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Student Dress Attire


The personal appearance of the student represents that individual to fellow students. The

personal appearance of the student body represents the school to others. Cleanliness, neatness,

and appropriateness are the standards which should be observed by all students in their personal

dress and grooming.

Any apparel that hinders the learning process or is disruptive will not be accepted by the

school. Each year, a few distracting items, including some fads, show up in our elementary

schools. We are not listing any of these nor are we making a regulation to cover all problems

that may arise. A “fad” which becomes a “nuisance” will be eliminated. Anything that

distracts from the spirit or dignity of the Hattiesburg schools will be controlled. The principal

shall have the final decision about the appropriateness of the length, fit, size, and/or style of




1. Shirts/sweaters/undershirts: Solid purple, solid gold, solid navy blue, or solid white collared shirt only. Logos should be no larger than a quarter. Shirts must be tucked in. Approved Hattiesburg Schools team jerseys, warm-ups, spirit t-shirts or sweatshirts may be worn on specific days as designated by the principal. 

2. Sweatshirts/sweaters/vests: Solid purple, solid gold, solid navy blue, or solid white (Logos should be no larger than a quarter). May not be worn/carried around the waist, neck, shoulders, etc.

 3. Pants/shorts/skirts: Solid color khaki (tan), black or solid navy. Slacks or Capri pants only. No zip-off, low riders, skorts, leggings, jeggings, tights, or jeans. All pants must be worn with a belt and properly hemmed. All skirt bottoms must come at least to the knees. Shorts will be knee-length and no shorter than mid-thigh. Visibility of undergarments is not allowed. 

4. Hats/caps/head covers: No head covering on campus (caps, hoods, bandanas, hairnets, wave caps, and/or wrap).

 5. Belts: No chains, badges, patches, spiked accessories, and large belt buckles. If belt loop exists on clothing, a belt should be worn. 

6. Socks/shoes: Students must wear shoes at all times. 

7. Middle School: Handbags/purses must not exceed 8½ inches x 11 inches (standard notebook paper) 

8. Middle School: Students will be allowed to carry clear plastic backpacks ONLY 

9. Students are prohibited from wearing additional “patches,” pins, tattoos, earrings, jewelry, or any other item that may be considered lewd, profane, obscene, vulgar, suggestive, distractive, or which may harass, threaten intimidate, or demean other groups; or which display illegal merchandise or contraband; or any item which may distract from the educational process. Gold or silver grills may not be worn to school. Items of clothing which in any way represent street gangs or gang affiliation are prohibited. 


1. Size appropriate clothing is required. 

2. No bare midriffs.

 3. Undergarments may not be exposed. Undershirts must be tucked in.

 4. Students may not wear jeans/denim clothing. 

5. Hats, headbands, wave caps, bandanas, hairnets, and combs in the hair are not permitted.

 6. Tears, holes, patches, slits in the seams, and ragged hems in clothing or shoes are not permitted. 

7. No tank tops, swimsuits, sweat pants, short shorts, beach attire, low neckline, low back line, spaghetti straps, or shoulder exposing garments are permitted. 

8. Pants with elastic ankle or cuff hem are not allowed. 

9. No gang-related, alcohol, tobacco, or drug-related writing or images on backpacks, shoes, or clothing. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS Each student has the responsibility to dress appropriately for the school environment. Wearing apparel, hair, and general appearance shall not disrupt the classroom atmosphere, shall not be unusually provocative, or shall 44 not violate health and safety rules of the school. The guidelines for dress and grooming are provided to assist parents and shall apply to all students. 

Student dress and grooming shall be neat, clean, and follow the general guidelines below: 

1. Shirts are to be tucked into pants, skirts, shorts, and skorts. 

2. Pierced ears for earrings are acceptable. Other visible body piercing is not allowed. 

3. Head coverings including but not limited to caps, hats, bandannas, “doo” rags, hair curlers, sunglasses, or any “gang” symbols are prohibited. 

4. Oversize clothing is prohibited. The waistband of shorts, slacks, and skirts shall be worn on the waist. If belts, suspenders, or straps are worn, they shall be worn in place and fastened. “Sagging” and/or “low-riding” is prohibited. 

5. Sunglasses or shades may not be worn. 

The principal may designate certain days during the year as “Free Dress” days and students will not have to wear uniforms on those days only. Students who fail to adhere to dress code policy will face disciplinary consequences. If you have questions or concerns, as to the appropriateness of attire, please contact your child’s principal. Principal shall have the final decision about the appropriateness of the style, type, or fashion of student clothing and appearance.

Free Dress Days Attire



Polo/T Shirt that is appropriate and respectable 

Long denim or Uniform style bottoms 

Closed Toe shoes



Jeans/shorts with holes, rips, cuts or ragged edges

Stretch pants, leggings, jeggings or tights

Gym shorts, muscle shirts or work out gear

Tank tops, spaghetti straps or halters

T-shirts with inappropriate images/messages

Sundresses, mini skirts or sheer blouses

Flip flops, sandals, slides or slippers

To view HPSD Student handbook:

Subpages (1): First Tee 9 Core Values