What are the student's dress guidelines?

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The Guilford County Board of Education respects the student's right to choose his or her style of dress or appearance. At Southwest Elementary School, we realize that each student is an individual who makes choices about his or her appearance. Southwest Elementary School's mission statement says that our goal is to provide a safe, child-centered learning environment, which encourages the development of positive self-esteem for every student. In keeping with our mission statement, we ask that students come to school dressed in an appropriate manner. The classroom teacher will contact the parent if there is a concern regarding appropriate dress.

Below are some guidelines to consider when making choices for your child's wardrobe:

Clothing that advertises items illegal for minors to purchase or possess will not be permitted.


  • Obscene language or gestures will not be permitted on any type of clothing.

    No high heels should be worn. Sandals without back straps and/or flip-flops are discouraged because they can cause playground safety issues. Comfortable shoes that can be secured on the feet arre most appropriate for elementary school children. Athletic shoes should be worn during PE times (students with inappropriate footwear may be given alternate activities during PE or organized recess if safety is an issue).


  • Hats, caps, sun visors and bandannas may not be worn in the building.

    Halter tops, midriff shirts and blouses, strapless and/or backless tops and shirts with spaghetti straps are discouraged. Tank shirts may be worn if they provide adequate coverage.


  • Neatness and cleanliness are expected at all times.

    Pants, shorts and skirts should be worn at the waistline, allowing no underwear to show. Tops and bottoms should meet. Shorts and skirts should be of an appropriate length.


  • Parents and visitors are asked to respect these guidelines while at school.