East Hamilton Middle High School announces new changes to dress code

Avery Dean is a rising senior at the school and is concerned about this new dress code. In response, she started a petition which initially received 500 signatures in just a few days - now, it has over 1,000 signatures. (Image: WTVC)

July means back-to-school time isn't far away. Leaders at East Hamilton Middle High School have announced their new dress code, leaving some students and parents frustrated, and causing a lot of clothing confusion.

Avery Dean is a rising senior at the school and is concerned about this new dress code. She says her sister is in middle school and will have to follow the new guidelines. In response to the new dress code, Dean started a petition which initially received 500 signatures in just a few days - now, it has over 1,000 signatures.

Her goal is for all students, parents, and the school to come to an agreement where everyone is happy. "Coming from this petition it will allow us to come to some sort of compromise, at least," says Dean.

We also spoke with Nick Vinson, a parent frustrated with this new dress code.

Vinson has a rising 7th grader that will be registering for school for the first time in this district, and says that the dress code was one of the big reasons his family chose to move to the area coming from Georgia. “Yeah, we really chose this school district specifically for its laxer dress code. It seemed like a better fit overall for us," said Vinson.

Later Wednesday evening, we received a statement from East Hamilton Middle High School principal Brent Eller. In it, he apologizes to parents for the confusion, and explains the changes in detail:

"As for the MS dress code, I understand that time is short between now and the beginning of school and changes this close to the beginning of school can be difficult. I apologize for the confusion and inconveniences that the timing of the newest dress code created. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were not able to communicate and post the newest version of the dress codes in a more timely manner. With this in mind, the dress code for the middle school will follow the?high school dress code guidelines?until the second semester to provide more time for adjustment."

We did some digging, and most middle schools on the Hamilton County schools website have similar dress codes to the new East Hamilton one. That does NOT include CCA, CSAS, Sale Creek, and Normal Park.

Below are the new East Hamilton 2018-2019 dress codes, separated by Middle School and High School - you can also see them on the school website here:

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"Student dress should exemplify an atmosphere of learning. Students may not wear any type of dress or look that is distracting or disrespectful to the learning environment. In terms of decisions regarding school dress, the professional judgment of teachers and administrators will prevail. If a student is not sure if an article of clothing is dress code appropriate, he/she should bring it to school and ask a teacher or administrator for approval before wearing the item in question.

Administration makes the final decision on dress code questions/issues.

Consequences for violating the dress code:

  • Student will be sent to ISS.
  • Parent will be notified and clothes should be sent, if possible.
  • If clothes cannot be sent, the student will remain in ISS.

*East Hamilton MS Dress Down Days

East Hamilton MS students may qualify for a dress down incentive every Friday of every week during the school year. If a student comes to school/class on time, is in dress code, has completed all assignments and has had no disciplinary infractions Monday through Thursday, they may qualify for a dress down day on Friday. The below list are dress down day guidelines regarding what students who qualify can/cannot wear:

  • Denim may be worn
  • T-shirts may be worn
  • Shirts do not have to be tucked in but should be long enough to be tucked in.

*All other items listed that are unacceptable during a normal dress code day will be applied


2018-19 Dress Code – EHHS (EHMS 1st semester)

Shirts

  • Shirts, if not “EH spirit wear” must be school appropriate with no obscenities or advertisements of tobacco and/or alcohol
  • Only top two buttons may be unbuttoned on collared shirts
  • No low cut tops
  • No tank tops, backless bra straps showing or bare midriffs
  • No sheer or see-through material
  • No cap sleeves / cold shoulders

Pants/shorts

  • Pants/shorts must be solid color and may not have writing, graphics, rips, or holes
  • Shorts must come 3 inches above the knees
  • No sagging
  • No underwear may show
  • No spandex pants/shorts
  • No yoga pants / jeggings / leggings
  • No cargos
  • No overalls
  • No athletic shorts

Skirts/Dresses

  • None allowed unless approved by administration for religious practice/beliefs

Coats (Outerwear)

  • Coats / Full zip jackets may not be worn in the building; must remain in lockers
  • No hoodies

Sweats

  • Sweatshirts may be “EH spirit” clothing or school appropriate (free of obscenities, alcohol, tobacco, etc.) but must NOT have a hood / pockets
  • May be worn daily, year round with an approved shirt underneath
  • No sweatpants of any style

Shoes

  • All shoes must be school appropriate and may not interfere with safety (stairwells, evacuations).
  • Shoes must cover the entire foot. For this reason, flip-flops, heels and house slippers, sandals, Clogs or Crocs may NOT be worn.
  • No boots

Accessories

  • No hats, caps, bandanas, full head wraps
  • No book bags / back packs / purses are allowed in classes
  • No sunglasses, gloves or blankets
  • Jewelry must be school appropriate (Administration has final decision)

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2018-19 Dress Code – EHMS (2nd semester)

Shirts

  • Collared golf, polo or oxford style shirts must be solid or striped
  • Shirts must be school appropriate with no obscenities or advertisements of tobacco and/or alcohol
  • Only top two buttons may be unbuttoned
  • Must be long enough to be tucked in *tucked in shirts are recommended
  • No T-shirts (except on Friday dress down days or other designated days)

Pants/shorts

  • No jeans (except on dress down Fridays or other designated days)
  • Belt required (except on dress down Fridays or other designated days)
  • Pants/shorts must be solid color and may not have writing, graphics, rips, or holes
  • Shorts must come 3 inches above the knees
  • No sagging
  • No underwear may show
  • No spandex pants/shorts
  • No yoga pants / jeggings / leggings
  • No cargos
  • No overalls
  • No athletic shorts

Skirts/Dresses

  • None allowed unless approved by administration for religious practice/beliefs

Coats (Outerwear)

  • Coats / Full zip jackets may not be worn in the building; must remain in lockers
  • No hoodies

Sweats

  • Sweatshirts may be “EH spirit” clothing or school appropriate (free of obscenities, alcohol, tobacco, etc.) but must NOT have a hood / pockets
  • May be worn daily, year round with an approved shirt underneath
  • No sweatpants of any style

Shoes

  • All shoes must be school appropriate and may not interfere with safety (stairwells, evacuations).
  • Shoes must cover the entire foot. For this reason, flip-flops, heels and house slippers, sandals, Clogs or Crocs may NOT be worn.
  • No boots

Accessories

  • No hats, caps, bandanas, full head wraps
  • No book bags / back packs / purses allowed in classes
  • No sunglasses, gloves or blankets
  • Jewelry must be school appropriate (Administration has final decision)"
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