BMMS Dress Code/Grooming Policy
All Bettye Myers Middle School students are expected to dress appropriately for an educational environment. Any clothing that interferes with or disrupts the educational environment is unacceptable. Clothing with language or images that are vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene or clothing that promotes illegal or violent conduct, such as the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia, or clothing that contains threats such as gang symbols is prohibited. Clothing should fit, be neat and clean, and conform to standards of safety, good taste, and decency. Clothing that exposes cleavage, private parts, the midriff, or undergarments, or that is otherwise sexually provocative, is prohibited. Each campus principal/administrator will have the final say as to the appropriateness of any dress code question.
The following items are also prohibited:
Pants: Torn Jeans, Jeans frayed at the bottom, Jeans with holes, Jeans with holes that are patched, Cut-offs, Large Legged Pants, Deep Pocketed Pants, Pajama Pants/lounge pants or pants that could be worn as sleep wear, Sagging Sweat Pants, Yoga Pants, or any Pants with writing on the back side.
Skirts: All skirts must be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee. The measurement is taken from the side of the leg. The top of the slit of the skirt must end no less than 4 inches above the knee.
Shirts: Tight Shirts, Sheer Shirts, Shirts with large arm holes, Strapless Shirts, Spaghetti Strap shirts, Tank Tops, Low Cut Shirts that show cleavage, Backless Shirts; Lace Shirts; If a student wishes to cover the shirt with a shrug, cardigan, or jacket, the under shirt must be in dress code. All shirts should cover the entire length of the shoulder.
Shorts: All shorts must be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee. The top of the slit of the shorts must end no less than 4 inches above the knee. Boxer Shorts, Spandex Shorts, Running Shorts, Frayed Shorts, and Shorts with holes are prohibited. Shorts with writing on the back side are prohibited.
Shoes: House shoes, Slippers, Water Shoes
Tights: Tights/Hosiery/Leggings/Jeggings are not considered pants and should be covered with shorts, a skirt, or pants that are dress code acceptable. A shirt will not serve as an acceptable form of cover-up.
Apparel Colors: Clothing /apparel of a particular color(s) or hue(s) worn with the intent to intimidate other students, promote, encourage, demonstrate, or suggest gang/club initiation, affiliation, association, sponsorship, or membership or to provoke or elicit a response from other students, shall not be permitted. This includes shoe strings, bandanas, jewelry and/or other accessories.
Hair: Hairstyles that create a distraction are not permitted. Mohawks are not permitted. Unlike a Mohawk, aFohawk is a spiky hair style that has tapered sides and only spikes from the forehead to the crown of the head. Mohawks are prohibited; Fohawks are acceptable. Students will not be permitted to wear hair dyed an “unnatural” color (i.e., a hair color that does not occur naturally in the human species). Students will not be permitted to shave, cut, comb, style, or wear symbols, designs, numbers, or letters in the hair; nor rubber band or gel hair into styles that are a distraction from the business of school work. Hats/Hoods are not allowed in the building. Hats and Hoods may be worn outside before and after school day hours.
Body/Face: Pierced ears may be adorned with simple non-disruptive jewelry; however, other body piercing may not be adorned or augmented. Heavy ear bars, multiple ear bars, large holes and gages are not appropriate for school. Other piercings are not permitted. All tattoos and body paintings must be covered. Students are also discouraged from writing/drawing on themselves. Students will not be permitted to “notch,” remove, or shave eyebrows, and students shall not file or display/exhibit filed teeth. Artificial decorative mouth pieces are not permitted (e.g. Grills)
The responsibility for adhering to the dress code begins with the student and parents of the student. If a student violates school dress code, he/she will be asked to change clothes or remove the inappropriate item. Students may change into appropriate clothing they have on campus, borrow clean clothing from the campus clothing closet, or contact the parent to provide appropriate clothing. Multiple violations of the dress code may result in disciplinary consequences.