• Dress Code

    The board requests that parents outfit their children in clothing that is conducive to learning. The
    board prohibits any appearance or clothing that does the following: (1) violates the guidelines in
    this policy; (2) is substantially disruptive (for information on gang-related attire, see policy 4328,
    Gang-Related Activity); (3) is provocative or obscene; or (4) endangers the health or safety of
    the student or others. Student appearance should reflect practices of good hygiene and
    cleanliness.


    A. STUDENT DRESS CODE


    Students are expected to be dressed in accordance with this policy at all times school is
    in session. The principal or designee shall implement this policy in a manner that is age
    and developmentally appropriate.
    Good judgment in considering issues such as age, developmental stages, and body
    type are expected of all students and parents in the selection of school attire and
    appearance. Each student’s school attire must be neat, clean, properly fitted, age-
    appropriate, and suitable for the learning environment. Schools may not charge students
    for wearing clothing approved below.

    1. Shirts and Tops


    a. Shirts and tops must have a collar and be a solid color.
    b. With the exception of manufacturer’s logos or school-approved logos,
    shirts and tops may not display any insignias, logos, labels, graphics,
    embroidery, words, or pictures.
    c. Shirts and tops must be appropriately sized and long enough to cover
    the midriff when sitting or standing and must also cover the chest and
    back so the chest and the back of the body are not exposed.

     

    2. Bottoms, Jumpers, Dresses, Pants, Capris, Shorts, Skorts, and Skirts


    a. Bottoms and dresses must be a solid color.
    b. Dresses must have a collar and sleeves.
    c. Denim bottoms must be a solid color with no holes or
    cuts.
    d. With the exception of manufacturer’s logos or school-approved logos,
    bottoms and dresses must be free of graphics and embroidery and may
    not display any insignias, logos, labels, words, or pictures. Students may
    also wear solid colored athletic pants or shorts with solid colored
    contrasting stripes or piping running vertically on the outseams.
    e. Dresses, shorts, skorts, skirts, and jumpers must be modest and of
    sufficient length. The length of these articles of clothing may not be
    above the student’s fingertips when the student’s arms are relaxed at his
    or her sides.
    f. Bottoms must be appropriately sized. No baggy or sagging pants or
    shorts are allowed. No “low rise” clothing is allowed. Pants and shorts
    must be worn with the waistband at or above the hipbone.
    g. Footed tights may be worn under pants, capris, shorts, skorts, skirts,
    dresses, or jumpers. No fishnet stockings are allowed.
    h. If belts are worn, they must not be oversized and must be buckled.


    3. Shoes
    a. Shoes must be worn at all times and must conform to requirements for
    specific classes or activities as necessary, such as P.E. classes, ROTC,
    science labs, etc.
    b. If the shoes have laces, the shoes must be laced and tied.
    c. No bedroom slippers are allowed.


    4. Outerwear


    a. Students may wear solid colored sweatshirts, sweaters, pullovers,
    hoodies, and vests, including lightweight fleece pullovers, over school
    attire but with the exception of manufacturer’s logos or school-
    approved logos, may not display any insignias, logos, labels, words,
    graphics, embroidery, or pictures.
    b. Hoodies and hooded jackets may not have the hood covering the head
    while in a school building. Violation of this requirement may result in
    not being allowed to wear a hoodie at school.
    c. Jackets and coats may be of a solid color or print; however, no graphics
    or wording other than a manufactured insignia or logo is permitted.

    5. Spirit Wear and School Club Wear
    In order to promote school and community spirit, principals at their discretion
    will have the authority to approve school spirit wear and school club wear to be
    worn on any school day. This includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece jackets, and hoodies.

     

    6. Other Clothing Items or Accessories

    a. Clothing must be worn as intended.
    b. Undergarments may not be visible at any time. Underneath the collared
    shirts, students may wear t-shirts or camisoles which are solid in color.
    No see-through or mesh clothing that will reveal the body or will reveal
    undergarments are allowed.
    c. Students may not wear large pendants or medallions. No adornment is
    allowed that reasonably could be perceived or used as a weapon (such
    as chains, spikes, etc.).
    d. No gang-related clothing, accessories, symbols, or intimidating
    manner of dress are allowed (see policy 4328, Gang-Related Activity).
    No headwear and no sunglasses may be worn inside school buildings.
    No bandanas are allowed.
    e. Solid color, patterned, or striped ties may be worn. They may not
    have any insignias, logos, labels, words, or pictures.
    f. Only school activity buttons, approved by the principal are permitted to
    be worn on a student’s school clothing.


    B. EXCEPTIONS TO DRESS AND APPEARANCE REQUIREMENTS

    1. Religious or Medical Waivers
    Reasonable consideration will be made for those students who, because of
    sincerely held religious beliefs or medical reasons, request a waiver of a
    particular requirement for dress or appearance. Written waiver requests must
    be submitted 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 leaders.

    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.

    3. Principal Exceptions
    Any exception from these requirements that a Principal wants to implement
    during any school year must be presented to and approved by the Board of
    Education before the start of any school year.

    C. ENFORCEMENT


    Each principal shall ensure that this policy is enforced in a manner that is consistent
    with other Pitt County schools and consistently applied within 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 after
    being offered this opportunity 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.


    Students new to the school system will be given up to one-week grace period from
    enrollment to obtain and wear the proper school attire.


    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

  • Student Dress Code and Appearance Policy

     

    Summary of Policy
    Revision Date: May 24, 2018

    NOTE:  Items in BOLD in the following summary have been added for clarification to points within the Student Dress Code and Appearance Policy:

     

    Shirts and Tops:

    • Must have a collar and be any solid color.  Must also include sleeves.
    • With the exception of brand/manufacturer’s logos/labels, shirts/tops may not contain insignias, logos, labels, graphics, embroidery, words or pictures ("monograms" are not permitted)
    • Must be appropriately sized and long enough to cover the midriff, chest and back of the body when sitting and standing. 

     

    Bottoms (Jumpers, Pants - including Jeans, Yoga Pants & Leggings, Capris, Shorts, Skorts and Skirts) and Dresses:

    • Must be solid khaki, black or navy in color, with the exception of dresses which may be any solid color. 
    • Must be of sufficient length.  May not be above the student’s fingertips when the student’s arms are relaxed at his/her sides.
    • Denim bottoms must be solid khaki, black, blue or navy and contain no holes or cuts.
    • With the exception of brand/manufacturer’s logos/labels, bottoms and dresses may not contain insignias, logos, labels, graphics, embroidery, words or pictures. 
    • Must be appropriately sized.  No baggy or sagging pants or shorts are allowed.  No “low rise” clothing is allowed.  Pants and shorts must be worn with the waistband at or above the hipbone. 
    • Dresses must have a collar and sleeves.
    • Footed tights may be worn under pants, capris, shorts, skorts, skirts, dresses or jumpers.  No fishnet stockings allowed.
    • If belts are worn, they must not be oversized and must be buckled.    

     

    Shoes:

    • Must be worn at all times.  Must conform to requirements for specific classes or activities as necessary such as PE, JROTC, science labs, etc.  No bedroom slippers allowed.  If shoes have laces, must be laced and tied.

     

    Outerwear: 

    • Solid colored sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, coats, hoodies and vests may be worn over school attire.  With the exception of brand/manufacturer’s logos/labels, outerwear may not contain insignias, logos, labels, graphics, embroidery, words or pictures. 
    • Hoodies and hooded jackets may not have the hood covering the head while in the school building.  Violation may result in not being allowed to wear a hoodie at school.

     

    Spirit Wear and School Club Wear:

    • Principals, at their discretion, will have the authority to approve school spirit wear and school club wear to be worn on any school day.  This includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece jackets, and hoodies.

     

    Other Clothing Items or Accessories:

    • Clothing must be worn as intended.
    • Undergarments may not be visible at any time.  No see-through or mesh clothing permitted. 
    • Gang-related clothing or accessories are not permitted.
    • Headwear, sunglasses and bandanas are not permitted.
    • Solid color, patterned or striped ties may be worn. 

     

    Noncompliance with this policy is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will be subject to the consequences therein.  See full policy 4316 for details on religious or medical waivers, special activity accommodations, and principal exceptions.