Dress Code

Briarcliff Dress and Grooming 

The Board of Education recognizes that each student’s mode of dress and grooming is a manifestation of the student’s personal choices and style.  However, students may not wear clothing or engage in grooming practices that endangers their health or safety, or the health or safety of other students; creates disorder or disrupts the educational environment; causes excessive wear or damage to school property; is distracting to self or others, or prevents the student from achieving his/her own educational objectives.    

Briarcliff prohibits students from wearing any type of clothing, apparel, or accessory that indicates the student has membership in, or affiliation with, any gang associated with criminal activities while on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event.  Apparel with biased, offensive or profane message, alcohol, drug, tobacco, or sexual references will not be allowed.  Also, wearing or possessing items depicting or implying racial hatred, stereotyping, or prejudice will not be tolerated.  

The following types of clothing may not be worn at Briarcliff Middle School: 

  • Hats, headgear or backpacks inside the building;
  • Clothing that displays profanity, violence, discriminatory messages or sexually suggestive phrases or innuendo or clothing that promotes drugs or alcohol use;
  • Low riding shorts, pants or skirts;
  • All shorts/pants/skirts are to be worn at the student’s natural waist;
  • Shorts are to be an appropriate length, which are deemed appropriate by the Administration.
  • Shirts less than two inches wide on the shoulder;
  • Tank tops, spandex, bicycle pants or sleep wear;
  • Flip flop shoes (thin rollable sole, rubber thonged, beach shoe);
  • Visible undergarments;
  • Gym clothing in academic classes; or
  • Clothing that contains writing on the seat;
  • Clothing that displays an open back or stomach;
  • Clothing that exposes any undergarments. 

The dress code is meant to be a guide for appropriate dress at school and may not include specifics regarding changes in trends.  Please be aware that the dress code may be modified from time to time during the school year to more clearly define appropriate dress for school.  Any student who comes to school dressed inappropriately will be asked to change his/her clothing.  If a student does not have something appropriate to wear, his/her parents will be contacted to bring appropriate clothing to school.   Special consideration should be made for field trips and other school-related activities.  Specifically, some departments, such as physical education, science, art, and technology require specific guidelines for safety purposes.  Students are expected to follow teacher directives regarding appropriate clothing/shoe attire for safety.  Proper attire is always expected at school-sanctioned events.  Remember, you represent yourself, your school, your family and your community.

Revised July 2019

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