Updated Dress Code Policy For Morgan Is Revealed

No hats, bandanas, or sunglasses, to name a few no-no's.


The dress code for Morgan School students has been discussed and revised by the Board of Education and school leaders over the past few months and has been finalized with a few changes.

The biggest change is that hats and sunglasses are no longer allowed.  Head coverings of any kind (except for those required by religious practices) are not allowed in school. You can wear a wool cap to walk to school on a cold day, but it needs to be removed once you are inside.

The past code restricted sexually-provocative clothing (short shorts, see-through blouses, etc.), any clothing with messages of drugs, gangs, etc., and any article of clothing that could be used as a weapon, and that's about all. The new dress code supplements this list.

The 2007 and older dress code allowed for hats to be worn by students, but at the classroom teachers' discretion. That is no longer allowed.

Here is the final code which was mailed to parents/guardians as per The Morgan School administration and the Board of Education:

In order to maintain an environment conducive to the educational process, The Morgan School prohibits the following from wear during the academic school day:

  1. Shirts and/or blouses which reveal the abdomen, chest, or undergarments.
  2. Shorts, miniskirts, or pants which reveal the upper thigh or undergarments.  Spandex garments are allowed only if they are covered by shorts or skirts.
  3. See-through clothing, tube tops or ‘spaghetti strap’ tops or clothing designed as sleepwear.
  4. Attire or accessories which depict logo or emblems that encourage sexually implicit messages, the use of drugs, tobacco products, or alcoholic beverages.
  5. Attire or accessories which contain overtly offensive or disruptive writing or pictures likely to unduly disrupt the educational environment, or which constitute “fighting words.”
  6. Head coverings of any kind, including but not limited to scarves, bandannas, masks, headbands*, visors, kerchiefs, athletic sweatbands, hats, caps, or hoods.  Any head covering worn to school, needs to be put away upon arrival to the building. Approved coverings worn as part of a student's religious practice or belief shall not be prohibited under this policy.
  7. Footwear which mars floors or is a safety hazard.
  8. Sunglasses, whether worn or carried.
  9. Spiked or studded accessories, oversized or multi-finger rings, oversized metal belt buckles, or any clothing item that may present a safety hazard to the student, other students, or staff.
  10. The administration has the right to deem other items inappropriate if they are considered a safety hazard or distraction to the educational practice.

Backpacks and/or book bags are permitted to be carried between classes, but shall not obstruct safe passage in the classroom or in the corridors.

Students who fail to comply with The Morgan School policy and regulations concerning student dress will be subject to school discipline up to and including expulsion in accordance with the Board of Education’s policy on student discipline.

* A member of the Board of Education clarified this to mean tennis or athletic-type headbands are not allowed, but hairbands that teenage girls often wear to hold their hair back are allowed.

Laura Bencivengo August 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM
While I have no problem with a dress code in general, I am curious about why headbands would not be allowed. For a girl with long hair, they not only work as fashion but function to keep hair out of the face. Fortunately, my daughter who wore them often, has graduated.
IHeartClinton August 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Hair bands are not the same thing as headbands. A headband goes across the forehead while a hair band is used to hold hair back.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 01:32 PM
See my addendum on the article - A member of the Board of Education clarified this to mean tennis or athletic-type headbands are not allowed, but hairbands that teenage girls often wear to hold their hair back are allowed.
Randy Watson August 22, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Good Morning Patcheads! I must say, I am quite pleased with the revised dress code at our beloved Morgan School; it has been a long time coming. In the past, driving by Morgan as the students filed in or out, I’ve witnessed outfits that would make an exotic dancer blush. So I say ‘thank you’ to the administration for enacting sensible guidelines for our young adults as they concentrate on their academic pursuits. This culture of ours has convinced our young people that ‘sexy’ and ‘sloppy’ are ok. I applaud the powers-that-be for taking a stand. I only hope that they enforce the code, otherwise it will all be for naught. Until next time Patcheads. Peace – Randy.
Elaine Lampe August 22, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I applaud the Board of Ed for the work they have done on the dress code for Morgan. I truly believe the way a student is dressed influences their behavior. I would like to see the dress code implemented not just at Morgan, but in all Clinton's public schools. eg. If we let students wear hats in Joel, Pierson and Eliot and then tell them at Morgan it's not allowed, it doesn't make sense. Let's implement an appropriate dress code dress right from kindergarten.
Art Kuever August 22, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I would not be opposed to a relaxed uniform i.e. blue polo type shirt and khaki pants/shorts/skorts or something similar. Our niece went from public to private for high school and actually loved the uniform because it took all the guess work out of it and it was a time saver. She was still able to be an individual away from school. I think many would find this a cheaper solution as well.
Ryan August 22, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Cutting back what these students are allowed to wear is going to make a big difference in how they act and the adults they become. If history has shown us anything it is that restricting rights, based on the people who make the rules feelings and their insecurities will make people fall right into line. Right?
Laura Bencivengo August 22, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Ahhhh, that makes more sense. Some of the girls I know had been wondering. Thanks.
Concerned Citizen August 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Yeah! Finally, the boys will actually have to pull their pants up so we are no longer subjected to see their bum and their prefered brand of underwear! Buh-Bye Jockey, Hanes, BVD and FOTL - back to the shadows of the pants you belong in!!
cheryl white August 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
kudos to the new dress code I hope it is enforced, now lets get the rampent profanity out too!If you want new families to move into town we must improve our school system, that is how our town is judged!!
Kendra September 23, 2012 at 06:42 PM
To be honest I don't think forcing kids to dress a certain way when they go to school is going to make them want to be there. If anything this new revised dress code is just going to anger students. I still see kids wearing hats, short- shorts, and very revealing shirts. Rules always get broken.


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