals before we did this,” said Cox. “They felt like this would be a good opportunity for everyone to get together and look at dress codes across the board. They asked that we make it grade specific. There are some things in Pre-k through 4th grade that are not applicable to grades 5 through 8.”
Pre-K through
4th grade:
Hats, caps other head coverings and sun glasses will not be worn in any way or form in the school building.  (May be allowed on special dress up days).
Unnatural hair coloring deemed disruptive to the educational process by the principal is not acceptable.
Clothing and accessories decorated with slogans that promote or are suggestive of drugs, sex, bodily functions, profanity, tobacco, alcohol, gang activities, criminal activity, violence or death and/or hate speech or symbols including organizations which promote these disturbing influences are prohibited.
Shoes must be worn at all times. Laces on shoes or sneakers must be tied.
Dresses, shorts or skirts that are slightly above the knee will be acceptable. 
All pants will be worn at the waistline. Jeans and pants must not sag, bag, drag, or expose undergarments.  Jeans or other clothing with holes or tears above the allowable short length are not allowed. A hole is a hole regardless of size. All holes repaired must be patched or sewn. 
Shirts must cover undergarments as well as midriff, chest, cleavage, back and buttock.  Clothing should meet this standard not only standing, but also when sitting stretching, bending, and/or stooping. See-through clothing is not acceptable.  
Wallet chains, dog chains or collars, bracelets or necklaces with spikes or sharp points and other wearing apparel that could be used as weapons are prohibited. 
Leggings may be worn only with dress code appropriate top/skirt/shorts that is/are slightly above the knee.  
Special dress days may be designated by the principal to include not limited to the following examples; field days, picture days, school spirit days, etc.
If a student feels that he/she cannot comply with the standardized dress code because of religious or ethnic beliefs or physical characteristics, the parent/guardian must provide a written explanation to the principal for possible relief from certain aspects of this dress code.   
Grades 5 through 8:
Hats, caps, other head coverings and sun glasses will not be worn in any way or form in the school building. (May be allowed on special dress up days).
Unnatural hair coloring deemed disruptive to the educational process by the principal is not acceptable.
Clothing and accessories decorated with slogans that promote or are suggestive of drugs, sex, bodily functions, profanity, tobacco, alcohol, gang activities, criminal activity, violence or death and/or hate speech or symbols including organizations which promote these disturbing influences are prohibited.
Shoes must be worn at all times. Laces on shoes or sneakers must be tied.
Dresses, shorts or skirts that are no shorter than a dollar bill width (2 ½ inches) from the crease in the back of the knee will be acceptable. 
All pants will be worn at the waistline. Jeans and pants must not sag, bag, drag, or expose undergarments.  Jeans or other clothing with holes or tears above the allowable short length are not allowed. A hole is a hole regardless of size. All holes repaired must be patched or sewn. 
Shirts must cover undergarments as well as midriff, chest, cleavage, back and buttock.  Sleeveless shirts must have a strap that is at least the width of a dollar bill (2 1/2 inches).  Clothing should meet this standard not only standing, but also when sitting stretching, bending, and/or stooping.   See-through clothing is not acceptable.  
Wallet chains, dog chains or collars, bracelets or necklaces with spikes or sharp points and other wearing apparel that could be used as weapons are prohibited. 
Form fitting clothes, such as spandex or biking shorts, are not acceptable as an outer garment.  Leggings may be worn only with dress code appropriate top/skirt/shorts that is/are no shorter than 2 1/2 inches (dollar bill width) above the knee.  
Special dress days may be designated by the principal to include not limited to the following examples; field days, picture days, school spirit days, etc.
For both of the above dress codes, the following was included:
“In keeping with the educational goals of this school, students are expected to dress and groom themselves with a sense of responsibility. The dress code eliminates obvious or perceived disruptive distractions and safety concerns. Each student will show a high degree of respect for the standards of decency, cleanliness and style appropriate to support an educational environment.
 “All dress code decisions shall be made by the principal in accordance with the school guidelines and Warren County school board policy. Dress code violations will result in 1st) a warning and a change of clothes, 2nd) call to parent to bring a change of clothes 3rd), 1 day of in school suspension and finally, 4) out of school suspension.  A call to parent or guardian will be made for each violation and may result in having clothes brought to school for the change.”
High School:
The majority of our students need no advice on appearance because they use good common sense. Decency, good taste, and the normal standards of the community are to be maintained in dress and grooming by all students. Any student attire that is considered contrary to good hygiene, distractive, disruptive in appearance, or detrimental to the educational environment or the public image of the school will not be permitted. Also, student attire should not be a hazard to the student’s safety or to the safety of others. The administration and teachers will determine the appropriateness of dress.
Apparel considered to revealing or unnecessarily concealing will not be permitted.
Shoulders, back and chest must be covered.
No holes. All holes repaired must be patched or sewn. Any patch or repaired area that is suggestive in placement or appearance is not permitted.
No tape can be used to cover a hole. A hole is a hole regardless of size.
Pants, skirts or shorts should be no shorter than four inches from the middle of the knee (front and back).
Sleeveless shirts are prohibited (Cap sleeves are acceptable).
All clothing must be appropriately sized. Tight fitting, baggy or saggy shirts or pants are not allowed. Sagging pants may not be worn. Pants must be belted and properly fit at the waist. Form-fitting clothing such as spandex, tights, and/or leggings will not be permitted unless it is worn under an appropriate length skirt.
Students may not wear clothing that mentions drugs, vulgar/obscene/profane captions, tobacco, alcohol, etc., or related to a gang or gang colors.
No headgear will be worn in the building. This includes hats (only on special dress up days), sweatbands, bandannas, sunglasses and do-rags. Hooded jackets, shirts, and sweat shirts cannot be worn with the hood covering the head. All hats are to be left in automobiles or lockers and not in student possession during the school day.
Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. Laces on shoes or sneakers must be tied. No house shoes are allowed.
Spiked accessories, oversized jewelry or belt buckles and inappropriate head coverings such as bandanas or do-rags are prohibited during school time or school functions. If student is unable to change into dress-compliant clothing, he/she will be assigned In School Suspension (ISS) for the remainder of the day:
First offense: First visit to discipline principal’s office will result in student changing to dress-compliant clothing. If the student is unable to change, the student will be sent to ISS for the day.
Second offense: Two days of ISS.
Third offense: One day Out of School Suspension (OSS)/Behavior Contract/Discipline Board.
Head Gear/
Sunglasses Policy:
First offense: Grade Level Principal will take up and keep until end of day.
Second offense: Head gear items(s) will be kept until the end of the semester.
Note: Student drivers who violate dress code policy will not be permitted to check out of school without parent permission.
Administration of Warren County High School reserves the right to determine if a student’s dress is or is not proper. This dress code is intended to eliminate obvious disruption distractions. Students who do not comply with the dress code will be referred to administration.
The dress code will be included in students’ handbooks for the year.