The board believes that responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rests primarily with

    the student and his or her parents or guardians and that appropriate dress and grooming contribute

    to a productive learning environment.

    All students are expected to dress in a neat manner and conform to standards of good taste and

    decency in their dress while attending school sponsored classes and activities. The final decision in

    determining appropriate dress and appearance shall rest with the School Administration. Failure to

    adhere to established dress and appearance codes may result in disciplinary action.


    1. Clothing should be age appropriate, properly fitted, and suitable for the learning


    2. Spirit wear, district/county programs/colleges/universities and community organizations

    clothing items are permissible.

    3. Shirts/tops must have sleeves, cover the chest and back from arm to arm.

    4. Bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts) must be mid-thigh in length and worn at the waist.

    5. When the body is standing straight, clothing must cover the chest, back, torso, stomach, and

    lower extremities from arm to arm to mid-thigh with no exposed undergarments.

    6. Shoes must be worn at all times and must conform to requirements for specific classes.

    7. Hoodies and hooded jackets may not have the hood covering the head while in a school

    building. Continued violation of this requirement may/shall result in not being allowed to

    wear a hoodie at school.


    1. Attire, accessories and/or grooming depicting or advocating violence, criminal activity,

    gang- related activity, use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs, pornography or substance abuse

    are prohibited.

    2. Pajamas, bedroom shoes or slippers shall not be worn, except for school activities approved

    by the principal.

    3. Headgear including hats, hoodies, bandanas, sunglasses, and caps are not allowed unless

    permitted for religious, medical, or other reason by school administration.

    4. Manufacturer’s logos, personal monograms or principal/school

    approved logos, insignias, logos, labels, graphics, words and/or pictures that are appropriate may be

    displayed on shirts.


    1. Religious or Medical Waivers

    Reasonable consideration will be made for students with certain religious beliefs or

    medical reasons. A waiver may be requested for a particular requirement for dress or

    appearance on an annual basis. In considering a waiver request, the principal or designee

    has the right to request additional documentation from medical officials and/or religious



    2. Special Activity Accommodations

    The principal shall make reasonable accommodations for students involved in special

    duties, activities, or projects approved by the school. Such special duties, activities, and

    projects include, but are not be limited to, athletics, P.E. classes, and other activities that

    require non-conforming dress on a school campus during the school day. Students who

    are taking classes that require a special dress code (such as JROTC or career and

    technical education internships) may wear that clothing to other classes.


    Each principal shall ensure that this policy is enforced consistently in their school. Before

    receiving disciplinary consequences, a student who is not in compliance with this policy

    will be given the opportunity within a reasonable period of time to change into acceptable

    clothing by using available clothes at school or by calling a parent to bring acceptable

    clothes. Disciplinary consequences for a student who fails to comply will be consistent

    with Section D of policy 4300, Student Behavior Policies. The superintendent or

    designee shall list in the Code of Student Conduct the specific range of consequences

    that may be imposed on a student for violation of the dress code.

    Legal References: G.S. 115C-47, -390.2

    Cross References: Student Behavior Policies (policy 4300), School Plan for Management of

    Student Behavior (policy 4302), Disruptive Behavior (policy 4315), Gang-Related Activity

    (policy 4328)

    Adopted: August 1, 2016

    Revised: June 5, 2017

    Revised: May 5, 2018

    Revised: May 24, 2018 (technical corrections only)

    Revised: August 3, 2020

    Revised: May 2, 2022

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