4000 - Students

4316 Student Dress Code

The board believes that the dress and personal appearance of students greatly affect their academic performance and their interaction with other students. The board requests that parents outfit their children in clothing that will be conducive to learning. The board prohibits appearance or clothing that does the following: (1) violates the standards established in this policy or reasonable dress code adopted and publicized by the school; (2) is substantially disruptive; (3) is provocative or obscene; (4) endangers the health or safety of the student or others; or (5) violates policy 4328, Gang-Related Activity.

All students must adhere to the following standards.

1. Students may not wear sagging pants or pants worn below the hipbone.

2. Shirts and tops must be long enough to meet the waistband of pants, shorts or skirts at all times. No midriffs, cleavage or underwear shall be visible at any time. See-through clothing is prohibited.

3. Students may not wear sleeveless shirts, tops or dresses that do not cover the top of the shoulder (i.e. tank tops, spaghetti straps, halter tops, tube tops, strapless tops, etc.).

4. Excessively short or tight garments are prohibited. Skirts and shorts may not be shorter than mid-thigh length.

5. Head coverings are prohibited inside school buildings.

6. Adornments that could reasonably be perceived as or used as a weapon, such as chains or spikes, are prohibited.

7. Students may not wear attire with messages or illustrations that are lewd, indecent or vulgar or that advertise any product or service not permitted by law to minors.

Before being punished, a student who is not in compliance with this policy or a school dress code will be given a reasonable period of time to make adjustments so that he or she will be in compliance. Disciplinary consequences for a student who fails to comply after being offered this opportunity shall 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.

Principals and designees shall exercise appropriate discretion in implementing this policy, including making reasonable accommodations on the basis of students’ religious beliefs or medical conditions. This policy represents the minimum dress code standards in Pender County Schools. Principals have the authority to mandate more restrictive dress codes in individual schools as deemed necessary and reasonable.

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)
Monday, 13 June 2011
Last Updated:
Monday, 08 August 2011