Dress Code

At Atkinson Middle School we are committed to preparing our students for the future. This preparation includes academics, social skills, and job skills. The classroom is a student’s “workplace” and therefore we expect them to dress accordingly. Students who violate dress code guidelines will be required to change into more appropriate clothing immediately and/or be removed from classes until a change of clothes can be brought in by a parent/guardian.

Our expectations for appropriate student dress include:

School IDs

Should be worn on a lanyard and around neck at all times. Only school-designated lanyards are allowed. Do not write, cover, or alter the ID or the ID cover.

Shirts

Spirit shirts are the REQUIRED school uniform. They are sold in the front office all year long for $8 each. Please note that polo shirts have been eliminated again for this year with district office approval. Undershirts, if worn, must be tucked in at all times. Shirts should not be oversized.

Parts, Shorts, and Skirts

Must be solid dark blue or black and may be of uniform or jean material. ALL bottoms must be appropriate sizes. Shorts and skirts must be appropriate length. (They may not be shorter than 3” above the knees). Leggings can only be worn with shorts or skirts of appropriate length. No excessive or offensive logos. No rips or cut offs. No sweat pants are allowed. No undergarments or shorts should be showing at any time.

Important: there is absolutely no sagging allowed. Pants must be waist high at all times. NO skinny jeans, oversized or baggy pants/jeans will be allowed. Pants must not sag so that undergarments or basketball shorts can be seen at any time. Undergarments/shorts must be completely covered by uniform pants/shorts. It is not sufficient for shirts to cover up undergarments. This is considered as indecent exposure on school campus and parents will be required to pick students up or bring a change of clothes immediately.

Belts

If worn, must be plain and must not any writing/wording on them. They may not be offensive or have spikes. The buckles must be appropriate sized. Initial, insignia or other questionable belt buckles are not permitted.

Shoes

Must be closed at the toe and must meet safety requirements. Sandals, flip-flops or slippers are not allowed.

Sweatshirts and Jackets

Can be worn outside as long as they do not have initials, pictures, logos or patterns that depict illegal, offensive or gang related references. Only plain sweatshirts or Atkinson sweatshirts may be worn inside the building. Students will be asked to remove jackets and sweatshirts that do not meet the criteria upon entering the building.

Jewelry

Is strongly discouraged and should be kept to a minimum. Jewelry should not have logos or patterns that depict illegal, offensive or gang related references. Spike earrings are not allowed.

Hats and Sunglasses

May be worn outside in order to protect from the sun. They must be out of sight and put away at all other times. Bandanas, hats, hairnets, doo-rags, etc. are not to be worn on campus.

Backpacks

Should have NO writing and/or graffiti on them. Backpacks with any writing will be confiscated for parent pick-up and will not allowed back to school.

Free Dress Days

During the school year, students will have opportunities to participate in free dress days. On these days, students must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Meet the requirements of the event
  • No ripped or cut off clothing
  • No questionable logos or writing
  • Sandals, flip-flops or slippers are not allowed
  • No logos or patterns that depict illegal, offensive or gang related references
  • No undergarments or revealing clothing (i.e. spaghetti straps, mid-drifts, low-cut tops, spandex)
  • No leggings or stretch pants

Items which endanger the health, safety and welfare of an orderly school environment are prohibited. The school administration has the right to change, add, or modify the dress code policy at any time. The school principal will make the final decision on all dress code issues.