Standard Mode of Dress (SMOD)
The standard mode of dress (SMOD) has been implemented in several of the district’s schools to help alleviate peer pressure associated with fashion while preventing some behavioral problems. The SMOD varies for each school, but it typically consists of a collared or polo-type shirt paired with khaki, black or navy pants, shorts or skirts. The pants must be fitting in the waist, and skirts and shorts must be at least knee-length. The SMOD also calls for closed-toe shoes.
The use of the SMOD policy should not be as a stand-alone method for improvement in school climate, discipline or achievement. GCS staff and national research suggest that this policy should be chosen for the right reasons, not for superficial ones, and should be used in combination with other improvement efforts. The Guilford County Board of Education is currently allowing this program to remain a site-based decision so long as there is strong community support for it.
Schools with SMOD:
To view the SMOD research brief, click here.
To view the Board policy regarding SMOD, click here.