Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

5511 - DRESS AND GROOMING

The Board of Education recognizes that each student's mode of dress and grooming is a manifestation of personal style and individual preference. The Board will not interfere with the right of students and their parents to make decisions regarding their appearance, except when their choices interfere with the educational program and process of the schools.

The Board believes that appropriate dress and grooming are necessary to promote discipline, maintain order, secure the safety of students, and provide a healthy environment conducive to academic purposes. Student dress or grooming practices which present a hazard to the health, safety or welfare of the student himself/herself or to others in the school; materially interfere with school work, create disorder, or disrupt the educational process; distracts or is indecent to the extent that it interferes with the teaching and learning process; and displays or promotes drug, alcohol or tobacco-related product that is prohibited in school buildings, on school grounds, in school-leased or owned vehicles and at all school-affiliated functions are prohibited.

The dress code shall be incorporated into the Student Code of Conduct or Discipline Code.

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines to implement this policy which:

 A.designate the principal as the arbiter of student dress and grooming in his/her building;

 B.staff members should demonstrate by example and precept wholesome attitudes toward neatness, cleanliness, propriety, modesty, and good sense in attire and appearance;

 C.ensure that all rules implementing this policy impose only minimum and necessary restrictions on the exercise of the student's taste and individuality.

WV State Board Policy 4373