FLHMS Dress Code 2021-2022
Why do we have a dress code?
At FLHMS, we want to show PRIDE in our school, our scholar’s achievements, and represent with our colors! We support and show off our community pride when we represent the school proudly in the building and in the community. Originally developed in response to requests from families to ease the economic and social pressure that student’s face due to clothing choices, over the years students and staff have designed and developed an awesome array of options for students to choose from -- from polos to hoodies and t-shirts galore! Leadership groups sport their own special shirts each year. Three years ago, FLHMS students voted on new school colors (navy blue and gold!) and the School Leadership Team, with input from teachers, families, and school leaders, decided to adopt the current dress code. Each year students add onto their scholar swag with new designs and special edition options!
What is the Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School dress code?
We respectfully request that all student dress and appearance is neat, clean, in good repair, and in good taste. For example, shirts must be large enough that they cover the student’s stomach, and pants must fit so that undergarments do not show. Clothing that is extremely tight fitting, inappropriately low-cut, or too short is not acceptable for the school environment. Head gear (e.g., hats, hoods, do-rags, bandanas) of any kind is only permitted on specific School Spirit Days.
What happens if a student comes to school out of Dress Code?
- Students will be asked to put on dress code appropriate clothing so that they do not miss any class.
- Families will be contacted by the school and will be expected to bring appropriate clothing to school for the student.
- If the school has shirts to loan the student, families will be notified and students will sign a shirt out for the day and return it at the end of the day.
- Once a student is appropriately dressed they will return to class so they do not miss any instruction. Should a conflict occur, families may be asked to come to the school to clarify the school policy.
We expect that all students and families will be able to work with the school to find dress code appropriate clothing for students to wear each day. We want our students to be career and college ready! Many professions require a particular dress code or uniform (lawyers, doctors, etc.) and we think that middle school is a great opportunity to ease students into the types of expectations in professional learning environments!
Acceptable Under FLHMS Dress Code for All Students
- Navy blue or gold short- or long-sleeved polo-style shirts.
- Navy blue or gold sweaters or sweater vests.
- Navy blue or gold collared shirts.
- Navy blue or gold T-shirts
- Any appropriately fitted bottoms (jeans, pants or shorts) are acceptable in 2019-20 school year.
- Preferred for safety: sneakers, shoes, and boots.
- On P.E. days, sneakers are required.
Unacceptable Under FLHMS Dress Code for All Students
- Exposed midriffs or backs.
- Low-cut necklines.
- Exposed undergarments.
- Shirts / hoodies / sweatshirts / sweaters of any kind in a color other than navy blue or gold.
- Any article of clothing that has inappropriate messages or images.
- Exposed undergarments.
- On P.E. days / outdoor recess, any footwear besides sneakers.
- Shoes that are not appropriate to be worn outside (e.g., bedroom slippers).
- Hoods, hats, scarves, bandanas, or any other headgear, except that worn for documented religious purposes, is not allowed.
- All headphones are only permitted as instructed by the teacher. Bluetooth headphones are not permitted. At all other times they should be out of site in a backpack.
School Spirit Days
The only exceptions to FLHMS dress code are school spirit days.
- School spirit days will be scheduled throughout the school year and will specifically detail what students may wear to school.
- Students are expected to follow the school spirit day guidelines for school dances.