BCMS Dress Code

  • Bay Creek Middle School recognizes that each student’s mode of dress is a reflection of personal style and individual preference. Likewise, the choices that students make individually create an overall impression of our student body and our school. A well-dressed student body is one in which each student pays attention to personal cleanliness, neatness, and reasonable standards of dress and appearance. Bay Creek Middle School will not interfere with the rights of students to make decisions regarding their appearance, except when their appearance affects the educational program, distracts from the learning process of other students, or endangers the safety or health of any person. Bay Creek Middle School’s administration and staff would like the cooperation of the students and parents in reviewing the student’s dress to insure it meets the following dress code guidelines before the student comes to school. Parents will be contacted to bring a change of clothing for students violating the dress code. Students will be placed in ISS until proper attire is obtained. Upon the third violation and any subsequent violations, an administrative referral will be given.

  • 1. Head Gear

    Headgear – Headgear is prohibited and must be kept out of sight in the building. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: caps, sock caps, hats, hoods, wave caps, sunglasses, or any other head covering. No combs, rakes, curlers or picks may be worn in the hair. Exceptions for religious or medical reasons may be granted by the principal. 


  • 2. Shirts and Blouses

    Shirts/Blouses/Tops/T-shirts – Blouses/shirts should be constructed so the tops of the shoulders are covered (no halter tops, sheer/see through, strapless tops, spaghetti straps, or bare shoulder tops of any type will be allowed). Blouses/shirts that expose any portion of the waist, hips or midriff are not allowed. (If you raise your arms to shoulder level and the stomach shows, the top is unacceptable). Other blouses/shirts that are not appropriate for school include, but are not limited to, low-cut, see through, backless, lingerie-like, tank tops, sheer or tube tops. Rips or holes are not allowed in shirts/tops.

  • 3. Shorts/Skirts/Pants 

    All shorts and skirts must be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee with or without leggings. Sheer/see through items are not permitted with or without leggings. Waistlines of shorts/skirts/pants must be on or above the hips with no underwear showing. Students are not allowed to wear any pants that resemble pajamas. Cheerleading type shorts are not appropriate school wear. There can be no rips or holes above the knees that show skin or undergarments. 

  • 4. Clothing Must Fit

    Pants and shorts must be worn at the waist and not be so large that they hang below the student’s waist causing the crotch to sag with or without shorts underneath.

  • 5. Trench Coats/Long Coats

    Students may not wear trench coats or other long coats that resemble the style of a trench coat to school. Students may not wear blankets, capes or cloaks to school. All coats must be properly worn. 

  • 6. Shoes

    Health regulations and safety factors require that shoes be worn at all times at school. Bedroom shoes and “Heelys” type shoes are not allowed. Flip flops are discouraged because they pose a health risk at school. If an extra pair of shoes is brought to school, the shoes must be kept out of sight and in a bag at all times.  

  • 7. Undergarments

    Undergarments should not be visible. 

  • 8. Pajamas/Sleepwear

    No pajamas or sleepwear of any kind are allowed to be worn to school. 

  • 9. Leggings/Tights/Yoga Pants

    Leggings/jeggings, tights, and yoga-like pants are discouraged from being worn and are not permitted without a fingertip length shirt or skirt.  

  • 10. Display of Words or Symbols

    No student clothing shall display words, symbols, or artwork that advocates or depicts violence or clothing that is inflammatory or suggestive of drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, weapons, sex, illegal gang affiliation, hate groups, or other illegal activity, expressed or implied. No student clothing or accessories shall be disruptive or have caused past disruption to the school environment. 

  • 11. Jewerly and Accessories

    Jewelry and accessories that may be used as weapons are not allowed to be worn at school. This includes, but is not limited to oversized belt buckles, wallet chains, and jewelry such as spiked rings, spiked bracelets, two or three finger rings that are joined, and bulky chains worn around the neck or waist. Sharp objects that could pose a danger, such as spikes or safety pins, are not allowed on clothing or book bags.

  • 12. Gang Related Clothing or Symbols

    Students are not allowed to display clothing or symbols that have been identified by the Gwinnett County Police Gang Taskforce as being commonly identified with gangs. Garments, jewelry, body art and tattoos that communicate gang allegiance are not allowed to be worn at school, and no item may be worn in a manner that communicates gang affiliation. Gang related attire includes, but is not limited to, the following: sagging pants, pants with one leg rolled up, long bulky chains and necklaces, gang-styled belt buckles or other clothing (which have Olde English script letters and symbols), large oversized pendants on necklace and chains, bandanas, altering clothing from its original form to change the names and/or intended marking on the clothing, sweatbands and/or headbands, and draping articles of clothing, towels, or other objects out of pants pockets or over the shoulder or neck area. This rule is subject to updates as additional apparel becomes identified as gang affiliated or disruptive. The BCMS website may be consulted for additions or changes to this rule. 

  • 13. Belts

    All belts must be properly fastened around the waist. The belt should not be excessive in length and should not be hanging from either side of the body. Over-sized belt buckles are not appropriate. 

  • 14. Distracting Dress/Appearance/Hair

    Any student’s dress/appearance not specifically stated which the faculty or staff deems distracting will not be permitted. 

  • 15. Exceptions

    Exceptions to the BCMS dress code may be made by the principal or principal’s designee for specific reasons.