Dress Code

Bridgewater Middle School’s primary purpose is to provide an appropriate education for our students in a clean, safe, and educationally friendly environment. We take pride in the appearance and conduct of our students. All students are expected to dress and groom themselves neatly and in clothes that are appropriate for school.

Parents, please keep our dress code in mind when purchasing school clothes. Many items that are fashionable for middle school students are not appropriate for the school setting. The dress code is consistent with the OCPS code of student conduct. Bridgewater Middle School students should dress appropriately for a learning atmosphere. Our administration has the discretion to determine appropriate school clothing.

Clothes shall be worn as they are designed – suspenders over the shoulders,pants secured at the waist, belts buckled, no underwear as outerwear, no underwear exposed (including straps).  Pajama Pants are not allowed to be worn at school.  

Bare midriffs, sides or backs should not show even when arms are extended above the head. Midriff tops, tank tops, strapless tops, sleeveless shirts, spaghetti straps, muscle shirts or any revealing clothing is not allowed. See through clothing is not allowed unless it is over clothing that is in dress code (ex: shear top or open knit top over a tank top does not make the tank top in dress code.)  No part of undergarments may be visible. All shirts must be zipped or buttoned to an acceptable level. Shirts / blouses must have sleeves, cover the shoulders, and have a modest neckline. 

Clothing with holes or tears above the knee that expose skin will not be allowed.  Fashion clothing with cutouts, slits or holes held together with laces or safety pins is not acceptable. 

Clothing that is too tight or revealing is unacceptable. Leggings, tights, jeggings, biker shorts/exercise shorts are not considered appropriate for school and are not allowed.   

Baggy pants (or shorts) with large pockets pose a potential safety risk andare not acceptable.  Pants may not be worn below the waist or be so long that they drag on the floor.  

Items worn by students which could cause harm to others, such as metal pocket chains on pants, will not be allowed. 

Apparel and/or jewelry which display or suggest inappropriate, obscene, sexual, vulgar, drug, alcohol, tobacco or profane statements or illustrations are not allowed. This includes any reference to drug and alcohol use, acts of violent nature, racial slurs, sexual innuendoes, or gang membership. 

Gang paraphernalia, jewelry, tattoos, or other insignias, which display, suggest, or may tend to provoke violence or a disruption, are not allowed.  Wearing clothes or hair in such a manner as to indicate gang membership will not be tolerated. 

The following items have a potential to cause disruption or threat to a safeand positive school environment and are prohibited: 

  • Chains hanging from the neck, belt, pocket or attached to a wallet 
  • Jewelry that contains any type of sharp object 
  • Hats, caps, visors, sweat bands, sunglasses or bandanas while on campusduring the school day or during after school indoor activities.  Students enrolled in Physical Education will have specific guidelines regarding this policy. 

Hemlines of dresses, skirts, and shorts shall be no shorter than the tip of the student’s middle finger. Running shorts are not acceptable.

Shoes shall be worn. The following are not acceptable: Flip-flops, shoes with cleats, shoes with wheels, or backless shoes. Always wear appropriate footwear for safety. All shoes for students in grades K-8 must have a back strap. This is especially critical since students often use staircases. 

Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in disciplinary action, whichmay include a warning, calling home for appropriate clothing, placement in our organized learning classroom for the day, or more serious action for repeat offenders.