St. Mary’s County Public Schools

STUDENT DRESS CODE

Standards for appropriate attire shall include the following:

Clothing and Accessories in General

· Clothing displaying or suggesting profanity; sexual activity through graphic images, words, or innuendos;

weapons; drugs/alcohol or drug paraphernalia; violence; or tobacco products may not be worn.

· Clothing with identifiable gang/crew representation or paraphernalia may not be worn.

· Suggestive or provocative clothing such as see-through clothing or shirts/blouses/dresses with low

necklines which show cleavage may not be worn.

· Official St. Mary's County Public Schools’ athletic uniforms may be allowed at the discretion of the coach.

· Student dress for mixers (informal dances) must be in compliance with the Student Dress Code.

Head

· Hats/Headdresses may only be worn indoors for religious or health reasons.

Shirts and Blouses

· Shirts and blouses should be continuous from the neckline to the waist of the pants/skirt/skort. Shirt

straps should be at least two (2) inches wide over the shoulder or covered by a sweater, jacket, or other

shirt and in any case, strapless shirts/blouses may not be worn. The midriff area (front, back, and sides)

must not be visible at any time even when seated.

· No undergarments should be exposed.

· Shirts having large armholes and neck holes, such as muscle shirts, may not be worn.

Skirts and Dresses

· Skirts, dresses, and spandex skirts should be approximately one (1) inch below the fingertips.

· Dress straps should be at least two (2) inches wide over the shoulder or covered by a sweater, jacket, or

other shirt and in any case, strapless dresses may not be worn.

Pants and Shorts/Skorts

· Pants and shorts/skorts should be secured at waist: no sagging below waist to expose undergarments.

· Tights, stretch pants, leggings, and spandex body suits must be worn with clothing which meet the

skirt/dress directives.

· Shorts/skorts should be approximately one inch below the fingertips.

· Pajama pants may not be worn.

Shoes

· Shoes must be worn that are safe for all activities.

· Elementary school students must wear shoes that are secured behind the ankle.

· Shoes with wheels may not be worn.

Accessories

· Jewelry, belts, chains, and other accessories that may be used as or look like a weapon or create a

significant disruption may not be worn.

· Studded accessories are not permitted.

It is recognized that age and maturity may be considered in determining the appropriateness of a student’s attire.

Appropriateness will be determined by the school principal/designee.

Any questions related to this dress code should be directed to your child’s school or the St. Mary’s County Public Schools

 

Department of Student Services at 301-475-5511, Option 2.