2019-2020 Dress Code for Elgin MS & Elgin HS

It is the policy of the Elgin Local Schools Board of Education to recognize the rights and privileges of each student in the matters of dress and appearance to the extent that the exercise of that right does not interfere with the orderly process of education.

Attempts by students to call undue attention to themselves and/or disrupt the teaching-learning process shall not be permitted. This would include but not limited to revealing clothing, distracting body piercing; or gang related dress (including bandanas); or clothing that advertises or displays alcohol, tobacco, drugs or gang colors and insignias or references.

Section 1:

Basic Principle: Certain body parts must be covered on all students at all times.

Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, breasts, shoulders, midriffs, and undergarments are fully covered with opaque not excessively tight fabric.

All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.

Section 2:

Students Must Wear: while following the basic principle of Section 1 above:

A Shirt (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms), AND Pants/jeans or  the equivalent (for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress or shorts), AND Shoes.

*Courses that include attire as part of the curriculum (for example, physical education class, professionalism, public speaking, and job readiness) may include assignment-specific dress, but should not focus on covering bodies in a particular way or promoting culturally-specific attire. Activity-specific shoes requirements are permitted (for example, athletic shoes for PE).

Section 3:

Students May NOT Wear:

  • Violent language or images.

  • Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity).

  • Hate speech, profanity, pornography.

  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups.

  • Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments or exposes skin of areas listed in section 1.

  • Accessories or clothing that could be considered dangerous, used as a weapon or used to conceal a weapon.

  • Any item that obscures the face or head (such as hoods, sunglasses, hats, bandanas, etc.)

Section 4:

Students May Wear, as long as these items do not violate the sections above:

  • Hooded sweatshirts (as long as the hood does not cover the head, face, or ears)

  • Fitted pants (provided the buttocks are covered with a top or dress with an even hem around the garment)

  • Ripped jeans, as long as underwear and buttocks are not exposed.

  • Athletic attire

  • Visible straps on undergarments worn under other clothing (as long as this is done in a way that does not violate Section 1 above).


Section 5:

Dress Code Enforcement

To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the dress code consistently using the requirements below. School administration and staff shall not have discretion to vary the requirements in ways that lead to discriminatory enforcement.

Students will only be removed from spaces, hallways, or classrooms as a result of a dress code violation as outlined in Sections 1 through 4 above. Students in violation of Section 1 and/or 4 will be provided two (2) options to be dressed more to code during the school day:

  • Students will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.

  • Students will be provided with temporary school clothing to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.

All school time missed due to violation of the school dress code will be counted as unexcused absence time.


Any article of clothing or accessory that is deemed to be a distraction to the educational environment, or create a potential safety issue will be addressed by the administration.


2019-2020 Student Handbook

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Elgin Local Schools
1239 Keener Road South  
Marion, OH 43302

Phone:  740.382.1101  
Fax: 740.382.1672