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Dress Code

III.   Secondary Schools Dress Code


     All secondary schools in the Baldwin County Public Schools System shall implement, within the parameters set forth below, the mandatory dress code policy.


A.    Information Dissemination for Secondary Schools


                1.  It is the responsibility of district and school support staffs to adequately communicate to parents,               information common to all secondary schools including general guidelines for enforcement of the

                dress code policy.


                2.  Each secondary school shall communicate the dress code information to parents:


3.  The means by which this information is communicated shall include one or more of the following:

a.             County/School website

b.             Social media: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

c.             School newsletters;

d.             Parent meetings;

e.             Rapid notification system

f.              PTA meetings and newsletters;

g.             Parent advisory meetings;

h.             Television, radio and/or newspaper announcements;

i.              Posters displayed at school and in the community;

                                   j.            Registration materials.

B.        Compliance Guidelines for Secondary


1.             Upon the first infraction of the Dress Code, the student will be warned and the parent notified.

2.             Upon the second infraction of the Dress Code, the student will receive one-half day Saturday School or one full day of On Campus Suspension (OCS).

3.             Upon the third infraction of the Dress Code, the student will receive a full-day of Saturday School or one full day of On Campus Suspension (OCS).

4.             Upon the fourth infraction of the Dress Code, the student will receive a one-day suspension.

5.             Upon the fifth infraction of the Dress code, the student will receive a two-day suspension.

6.             Upon the sixth and subsequent infraction(s) of the Dress Code, the student will receive a three-day suspension, subject to expulsion.


C.             Secondary School Dress Code


                All attire: 

  • No pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing that:
    • Are lewd, offensive, vulgar or obscene,
    • Advertises or depicts tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs or any other illegal substance, or
    • Contains fighting words or incites criminal activity; or
    • Can reasonably be expected to cause a material or substantial disruption of, or interference with, normal school operations.




  • No cut off tops. (No midriff can be showing)
  • No sleeveless garments.
  • No see-through garments.
  • Designed so that the neckline does not reveal cleavage.
  • Designed to cover all undergarments.
  • Fit properly- no oversized or overly tight tops.
  • No tank top/undershirt can be worn as a shirt.



  • Length should be at fingertip/hand or mid-thigh, whichever is    longer.
  • Fit properly- no oversized or tight shorts.
  • No spandex, biker, or see-through shorts.
  • Must be hemmed and not rolled up



  • Length should be at fingertip or mid-thigh, whichever is longer.         
  • Splits may not exceed (3) inches above the top of the knee.



  • Proper fit- no sagging or baggy fit: worn at the waist.
  • No see through or spandex legging pants.
  • Leggings/tights may be worn only under shirts and dresses of

                              appropriate length.

  • No Oversized or tight pants.
  • No holes in jeans in inappropriate areas (length rule).
  • Sweat pants and warm-up suits will be allowed.



  • Must be worn at all times, fastened properly.
  • *Classes may require certain shoes. Ex.  P.E., Chemistry.
  • No bedroom slippers.


  • Other than safety-related accessories such as masks, accessories such as hats, caps, sweatbands, or other head covering will not be worn in building;
  • No gang related clothing/items will be allowed.


D.            Exemptions for Secondary Schools


All secondary students enrolled in the Baldwin County Public Schools shall be required to dress in accordance with the adopted dress code policy.  A student may be exempted from complying with the policy in the following instances:


(1)          When noncompliance derives from financial hardship;

(2)          When noncompliance derives from the student’s particular disability or health condition that requires a departure from the dress code; or

(3)          When noncompliance derives from a student’s sincerely held religious belief. –



If the parents or guardians desire not to have their child comply with any portion of the Baldwin County Board of Education dress code policy for the reasons stated above, or due to special extenuating circumstances related to an item listed above, the students’ parents or guardians must secure an exemption from their child’s school principal.  Parents or guardians should supply a written explanation to the school principal as to why an exemption should be granted.  If the outcome of the principal’s determination is not to the parent or guardian’s liking, the parent or guardian may submit a written exemption request to the Superintendent, or his or her designee.  Additional grounds for an exemption may be allowed at the principal’s discretion.