Berkeley County Schools
(Effective Spring 2017)
The Berkeley County Board of Education recognizes that clothing and footwear worn by students in its public schools can often preoccupy and distract students from their major purpose for being in school, which is obtaining an education. The dress code procedure shall apply to all school activities during the school day.
Berkeley County Schools plans to disseminate information and implement this procedure through, but not limited to; staff development, student instruction, student/parent notification, and media/internet usage.
Exception for legitimate reasons such as a medical condition, religious practice, or for specialized classes or activities will be considered and may be granted by the school administration on a case by case basis.
The school administrator reserves the right to approve or disapprove any items not addressed in this procedure.
Decision to approve or disapprove items will be based on the goal of providing a safe and orderly environment for the education of all students.
Shirts must be worn in such a manner so as to:
Muscle shirts and tank tops are considered undergarments and must have a shirt over them or under them.
Shorts, skirts, skorts, and dresses must be worn in such a manner as to:
Pants must be worn in such a manner as to:
Uniforms or uniform dress may be required to be worn in curricular and extra-curricular activities. This is not limited to the following: JROTC, Physical Education, Band, Chorus, Athletic Teams, and other classes or programs deemed appropriate by the school principal.
Shoes must be worn at all times. Shoes must fit securely enough to the foot in order to allow safe movement.
Trench coats are not to be worn during the school day and should be stored appropriately.
Hats, bandanas, sweat-bands, and other types of head coverings will not be worn during the school day indoors.
Bedroom slippers are not permitted.
Jewelry and Accessories
Any jewelry or accessory that can be used or is perceived as a weapon is prohibited. Jewelry and accessories considered inappropriate but not limited to are:
Sunglasses will not be worn during the school day indoors.
Language, Symbols, and Messages
Student appearance and apparel must not show any reference to or inference of: