Signal Mountain Middle High School


Dress Code


The dress code is designed to allow for student comfort while maintaining an environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the educational setting. A statistical correlation exists between good grooming, personal attire, and achievement. Apparel and/or appearance should promote student learning and should not be disruptive to the learning environment. An important goal of a dress code is to teach young people that in the larger arena of life, different types of dress are appropriate for different settings. Apparel that is appropriate for social settings may not be appropriate for school.


Disciplinary Actions for Dress Code Violations include, but are not limited to: warning and being made to change, ISS, and/or administrative decision for further additional consequences.


1. Clothing that reveals the navel is unacceptable. Shirts should extend below the top of the pants when standing as well as when seated.
2. Strapless shirts, backless tops, halters, tank tops, see-through material, and low-cut shirts are not appropriate for school. Top apparel must be modest and no cleavage or bare midriff should be revealed. All tops must have a minimum of 3-fingesr width on the shoulders and NO undergarments should be visible.
3. Shirts may not depict suggestive wording, pictures, graphics, or advertisements for alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs, sex, gangs, etc. Students will not be allowed to turn shirts inside out.


1. No underwear is to be visible when standing or sitting.
2. No holes may be present in any garment worn.
3. Skirts, shorts, and dresses must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee. Students should be able to sit, stand, and walk without revealing underwear above or below the garment. Dress tops must comply with the requirements of appropriate shirt and tops guidelines.
4. Pants must fit appropriately (no sagging or extremely tight pants) and pants may not be ripped or have holes, or patches.
5. Pajama pants are not permitted.
6. All clothing worn with or over leggings, tights or yoga pants, must be no more then 3 inches above the knee.
7. Sweatpants and athletic shorts and must adhere to the 3 inch above the knee rule.
8. Shoes or other appropriate footwear are to be worn at all times. No house shoes or slippers.
9. Coats are not to be worn during school, and must be placed in a locker upon entering the school building. Fleece, sweatshirts, and pullovers may be worn during school, but hoods cannot be worn.
10. Hats, “do-rags”, and sunglasses are not to be worn in the building from the time the building opens until dismissal. These items must be kept in lockers during the school day, and if seen with student during the day, they are subject to confiscation.
11. Any inappropriate piercing will be dealt with at the discretion of the administration.

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