Appropriate dress is necessary in order to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and safety. In order to support this, the Board of Education adopted the following dress code to be implemented at all Wake County schools. Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment. Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing, which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene is prohibited.
Examples of prohibited dress or appearance include, but are not limited to, the following:
- All pants must be worn around the waist. Sagging pants and exposed undergarments are not acceptable. Leggings are not pants, and may only be worn as tights and/or stockings.
- T-shirts and other articles of clothing must not contain messages or illustrations that are lewd, indecent, or vulgar or that advertise any product or service not permitted by law to minors.
- Hats and hoods of any kind may not be worn in the building.
- Short shorts, as determined by the longest finger of the student when his/her hands are at his/her sides, bare midriff shirts, strapless shirts, spaghetti strap shirts, see-through clothing, tight garments, and other distracting clothing are not acceptable.
- Any adornment such as chains or spikes that reasonably could be perceived as or used as a weapon are not permitted.
If a student’s dress or appearance is such that it constitutes a threat to the health and safety of others, distracts the attention of other students or staff from their work, or otherwise violates this dress code, the student should be given an opportunity to change by the teacher. If the student does not have an appropriate change of clothing, the student will be referred to Student Services to contact his/her parents. If a student repeatedly violates dress code, administration should be notified.