MOULTRIE — Back-to-school is just around the corner, and with new principals at the helm, both middle schools are uniting to establish one dress code for their students.

Students should wear attire that exhibits good taste and is appropriate for the occasion. All the guidelines agreed upon by Gray Principal Todd Cason and Williams Principal Doug Howell are subject to interpretation of the administration. Any other type of dress or garment that is distracting, immodest or interferes with learning will not be permitted, they said.

Boys must tuck in shirts, and pants must be belted. Girls must wear shirts and blouses long enough so not to reveal their midriffs, even when their arms are raised.

Unacceptable attire includes shorts, skirts and dresses more than three inches above the knee, sagging pants, exposed underwear, sleeveless shirts, sheer or see-through shirts, low-cut or revealing blouses, clothing that advertises alcohol, weapons, tobacco, drugs or gang-related colors or symbols, clothing with suggestive sexual remarks and/or innuendo, jeans or pants with holes above the knee, bedroom shoes or slippers, sunglasses, dark lens glasses (a doctor’s prescription or note will allow an exception), any distracting hair color or haircut and any body piercings other than ears.

Also not permitted are hats, caps, headbands, skull caps or any other headgear, including hoods. Hooded garments will be permitted at school, Cason said, but only if the hood is never worn on the head.

Neither girls nor boys can wear bandanas. Bandanas, he said, can indicate gang colors, so it’s best not to allow those accessories.

Shoes will be worn at all times by boys and girls. Students taking physical education must wear a shoe that will allow them to participate safely. Sandals, flip flops and other types of shoes that are backless or open-toed are not safe. If a student wears sandals or an open-type shoe, he must have another pair of appropriate shoes to wear for physical education.

Bookbags are discouraged at Gray Middle School, but students are permitted to use clear or net bookbags, Cason said. At Williams, Howell said he will allow bookbags because the school has no lockers and won’t place restrictions on the type.

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