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Dress Code

Dress Code

Duluth High School acknowledges that good grooming and personal attire positively affect student achievement and conduct. Duluth’s dress code is designed to reduce the likelihood of distraction or disruption and to maintain an academic focus in the classroom and on campus.

Instruction is interrupted when a student has to be seen by an administrator because of inappropriate dress. If in the judgment of the administration or staff, a student is dressed inappropriately, the student will be required to change clothing. Often, the student has to miss instruction time while waiting for a change of clothing to be brought to the school. Time out of class will be regarded as unexcused.

Duluth’s administration and staff would like the cooperation of the students and parents in reviewing the student’s dress to insure it meets the following dress code guidelines before the student comes to school.

1. Headgear

Headgear is prohibited and must be kept out of sight in the building. This includes, but is not limited to: caps, hats, hoods, bandanas, wave caps, sweatbands, sunglasses, or any other head covering. No combs, rakes, curlers or picks can be worn in the hair. *Exceptions for religious or medical reasons to be granted by the principal.

2. Shirts/Blouses/Tops/T-shirts

Blouses/shirts should be constructed so that the tops of the shoulders are covered (no halter tops, strapless tops, spaghetti straps, or bare shoulder tops of any type will be allowed). Blouses/shirts that expose any portion of the waist, cleavage, hips or midriff are not allowed. (If you raise your arms to shoulder level and the stomach shows, the top is unacceptable.) Other blouses/shirts that are not appropriate for school include, but are not limited to, low-cut, see through, backless, or tube tops. Rips or holes are not allowed in shirts/tops. Boys are not to wear sleeveless shirts

3. Shorts/Skirts/Pants

All shorts and skirts must be no shorter than 8 inches from the bottom of the knee. Tights and leggings worn under shorts and skirts do not negate the 8 inch rule. Slits in skirts cannot be above mid-thigh. Waistline of shorts/skirts/pants must be on or above the hips with no underwear showing. There should be no rips or holes above mid-thigh.

4. Tights, Leotards

Stretch lycra, spandex or nylon tights, leotards, biker pants or underwear worn as an outer garment are strictly prohibited (except in dance class or P.E.)

5. Trench Coats/Long Coats

Students may not wear trench coats or other long coats that resemble the style of a trench coat to school. Students may not wear blankets, capes or cloaks to school. All coats must be properly worn.

6. Shoes

Health regulations and safety factors require that shoes be worn at all times at school (bedroom shoes are not allowed).

7. Undergarments

Undergarments should not be visible.

8. Sleepwear

No pajamas or sleepwear of any kind are allowed to be worn to school.

9. Overalls

Overalls must fit and be fastened appropriately. A shirt of proper length and style must be worn under the overalls at all times.

10. Wording/Symbols

No student clothing shall display words or symbols that advocate or depict violence, drugs, alcohol, sex, illegal gang affiliation or other illegal activity expressed or implied. No student clothing or accessories shall be disruptive or have caused past disruption to the school environment.

11. Jewelry or accessories that are considered heavy and/or bulky that could pose a danger to others is not permitted to be worn at school.

12. Students are not allowed to display clothing or symbols that have been identified by the Gwinnett County Police Gang Taskforce as being commonly identified with gangs. Garments, jewelry, body art and tattoos that communicate gang allegiance are not allowed to be worn at school, and no item may be worn in a manner that communicates gang affiliation.

Gang related attire includes but is not limited to the following: Students rolling up one pant leg, gang-styled belt buckles (belt buckles which have Old English script letters and symbols), large oversized pendants on necklace and chains, bandanas, altering clothing from its original form to change the names and/or intended marking on the clothing, sweat, head, and/or wrist bands, and draping articles of clothing, towels, or other objects out of pants pockets or over the shoulder or neck area.

This rule is subject to updates as additional wearing apparel becomes identified as gang affiliated or disruptive. You should consult the DHS web site frequently to be informed about additions or changes to this rule.

13. All belts must be properly fastened around the waist. The belt should not be excessive in length and should not be hanging from either side of the body.

14. Exceptions to the Duluth High School dress code may be made by the Principal or his/her designee for specific reasons.