Student Dress Code Revisions

What a student wears to school is a reflection of the student’s attitude and the importance they place on the school environment.   The guidelines below will help the student and parent determine the appropriate attire to be a successful student at Archbold Middle School.

Students are expected to come to school looking clean and neat, and dressed in a manner that is accepted as being in good taste.  Archbold Area Schools believe all students should be dressed in an appropriate and modest fashion.  This includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. Jeans, pants or shorts with tears/rips/holes above the knees are unacceptable and must be patched.
  2. Shoes are to be worn at all times in the school, flip-flops/ "shower shoes" are NOT to be worn.
  3. "Leggings"/ "athletic tights" may be worn only under a skirt or long shirt/sweater that extends beyond hip-length. Leggings and tights must not be see-through in any way.
  4. Short-shorts and mini-skirts are not acceptable. These must be "finger-tip" length when arms are at the student's side.
  5. Shorts may only be worn in the months: August, September, October April, May.  Shorts are NOT acceptable in the months of November through March.
  6. Tank tops, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, strapless garments, etc. are not acceptable.  Shirts and pullovers must cover the entire shoulder area. Shirts must cover the entire abdominal area.  Shirts may not have plunging necklines that are revealing.  It is not acceptable for any undergarment to be visible.
  7. All pants must fit around the waist and be properly fastened.
  8. Backpacks and Book bags may not be taken to class.
  9. Clothing carrying advertisement of alcohol and/or tobacco products, obscene or suggestive materials are prohibited.   Also, clothing that has words or pictures that put-down, make fun of, or ridicule school, school authorities or other individuals are not appropriate.
  10. Coats or other outside apparel may not be worn in the classroom.
  11. Hats, bandanas, hoods, and sweatbands on the head are not to be worn inside the building during school hours.
  12. Students may not wear inappropriate paraphernalia such as chains, handcuffs, etc. from their belts, around their necks, arms or legs that would distract from the educational process.
  13. Piercings – The only visible piercings allowed during school hours will be ear piercings.  Those not allowed include but are not limited to nose, eyebrow and lip.


Students may be given school issued clothing to wear.  Students may be required to stay for in-school suspension if he/she have no appropriate clothing at school or cannot have someone from home bring appropriate clothing.

School administrators will make the final decision on any questionable dress code issue.