GROOMING AND DRESS CODE
The Pell City Board of Education recognizes the effect that student dress and grooming have upon behavior and
commitment to learning. It further recognizes the role of parents in assisting their children in asking appropriate
choices regarding clothing, accessories, and personal appearances. In order to maintain and atmosphere conducive
to learning, the Board requires that all students exercise good taste with regard to their personal appearance. Attire
considered disruptive or that could present a health or safety problem is not appropriate.
With this in mind, the following rules concerning dress and grooming are mandatory for all students attending Pell
City Schools. Students who fail to follow these rules shall be subject to disciplinary actions.
- Any clothing, appearance, or personal hygiene and grooming practices that draw an inordinate amount of
attention to the individual are considered inappropriate for school. The dress and/or grooming style of any
student must not interfere with the educational process of any Pell City School.
- Students must be neat and clean at all times. An unkempt or sloppy appearance is not appropriate in the
learning environment of school. All clothes should be in a state of good repair, i.e., no holes, no cut-off shorts,
- Students are to wear clothing in the manner it was designated to be worn, i.e. clothing worn backward or inside
out, suspenders undone are not allowed. Specifically, pants worn too low (low rider, sagging or slacking), too
long (that drag the floor), or excessively large clothing are not permitted.
- Students are not to wear clothing that reveals the body in an inappropriate manner. Shoulder straps should be at
least 2 inches wide (Examples: clothing which is too tight, too short, bare at the midriff, bare at the sides,
sundresses, “spaghetti strap” type tops, tank tops, and off-the shoulder tops, low-cut front or back tops, sheer or
see through, etc.).
- Length of shorts, dresses, skirts, etc., must not be shorter than 3 inches above top of knee. Length must be
appropriate whether the student is standing or sitting. Spandex pants, leggings, jeggings, leotard, etc., may be
worn only when the top worn with them meets the 3 inch requirement. (Long tee shirts are not allowed.)
Athletic, gym, nylon, spandex, swimsuit shorts are not allowed;
- Students are not to wear jewelry, ornaments, or accessories which distract from the educational process:
excessively noisy jewelry and/or belts. Males may not wear earrings. Facial and/or tongue jewelry is not
allowed for males or females.
- T-shirts or any type clothing or personal item bearing a reference to alcoholic beverages, tobacco products,
drugs, drug-related slogan, and or any other wording, drawing, pictures, etc. which in any way can be
interpreted as being “off-color”, suggestive, obscene, or offensive or relating to, death, the occult, Satanism, etc.
are not permitted. “Gang” related slogans, names, apparel, etc. are not permitted in school or at any schoolrelated
- Caps, hats, bandannas, sunglasses, or other headwear are not worn during the regular school day.
- Outerwear (coats, sunglasses, gloves, etc.) is not to be worn in the building during normal school time (unless
temperature or individual medical problems dictate this to be appropriate and the proper documentation must be
on file in the office).
- All students are required to wear their hair in such a manner that is not considered unkempt, unclean, or
impairing vision. Students are not to wear hair dyed in unusual colors, spiked, shave head areas, shave head
patterns, (numbers, names, symbols, designs, mohawks, etc.).
- Students are not to wear extreme facial make-up.
- Students should not wear heavy metal chains, metal spiked apparel, or accessories, etc.
- Students are required to wear appropriate shoes at all times-no bare feet. Boots with chains, steel toes, or other
metal reinforcement or decorations are not allowed. Students may be asked to remove shoes that present a
safety risk to students.
- Cheerleader, dance team, etc. uniforms are not to be worn to class.
- Gym style sweat pant are not to be worn except in physical education. Matching nylon warm-up suits that are
loose fitting are acceptable.
- Clear and/or mesh bookbags and backpacks may be required for grades 5-12.
- The principal or his/her designee will make the final judgment on dress code issues and as to whether or not
student’s clothing is appropriate for school wear.
- If there is any question about an article of clothing or jewelry, the student should ask the question
whether or not it could be offensive or cause undue attention or distraction. If “YES” is the answer, then
the clothing or jewelry should not be worn to school. Students, who arrive at school inappropriately
dressed, may face disciplinary action, and will be required to change into appropriate clothing or remove
- The privileges offered under the Dress Code may be withdrawn from any student who fails to meet the Code of
Conduct in general.
- Students who violate the rules and/or intent of the Dress Code will be subject to punitive action as well as
having privileges allowed under the Dress Code withdrawn.
- If any aspect of the Dress Code becomes a consistent problem, appropriate adjustments will be made by the
administration to address the situation. For instance, if students consistently fail to meet the guidelines under
which they are allowed to wear shorts to school, then that privilege can be revoked for all students.
** At the high school level, cheerleaders, and dance team members may be allowed to wear approved uniforms
with opaque tights on game days. At the high school level it is believed that such a practice will help foster
school spirit, as well as make others aware of athletic events.