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Cape Girardeau school officials hold clothing drive for new dress code

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School officials are helping Cape Girardeau public school students get ready for the new dress code.

All this week, you can take new or gently used clothing that is dress code approved to the district's central administrative office on Clark Street.

They'll be accepting tops, bottoms, shoes and belts.

From there, those clothes will be sorted and organized. Then on July 31 or August 1 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., families who need help getting dress code ready can go to the Central Junior High field house on Caruthers and select clothing, free of charge.

School officials passed a new dress code this Spring.

The district's complete policy:

General Information:

  • Clothing shall be clean, in good repair, and shall have no holes, cuts or tears.
  • All clothing should be within one size of proper fit.


  • Shirts shall be collared and in a any solid color, designed to button at the neck, in short or long sleeve with no more than the top button remaining unfastened. Turtleneck shirts in a any solid color are permitted. School oriented and approved T-shirts, non-hooded sweatshirts, and hoodies are also permitted.
  • District approved CGPS logos or graphics are allowed. Brand name clothing logos are permitted if the logo is an inch and a half or smaller.
  • Shirts must be proper length and fit, tucked into pants if excessive in length or non-tailored. Excessive in length is defined as being longer than the wrist when the student's hands are down at his/her sides. Shirt tops and pant bottoms must overlap at all times, including when arms are raised.
  • White tops must have either a white undershirt or white or flesh colored undergarments.
  • Solid colored T-shirt or turtleneck may be worn under collared shirts.
  • Solid colored vests, sweaters, v-neck sweaters, sweatshirts, and pullovers are permitted and must have an approved shirt underneath.
  • Excessively large, baggy or skin-tight tops are prohibited.
  • Solid colored dresses are permitted and must have sleeves and a collar or high crew neck.


  • Solid colored pants, shorts, capris, skirts, skorts, and jumpers are permitted. Colors will be limited to khaki (tan spectrum), black, and navy. Blue jeans are also permitted.
  • Low-rise, hip-hugger, tight-fitting, sagging, stretchy, shiny, leather, or leather-like material, sweat pants, wind pants, cargo, carpenter, baggy, and over-length styles are not permitted.
  • All bottoms must fit to waist and be hemmed.
  • Shorts, skirts, dresses, jumpers and skorts must be no shorter than two inches above the top of the knee.


  • Belts are required and worn at the waist at the middle school and secondary levels.
  • Shoestrings and shoe straps must be attached and worn properly.
  • No flip-flops, slides, house shoes, high heels, skates or platform shoes.
  • Hats, caps, sock hats, curlers, sweatbands, stockings, bandanas, head scarves, visors, sunglasses or other similar head coverings shall not be worn to class or within the school building. Hoods on clothing may not be worn over the head in the building.
  • No spiked accessories or chains (including those attached to wallets or belt loops) are permitted.
  • Solid colored tights, leggings, or jeggings may only be worn under skirts, dresses, skorts or jumpers.

Spirit Wear:

  • Building administration may designate days as Spirit Days and allow some specific exceptions to the above-stated requirements on those days. However, guidelines regarding neatness, safety, modesty and modes of apparel will be adhered to on these days.
  • Athletes, cheerleaders, co-curricular teams and extra-curricular groups may wear approved team-issued clothing on game or event day.

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