7000 - Personnel

7340 Staff Professional Dress and Appearance


All faculty and employees of the Pender County Public School System serve as role models for the students with whom they work and as leaders in the community. Employees’ dress becomes part of the school system’s atmosphere and should enhance rather than detract from that atmosphere for learning and order. It is the expectation of the Pender County Board of Education that all employees shall dress in a manner and have an appearance that is appropriate and professional in light of the environment in which they work, the duties of their jobs, and the impressionable youth they serve. Dress must also be in accordance with health and safety standards. This policy includes dress for student teachers, substitutes and temporary employees. The board desires that employees respect and adhere to the guidelines for employee dress and appearance established by this policy. The overriding principle is that all employees, while on duty, are representatives of Pender County Schools.

Supervisors and school-level administrators are authorized to interpret and enforce this policy. Any employee in violation of this policy may be asked by his or her supervisor to go home and change clothes and/or refrain from wearing such clothing in the future. Repeated problems with an employee’s inappropriate dress or appearance may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.


Reasonable accommodations shall be made by the appropriate supervisor for those employees who, because of sincerely-held religious beliefs, cultural heritage, medical reasons or job requirements, request a waiver of a particular part of this policy for dress or appearance.

Reasonable modifications to this policy may be made by the appropriate supervisor to accommodate staff members who are engaged in specialized duties such as physical education, vocational education, field trips, or workdays, etc. Modifications may also be made according to the grade level in which employees work.


Friday has been established as Casual Dress Day. Denim jeans and more casual clothing may be worn on Casual Dress Day. Appropriate casual clothing includes school tee shirts.


An employee’s dress or appearance may not be so unusual, inappropriate or lacking in cleanliness that it clearly disrupts classroom or learning activities. The following attire is considered inappropriate for school employees:

1. Jewelry affixed to an employee’s nose, tongue, cheek, lip or eyebrow.

2. Clothing which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, indecent, vulgar or obscene.

a. Skirts, dresses and walking shorts shall be of professional appearance and length.

b. Low necklines, bare midriffs, low-rise pants and overly-tight clothing are not appropriate dress for school system employees. No tank tops or spaghetti strap tops.

3. Clothing which, by words or symbols, promotes alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or the use of controlled substances, or is of a disruptive nature.

4. Clothing and/or body art that depicts or contains profanity, nudity or words or symbols that are sexual in nature.

5. Flip flops such as Rainbows™ and Jellies™ or bedroom shoes or slippers. Dress sandals will be allowed as appropriate.

6. Undergarments worn as an outer garment or any see-through clothing.

7. Hats, sweatbands, bandannas or sunglasses inside school buildings.

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Monday, 11 July 2005
Last Updated:
Monday, 09 August 2010