Wayne County Public Schools Board of Education respects a student's
right to choose his or her style of dress or appearance. However, the
Board of Education will require that students adhere to standards of
dress that are compatible with the requirement of a good school
environment. All students are expected to be groomed and dressed
appropriately for school activities. In the opinion of the principal or
his/her designee, if a student's dress appearance is such that it (1)
disrupts the learning environment, (2) constitutes a threat to health or
safety, (3) is constructed as provocative or obscene, or (4) is lacking
in cleanliness, the principal or the principal's designee may require
the student and the student's parent or guardian to take appropriate
action to remedy the situation.
principal shall have the authority to implement the school dress code
and appearance policy in a manner that is age appropriate, and
reasonable consideration will be made for those students who, because of
a sincerely held religion belief, or medical reason request a waiver of
a particular guideline for dress or appearance. The waiver request
must be in writing from the parent or guardian and must be approved by
the principal or his/her designee. Reasonable accommodations shall be
made by the principal to accommodate students involved in special
duties, activities, or projects approved by the school. This would
include, but is not limited to, athletics, vocational classes and
projects, physical education classes, special events, or other
activities that would allow for non-conforming dress on a school campus
or during a school sponsored event.
action will be taken for any violation of the dress code. Students who
do not comply with the school dress code and appearance policy may be
excluded from participating in certain school programs, including
graduation ceremonies. (Fowler vs. Williamson, 39 N.C. App. 715, 251
S.E. 2d 889 (1979). Copies of the dress code and Appearance Policy will
be made available to students and parents annually.
Specific guidelines listed below will apply to all students:
1. Shorts, skirts, dresses or other clothing cannot be more than three inches above the top of the knee.
2. Shirts, tops, and dresses must cover the top of the shoulder and
the armpits and have sleeves or be worn with a top that does have
sleeves or an undergarment that covers the armpits.
and tops should be long enough to cover the midriff when sitting or
standing; and shirts, tops, and dresses must be buttoned high enough to
cover the chest and the back of the body cannot be exposed.
4. No sagging pants allowed and pants cannot be worn with the waistband below the hipbone.
5. Underwear cannot be visible at any time.
6. No see-through or mesh clothing that will reveal the body or will reveal underwear.
7. Oversized clothing or too-tight clothing such as spandex
bicycle/biker shorts, jeggings, leggings, etc. will not be allowed.
Girls pants should have pockets on them to be considered okay for dress
8. Any form of attire which is indicative of gang affiliation is prohibited.
9. No headwear (hats, caps, hoods, kerchiefs, curlers, sweatbands, etc.) or sunglasses can be worn inside school buildings.
10. No bandannas.
11. Clothing will not be allowed which depicts references to controlled
substances, has unacceptable language and symbols, or that may be
sensitive to the culture of students or staff, or that may be offensive
or suggestive to any race, sex, or religion.
12. Proper footwear is required. Shoes that have laces must be laced and tied.
13. Clothing must be worn appropriately (nothing inside-out, backwards,
rolled up pants legs, unfastened overalls, etc.) and belts must be worn
buckled and worn at the waist line.
14. There will be no jewelry affixed to a students nose, tongue, lips, cheek, or eyebrow. Spacers are not allowed.
Clothing designed for school athletic events, i.e. cheerleader outfits,
etc. that does not meet the above guidelines cannot be worn during the
instructional day unless appropriate outer garments are worn over the
16. Students in grade 4 through 12 must wear a belt if the garment has belt loops.
For security reasons, coats may not be worn inside the school building
during the school day. Coats may be worn during class changes if the
student is exiting the building. Coats may be worn to school and placed
in the student’s locker or hung in the classroom.
addition to the above guidelines, all high school students are expected
to wear their shirt tails tucked in at all times, before, during and
immediately following the instructional day.
violations of the Dress Code and Appearance Policy shall be handled by
the principal or the principal designee and in accordance with Dress
Code. Appropriate disciplinary action for violations of the Dress code
will include the following:
1st Offense: Inform
the student that they have violated Policy 4305. Give the student an
opportunity to change into acceptable clothing by using available
clothes at school or by calling a parent to bring clothes. If neither
option is used, the student may be placed in ISS or isolation for the
remainder of the day. Send a letter to parents informing them that the
student has violated the Student Dress Code and Appearance Policy and
that a repeat infraction will result in ISS, suspension or out of school
2nd Offense: A
second infraction of Policy 4305 will be considered as defiance. The
student will be sent to ISS, to school isolation or may be suspended for
3rd Offense (and additional): A
third infraction of Policy 4305 will result in the student being
suspended out of school for three days and not being allowed to return
to school until a conference is held with the parents and the student.
Disciplinary action may vary if a student has cumulative record of other student conduct violations