Dress Code

Bristol Tennessee City Schools has dress standards in place to promote the culture of the school system as one of self-respect as well as the respect for others.  Students shall dress and groom in a clean, neat, and modest manner so as not to distract or interfere with the operation of the school and to prepare for their future college and career expectations. Shirts and shoes are required at all school events.

School administrators have the obligation to determine when a student is attired in a manner which is likely to cause disruption or interference with the operation of the school and will take appropriate administrative action, which may include suspension.  The administrator has full discretion to determine what is inappropriate.  Teachers are to enforce the dress standards per the parameters below.

Clothes must not violate the following guidelines, even if the clothes are part of the prevailing fashion. 

Shirts/ Blouses:

  • No skin showing armpit to armpit and down to the end of your fingertips.
  • Any willful display of inappropriate parts of the body or undergarments.

Sweaters/ Sweatshirts:

  • Sweaters, sweatshirts, and hoodies are permitted if they meet the shirt/ blouse dress code or are worn over a shirt or blouse that does meet the dress code.  The hood may not be worn on the head.   

Shorts/ Pants:

  • Must be worn at the waist and be size appropriate.  No sagging is allowed.
  • Must have “NO HOLES where skin above the shorts requirement and/or underwear is exposed.”
  • Shorts must not be any shorter than the length of your fingertips when arms are extended by your side. All shorts, including athletic shorts, must meet these criteria.

Skirts/ Dresses:

  • Skirts, dresses, and jumpers must not be shorter than the length of your fingertips when arms are extended by your sides.  Dresses or skirts meeting this requirement will not be allowed if they have slits. The top of the dress must meet the shirt/ blouse requirements of the dress code.

Dress Code Updates

Clothing must cover areas from one armpit to the other armpit and down to the fingertips when arms are by the side. Tops MUST have shoulder straps and be long enough to cover the waistline and NOT expose the midriff.


Headwear/ Hats:

  • No head coverings are permitted.  This includes, but is not limited to, hats, hoodies, scarves, sweatbands, stockings, do-rags, bandanas, toboggans, etc.  These items must be removed upon entering the building.

    Other General Rules:
  • Industrial chains, wallet chains, accessories with spikes, pet chains, collars around the neck or wrists are prohibited. 
  • Costumes and costume accessories are prohibited.
  • Clothing that displays the names of/ or advertisements of drug, alcohol, tobacco and/ or e-cigarette products, profane, vulgar, violent, illegal, immoral, hate messages, or sexual innuendoes are prohibited. 
  • Flags may not be worn as attire.
  • Accessories must be free of offensive or suggestive words or graphics, contain no references to drugs, alcohol, tobacco and/ or e-cigarette products, illegal/immoral substances, or activities.  Mushroom accessories are not allowed.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Students are not allowed to wear, carry, and/ or display bandanas, or items associated with gangs.  Student attire cannot be modified (for example – rolling up pant leg) to display gang affiliation.
  • No sunglasses may be worn or be visible at any time during the day.
  • Athletic/ spirit group uniforms worn to school must meet all dress code requirements.
  • Blankets are prohibited.
  • Gloves are not allowed to be worn during class except where instructed by teacher (i.e. shop class).



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