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DRESS CODE 2016 - 2017

Dress Code

Adopted by the Site-Based Council at the May 2004 meeting, updated March 2005 and May 2007.

 All Harrison County Middle School students are expected to be in compliance with the guidelines of the school dress code.  The Principal, under certain circumstances, may grant temporary waivers.

New additions as of January 2016:
Also included as “acceptable” dress code are the current collared zip pullovers by Under Armour (and similar brands) that are SOLID color.

Like our shirts regulation, if a logo is present it can be no larger than a credit card.

The collar or zipper may have a contrasting design.


  1. Must be solid color

  2. Must be collared – turtleneck or mock turtleneck is considered a collared shirt

  3. Must have long or short sleeves (no sleeveless)

  4. Must be either logo free, or can have a logo no larger than a credit card

  5. Must be knit, cotton, or oxford cloth style

  6. Solid color shirts may have a contrasting color on the collar and the sleeve band (ex. White shirt with navy collar and sleeve band, or the collar may have a contrasting design such as a stripe or geometric design.

  7. Must be tucked inside pants, shorts, or skirts and top of pockets should remain visible.  (Students should not wear clothing which cannon, under regular use, be kept tucked into the pants.  Shirts must be tucked in at all times

  8. No polar fleece pullovers or jackets.

  9. Only a crew neck, solid color t-shirt may be worn under the polo. (No tank tops or camisoles.)

  10. Polos for both boys and girls can only have the top 2 buttons unbuttoned.

 Pants, Shorts, Skirts, Dresses, or Jumpers

  1. Must be navy blue, khaki, or black

  2. If the pants, shorts, or skirts have belt loops, a belt must be worn.  A belt is not necessary if there are no belt loops.

  3. No jeans of any color. Corduroy is acceptable as long as they do not violate the pocket rule. (See next rule about pockets.)

  4. Pants, shorts, skirts or jumpers may only have 5 standard pockets at the waist and hip area.  (2 front, 2 back, 1 coin/watch pocket). No cargo pockets of any kind will be permitted.

  5. No bibbed pants, bibbed shorts, or bibbed jumpers.

  6. Pants may not cover the shoe or drag the floor.

  7. No fad fabrics such as spandex, lycra, leather, wetlook, mesh, sheer, metallic, fish net, knit, or any fabric which stretches.  There will be no rivets, stitching or decorations on clothing.

  8. Pants must be loose fitting, not skin tight.  (Relaxed fit is best.)

  9. No hip hugger pants.

  10. Pants and dresses must pass the flamingo test.  (Leg bent with lower leg parallel to the floor, with knees touching, skirt or shorts must touch the back of the calf of the bent leg.)

  11. No splits above the knee.

  12. Pants must be appropriately sized.

  13. No sagging.

  14. **Removal of belt loops to avoid wearing a belt is prohibited.**

Cardigan, Crewneck Sweaters and Sweatshirts

  1. May be worn over the collared or turtleneck shirt.  If the sweater is worn in place of the collared shirt, it must have a collar and be tucked into the pants.  If it is worn over the shirt it does not have to be tucked into the pants, but it may not cover pant pockets.

  2. Must be a solid color.  (May have a contrasting color on the collar and sleeve band.)

  3. No vest of any kind.

  4. No T-shirts over shirts.  If a T-shirt is worn under a shirt, it must be solid color with no logos or designs and have a crew neck.

  5. No ribbed shirts or thermal shirts can be worn over polos.


  1. Shoelaces must be tied tightly at all times.

  2. Clogs will be allowed.  Closed toe, open backed shoes are acceptable.

 Miscellaneous Items

  1. All clothing must be appropriately sized.

  2. Pants and shorts must be worn with the waistline at the waist level.  NO SAGGING!

  3. No undergarments can be visible.  Stomach cannot be exposed.  Students should not wear clothing which cannot, under regular use, be kept tucked into the pants.

  4. All hats are to be removed upon entering the building.

  5. Other items such as bandanas, scarves, sweatbands, combs, rakes, picks, or rollers are not to be worn at school.

  6. All outerwear such as coats, jackets, oversized shirts, wind shirts, fleece tops, hats, etc., are to be stored in the locker during the school day.

  7. Book bags, backpacks, pouches, fanny packs, etc., are to be stored in the locker during the school day.  Oversize purses may be required to be stored in the locker.

  8. Non-jewelry chains, including chains attached to wallets or purses may not be worn.  Only ears may be pierced with jewelry.  Necklaces and bracelets must be limited to one each, and necklaces should not be longer than 21 inches in total length.  Questionable jewelry shall be referred to the office.

  9. Harrison County logos on any clothing item will not be allowed except on days approved by the administration. Shirts are only to be worn on game or meeting days. If an event is scheduled for the weekend, shirts may be worn on Friday. Any HC shirts worn at other times must follow all other dress code rules regarding color, collar, logo size, etc.

  10. Students must remain in compliance with dress code until they leave the school premises unless otherwise approved by school personnel.

  11. If any article of clothing or accessory worn in the building leads to confusion or misunderstanding, school administration can/will make the final decision as to its appropriateness.


  1. If a teacher is conducting a special class activity that required special attire, the staff member will seek prior approval from the administration and contact the parents in writing in advance about the event and type of clothing. 

  2. New students will have a grace period to comply with the dress code.  The allotted time will be determined by the administration. 

  3. The wearing of any attire, cosmetics, presentation of extraordinary personal appearance, or any unsanitary body conditions, which in the judgment of the school administration significantly disrupts school work, interrupts scholastic endeavors, or threatens the health/welfare of the students, will not be tolerated.

Jeans Days

On designated Jeans Days, the following rules apply:

HCMS attempts to schedule a Jeans Day in accordance with school dances and as a reward day approximately 4 times a month.  Attendance at such school sponsored events is a privilege.  Students are expected to follow school disciplinary rules throughout the school year in order to participate in the jeans day.  If a student receives In-School Suspension (ISS) Out-Of-School Suspension (OSS), or Saturday School prior to a Jeans Day, the student may not participate in Jeans Day.  After the Jeans day, the suspension is lifted and the student is once again eligible for the following Jeans Day, unless another ISS, OSS, or Saturday School is received.

Students must also follow classroom policy such as turning in work and homework, on time, and behaving properly when class is being conducted. It is up to the teacher's discretion to take away jeans day for that week from a student if classroom policy is not followed.

If a student defies this policy and participates in the Jeans Day when prior discipline, (ISS, OSS, or Saturday School) precludes their participation, he or she will not participate in the next two scheduled Jeans Days and parents will be called to bring appropriate dress code related wear.  Further defiance of Jeans Day policy will result in he or she being excluded from participation in Jeans days for the remainder of the school year and possible discipline consequences for defiance of school rules.

  1. Properly fitting jeans – must be able to wear around the waist

  2. No extra pockets (two in front, two in back – where pockets normally are expected to be found).

  3. Solid color jeans with no extra decorations.

  4. No holes or cut-offs.

  5. Normal shirt requirements will be enforced unless we have a special team day of some type.  If that happens, we will allow shirts that show school spirit or team spirit.  No other shirts with slogans or other types of symbols will be allowed.



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