As the city schools begin this week and the county schools next week, Friday and Saturday make up the annual tax-free weekend regarding clothing, footwear and school supplies.
Each item may not cost over $100; otherwise, the full sales tax must be paid. The items collectively can cost over that amount, just not any individual item.
Both the city and county schools are still requiring uniforms for the school year.
For Columbia city schools, the students are required to wear either polo-styled or button-up shirts in solid colors of white, navy or black. There can be no visible emblem. Sweatshirts may be worn as long as the shirt collar is visible. Colors for sweatshirts include solid white, navy, black or gray. However, no pockets or emblems can be visible.
Students may wear school-approved Wildcat hoodies in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade. Ninth through 12th grade are prohibited from wearing hoodies.
Coats are to be either white, navy, black or gray or approved Wildcat wear.
Pants, shorts and skirts are to be khaki (tan), navy or black.
Spirit shirts are allowed to be worn every day, according to the Columbia School District handbook.
For the county schools, the uniforms are as follows:
Shirts may be polo-styled or buttoned-up. For East Marion, the shirts are to be solid colors of white, red or navy. For West Marion, it is red, white or black. School spirit days are every Friday.
Sweatshirts, jackets and hoodies are to be solid colors and can be white, red, navy, black, gray or khaki (tan). School shirts should be visible at the neck. School-approved athletic apparel such as letterman jackets and school organizational wear are allowed.
Pants, shorts and skirts are to be khaki or navy color.
The tax-free weekend concludes Saturday night at midnight.