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Madison Metropolitan School District

Dress Code

At Spring Harbor Middle School, we believe there is a close relationship between student attire and student attitudes toward school. Our Board of Education also recognizes the importance of dressing for success. For that reason, the Madison Metropolitan School District prohibits students from “dressing or grooming in a manner which disrupts teaching or learning.” The Spring Harbor dress code is designed to specify what that means for our students. Part of our job as educators is to teach students how to be strong contributors to a 21st Century world. Therefore, we firmly believe teaching students about appropriate dress in a school or workplace is imperative. We recognize that adolecent fashion does not always lend itself to our expectations. Please know that we are incredibly appreciative of the assistance parents provide in ensuring the professional appearance of our students.

A student who chooses to wear clothing that violates the dress code will be asked to rectify the situation. In some cases we will provide a change of clothing, students may also have the option of changing into his or her physical education clothing. Please note that in some cases, a parent may be asked to bring replacement clothing to school. A student who refuses to follow administrative directives or repeatedly refuses to conform to the dress code may be subject to disciplinary action.

The Spring Harbor dress code prohibits the following:


  • Visible undergarments
  • Clothing that is skimpy or revealing
  • Clothing and accessories that depict gang behavior or glorify gang activity
  • Clothing promoting alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs
  • Clothing with obscene, sexual, violent, racist, tasteless slogans, or graphic depictions
  • Hats and hoods (Headgear worn for religious reasons is allowed)


  • Shirts or tops with straps narrower than two fingers width
  • T-shirts that carry profane, obscene, or offensive slogans or pictures
  • Spaghetti straps, see-through mesh shirts, backless tops, halter tops, tube tops, tops that expose the stomach, and sleeveless shirts that expose the sides
  • Exposing too much chest or cleavage


  • Shorts or skirts that do not meet length requirements (Generally, shorts and skirts should not be shorter than the length of a student’s extended fingers while in a standing position. Leggings may be worn underneath both shorts or skirts to meet the length requirement)
  • Sagging pants