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Dress Code

While attending school or participating in any school-sponsored events and activities, student dress and appearance must meet basic standards of health, safety, cleanliness, and decency. In keeping with Pender County Schools Policy 4316, students are not permitted to wear or display items that represent or display drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, or gang membership, or that promote violence, that are sexually explicit or are offensive. Dress and appearance that disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school will not be tolerated. If a student’s dress and appearance violates school standards, the student will be asked to remove the item(s) and/or change into different clothing. In addition, Dress Code violations are considered Level II Violations under the Cape Fear Middle School Disciplinary Program.

 Student dress must meet the following standards:

  • All clothing must be free of graphics, text, symbols, and screen-printing that display items that represent or display drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, or gang membership, or that promote violence, that are sexually explicit or are offensive.
  • Oversized, undersized, skintight, or revealing garments are not permitted.
  • Clothing that is see-through or reveals the bare body or under garments is not permitted. Examples include, but are not limited to: tube tops, backless tops, one-shoulder tops, spaghetti strap tops, halter tops, clothing that reveals bra straps or underwear, tank tops, and bathing suit tops.
  • Shirts may be tucked in or out, but they must cover the waist band of the pants, skirt, shorts, skort, or capris, whether standing or sitting.
  • Shorts, skirts, dresses, and skorts must be finger tip length or longer. (Leggings are permitted to be worn under finger tip length attire only.)
  • Pants, skirts, shorts, and skorts must be worn at the waist.
  • Pajama pants and lounge pants are not permitted.
  • Closed toed shoes. (Bedroom shoes are not permitted.)
  • Decorative jewelry or clothing with metal spikes and excessive chains are not permitted.
  • Head coverings are not permitted in the school building. This includes, but is not limited to: ball caps, bandanas, do-rags, hats, head wraps, sunglasses, scarves, and visors.

 Note: Reasonable accommodations on the basis of a student’s religious beliefs or medical conditions can be made with prior approval from the principal. Also, exceptions may be made for official school athletic clothing worn by student-athletes during an athletic event or practice.

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