Staff Dress Code

Guidelines for Professional Staff Dress

All employees must present themselves to our students and parents, and the general public in a professional manner. It is our intent to ensure all employees model appropriate attire for students, enabling them to be college and career ready.

All employees are expected to dress in a professional manner. Clothing should be neat, clean, in good condition, and appropriate for on the job appearances at all times. CCPS ID badges should be worn when school is in session. The following are guidelines for acceptable clothing options:


  • Dress pants
  • Collared shirts with or without a tie (button up front), Polo shirts
  • T-Shirts (Spirit Days only)
  • Socks
  • No jeans or shorts
  • Shirts without writing or messages. School logo shirts are permitted.
  • Clothing without holes
  • Shoes must be professional in style (No flip flops or tennis shoes)


  • Dress pants (Calf length or longer)
  • Skirts or dresses no more than 3 inches above the knee with your arms raised
  • Skirts or dresses with slits no higher than 3 inches above the knee
  • Tops with 2 inch strap or more (no spaghetti straps, tank tops, tube tops), unless covered by a jacket or a top
  • No cleavage or midriff exposed
  • No jeans, leggings, or shorts
  • Shoes must be professional in style (No flip flops or tennis shoes)
  • Shirts without writing or messages. School logo shirts are permitted.

** An employee shall not have any piercing or jewelry affixed to his or her nose, mouth, tongue, lip, chin, cheek, or eyebrow, unless it is for a legitimate religious purpose with prior approval from the building principal or the employee’s immediate supervisor.

**Appropriate attire also is expected for cafeteria, maintenance, technology, nurse, and transportation personnel, but the attire for these individuals may vary from the staff dress code as determined by the immediate supervisor.

The principal may designate three to four (3-4) School Spirit Days during the school year. School shirts and jeans may be worn on School Spirit Days. Administrative discretion will be allowed for permitting staff to wear jeans for the purpose of fundraising, spirit days, and staff morale.

Field trip attire must be professional and appropriate to represent Caroline County Public Schools.

Only physical education teachers are permitted to wear jogging/wind suits. Shorts are permitted for classes that are held outside only and must be covered with pants when in the building. Physical education teachers shall follow the above dress code on parent-teacher conference days, PTA meetings, and when not instructing gym class (e.g., when instructing health class or administering SOL testing).

Any violation of this policy will be addressed appropriately by the administrator or supervisor. Failure to follow the administrator’s or supervisor’s directive and/or blatant or repeated violations of this policy will subject the employee to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Approved: July 8, 2013
Amended: October 14, 2013