All staff of the Jones County Public Schools serve as role models for the students with whom they work. The Board of Education expects all employees to dress professionally and appropriately relative to their specific job duties and responsibilities. The wearing of uniforms is required as a condition for employment in particular positions, i.e. food service, maintenance and custodial staff. Employees, not required to wear uniforms, may choose to wear uniforms, using the criteria established by the Board of Education. The overriding principle is that all employees, while on duty, are representatives of the Jones County Public Schools.
Faculty and staff members are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment. Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive, obscene, or which endangers the health or safety of the students or others is prohibited.
Reasonable accommodations shall be made by the appropriate supervisor for those employees, who, because of a sincerely held religious belief, cultural heritage, or medical reason request a waiver of a particular part of this policy for dress or appearance.
Supervisors and school level administrators are authorized to interpret and enforce this policy. Any employee in violation of this policy will be asked by his or her supervisor to go home and change clothes and refrain from wearing such clothing in the future. Repeated problems with an employee's inappropriate dress or appearance may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
Note: The principal of the school or appropriate supervisor may designate special days during which reasonable modifications to this policy may be made and shall require all staff members to wear uniforms for specific occasions.
Employee Dress/Appearance Policy
• Sweat pants/wind suits/shorts are prohibited unless the employee is teaching a physical education class.
• Physical Education teachers must wear appropriate dress when not teaching physical education classes.
• Capri length pants are acceptable.
• Form fitting spandex material, nylon, and denim are prohibited.
• Tank-top style garments are prohibited, unless covered by a jacket or sweater. Sleeveless garments for female employees are acceptable.
• T-shirts are prohibited.
• Vocational teachers must wear approved clothing or aprons when teaching shop classes.
• Employees may wear uniforms.
• More casual dress will be acceptable on teacher workdays. However, attire must still be appropriate dress, particularly on parent conference day.