School clothing should be neat, clean, and of a professional nature for school activities. Attire should not cause a disruption to the learning environment. The dress code will be enforced at all school-sponsored activities. Clothing that violates this standard is unacceptable, and the student in violation will be asked to change.
  • Clothing should be neat, clean, fit properly and not distract from the learning environment.
  • Clothing that is revealing, strapless, see-through, low-cut, or exposes the midriff is not permitted. Undergarments should not be visible. 
  • School clothing, jewelry, book covers, backpacks, or binders should not display content or images such as sexual connotations, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, profanity, obscenity, weapons, or violence. Items that are discriminatory or demeaning toward others are prohibited. 
  • Sunglasses, hats, or hoods are not permitted indoors. 
  • Extreme hairstyles, hair dyes, or make-up which, in the determination of staff, is disruptive to the learning environment will not be permitted. 
  • Writing on skin is not permitted 
  • Blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, or balloons will not be permitted.

See Guidelines to Follow:

Tops must have a minimum 1 ½” (inch) wide strap.
Do NOT wear:
  • Tops that are revealing such as halter tops, tube tops, and bathing suit tops. 
  • Tops that are strapless, see-through, low-cut or expose the midriff 
  • Tank tops with deep cut arm holes
  • Pajama tops
Shorts, skirts, and dresses need to be an appropriate size for school and of at least midthigh length
Do NOT wear:
  • Pajama bottoms
  • “Sagging” pants 
  • Pants that are sheer or excessively tight
  •  Shorts that are shorter than mid-thigh 
  • Shorts that are excessively tight and bunch or ride-up
Footwear must adequately protect feet and not interfere with required school activities.
Do NOT wear:
  • Shoes with wheels
  • Slippers
Should be appropriate to the learning environment.
Do NOT wear:
  • Wallet chains over 3 inches long 
  • Long dangling belts 
  • Metal studs, safety pins, or similar modifications
The administration retains the sole discretion to make the final determination whether clothing, jewelry and accessories and/or appearance meet standards for common decency, respect, and safety.
Students who do not comply with the Bobcat Dress Code can expect the following:
1 st Offense: Change into P.E. clothes or other clothing from Health Office, receive warning
2 nd Offense: Change, parent notification, lunch detention
3 rd Offense: Change, parent notification, after school and/or lunch detention(s)
4 th Offense: Change, parent notification, after school and/or lunch detention(s)
Additional Offenses: Referral for defiance and escalating consequences which may include Saturday School, home or in-school suspension, and/or loss of privileges

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