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School Dress Code

Dress Code

This policy, as well as policies concerning attendance, absences, bullying, cellphones, and vehicles, can also be found in the online Parent-Student Handbook.


Students shall dress and groom in a clean, neat, and modest manner so as not to distract from student learning or interfere with the operation of the school. Failure to comply with the dress code of the McMinn County School system will result in disciplinary consequences.

Large chains, spiked jewelry, or other jewelry that may be dangerous is prohibited. No article of clothing, apparel, jewelry, or tattoos may be worn which implies or otherwise mentions alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex, gangs, offensive language, harming of others, hatred or any prejudice. Only the American flag may be worn and shall be worn in an appropriate manner. All apparel must be appropriately sized with no holes. Clothing must not be see-through or revealing. Undergarments shall not be visible at any time.

Certain coursework in high school requires coinciding appropriate attire (i.e. shorts for gym class or marching band, lab coats for science, pants and closed-toed shoes for shop classes). For the safety of our students, these requirements shall be insisted upon.

We encourage parents to communicate with the administration if there is a question about the appropriateness of any particular item of clothing before the clothing is worn to school.


Shirts, blouses, and dresses shall have sleeves and shirttails should be an appropriate length. Shirts, blouses, dresses, and outerwear should not expose the shoulders, midriff, or cleavage.


Shorts must reach at least the mid-thigh and fit appropriately. Pants, shorts, dresses, skirts, and sweatpants should not be sagging or baggy and undergarments should never be exposed. Skirts and dresses must be worn to the mid-thigh. Ankle-length, opaque leggings may be worn under tunics or blouses that are mid-thigh length. Pajamas are not allowed.


School sanctioned organization wear (spirit wear) may be worn at any time but must be approved by the principal. No homemade/handwritten spirit wear will be allowed.


Coats and hoodies must fit the criteria of shirts. Trench coats or long coats may not be worn in the school building during school hours.


Shoes are to be worn at all times.


Head coverings (hoods, hats, bandanas or sweatbands) and sunglasses are not to be worn in the school. Jewelry that may be dangerous is prohibited.


The items specifically cited in this dress code should not be viewed as "all inclusive." The administration may make decisions about items that are disruptive to the educational process and deal with those items accordingly.


All appeals concerning dress code violations will take place at the school level. Each principal will appoint an appeals committee consisting of four (4) staff members. A fifth staff member will be appointed an alternate to the committee. An appeal for dress code violation will be made in writing by a parent or legal guardian to the principal or his/her designee within three (3) days of receipt of notice of the violation. The principal (or designee) will arrange for a hearing as soon as practical, but no later than ten (10) days after receipt of the appeal. After hearing the appeal and reviewing the dress code, the committee shall decide:

(1)     To uphold the action of the principal.

(2)    To uphold the position of the student/parent that no infraction of the dress code occurred.

The decision shall be made in writing to the parent(s) making the appeal and to the principal of the school. The decision of the Appeals Committee will be final.

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McMinn County High School
2215 Congress Parkway
Athens, Tennessee 37303
Phone: 423-745-4142
Fax: 423-745-0584