The orderly conduct of the educational process requires that the clothing and grooming of students not be distracting, disruptive, or provocative. The teaching staff and dress code committee of Spartanburg School District Five believe that children who have positive self-concepts tend to be better students and, consequently, better citizens when their formal education has been completed.  Positive self-concepts are enhanced when students wear appropriate clothing to school. Any style of clothing tending toward immodesty, exposure, or excessive emphasis of any body features, will not be considered appropriate dress for school. Students are encouraged to take pride in their appearance with proper grooming and dress.


    The following items are specifically prohibited in District Five Schools:

    1.       Hats or sunglasses (These items must be stored in lockers, book-bags, etc., throughout the school day.)

    2.     Sheer or see-through blouses or shirts, tank tops, or muscle shirts without a garment that covers the body.

    3.     Any skin-tight clothing (bikers' pants, etc.) without an accompanying over garment.

    4.     Garments with slogans, patches, buttons, flags, emblems, or symbols that degrade human dignity (Slogans or patches must be an integral part of the clothing.)

    5.     Garments that display illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or tobacco.

    6.     Any conditions that violate the state health and safety regulations (e.g., shoes and shirts must be worn at all times in public buildings; however, the soles of footwear must not be made of material that has a possibility of causing damage to school property, such as metal heel plates, taps, cleats, etc.)  

    7.   Loose-fitting shorts (not to be confused with running shorts or tennis shorts) will be permitted in grades 7 & 8. Any students wearing shorts that do not meet the criteria outlined above and requiring a change of clothes, will be warned for the first offense in addition to being required to change clothes.  Any subsequent violation will result in the student’s privilege to wear shorts being revoked for the remainder of the school year.  Any clothing or symbol deemed by the administration to be disruptive to the educational process may be prohibited.  The administration will identify the potentially disruptive clothing or symbol  to the parents and the students by posting notice on the school's bulletin board of any special prohibition which may arise during the school year.  The parents or guardians will be notified when their children have been found in violation of the dress code. Those students violating the dress code will be removed from class and required to change clothes.. Judgment of questionable dress will be made on a case-by-case basis. The dress code committee reserves the right to review or modify the dress code as needed.

    8.   No facial body piercing with exception of ears.