Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District students will adhere to a dress code as outlined in the Student Handbook. 

Grades K-12

School Colors:
Black, Gold/Yellow, White, Grey

Appropriate shirt styles:
Short-sleeve or long-sleeve collared shirts, including polo and button down styles and/or turtlenecks

SOCSD t-shirts may be worn any day.

Optional clothing items:
Sweater vests and/or fleece vests in the school colors will be allowed.  Jumpers and dresses will also be allowed in school colors.

Bottoms must be black or khaki colored.

Black and/or khaki denim are allowed.

Sagging pants will not be allowed.

Any sweater, sweatshirt, or pullover to be worn inside all day must follow the color combination selected by the school (black, gold/yellow, white, or grey).  Outerwear may be of the parents’ or students’ choosing.  Outerwear is defined as a jacket/coat that completely opens in front and is not worn inside all day.

Dress Code FAQ’s

Can we wear shorts, skirts, and/or capris?
Yes, shorts can be worn in black or khaki.  Length of shorts should be no more than 3” above the knees in grades K-5.  Skirts should be no more than 3” above the knees.  In grades 6-12, length of shorts should be no more than 3” above the knees.  Skirts should be no more than 3” above the knees.

Appropriate types of bottoms are pants, shorts, capris, and skirts in grades K-12.  Skorts are allowed in grades K-5.  Bottoms must be either black or khaki color. Pants with belt loops will require that a belt be worn. No warm up pants, wind pants, cargo (multiple large pockets) pants or cargo shorts, biking shorts, stretch pants, pajama bottoms, or leggings are allowed as pants.  Leggings and tights must be worn with shirts or skirts/skorts that are no more than 3” above the knees.  Denim pants in black or khaki color are allowed in grades K-12.   

Can we wear long sleeve shirts in cooler weather months?
Yes, collared long sleeve shirts, such as a long sleeve polo or button down, are allowed.  According to the policy, appropriate tops include collared shirts or blouses or turtle necks.  All tops must have sleeves and be a length that overlaps the waistband of the pants, shorts, or skirt. Long sleeve t shirts in the school colors may also be worn under collared shirts, including short sleeve polo style shirts.  

Can we wear shoes of our choosing?  
Yes, you may wear any style footwear designated.  No particular style or color is required.  However, high heels or skate shoes are not permitted in grades K-5.  House shoes, shower shoes, and rubber flip flops are not permitted in grades 6-12.  All shoes must be properly tied or fastened.

Can we wear school sweatshirts?
Yes, school sweatshirts are allowed.  They must be a designated school color, and they must be worn over a collared shirt or turtleneck.

General Exceptions:
General exceptions to part(s) of the policy will be taken in to consideration and should be cleared with the principal of the student’s school. The exceptions may include but are not limited to:

  • Clothing required by adherence to religious standards (scarves or other head covering)
  • Allergies to dyes
  • Eye condition requiring that a student wear dark lenses

In each school, the teachers and administrators are responsible for enforcing the dress code policy. The principal shall have authority to determine whether a student is meeting the dress code standards. Students will be subject to dispositions indicated in the discipline policy of each school for failure to comply with the dress code.


Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District students in grades 6-12 will be required to show identification (ID) badges at all times on school grounds if requested by school personnel.  Failure to show an ID badge will be treated as a discipline offense.  Students must adhere to the below listed information concerning ID badges.

  1. ID badges are property of the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District and must not be defaced. The badge will be confiscated and the student must purchase a new ID if this occurs.  Picture and information must be clearly visible.
  2. Students must not wear an ID badge belonging to another student. These IDs will be confiscated.
  3. Every student is issued an ID badge and lanyard at the beginning of the school year. If students misplace or lose their ID, a new one must be purchased ($2.00 for each badge, $1.00 for each lanyard).
  4. Students are required to have their ID badge to check out books in the media center.
  5. Students are required to have their ID badge for breakfast/lunch checkout.