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Titan Dress Code


Per Pender County Schools Policy 4316, appearance or clothing that does the following is prohibited: (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.  Dress and appearance that disrupt or interfere 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.  Students who are unable or unwilling to make the required corrections will be placed in ISS for at least one day.


The following guidelines must be followed:

  • Clothing that is see-through or reveals the under garments is not permitted.
  • Shirts and tops must cover the top of the shoulder and be long enough to meet the waistband of pants, skirt, shorts, etc. at all times. No midriffs or undergarments may be visible. Tops such as tank tops, spaghetti straps, halter tops, tube tops, strapless tops, etc. are prohibited.
  • Shorts, skirts, dresses, and skorts must sit at the top of the knee.
  • Excessively short or tight garments are prohibited.   
  • “Sagging” is prohibited.  Pants, skirts, shorts, and skorts must be worn at the waist. 
  • Pants/shorts cannot have holes above the knee.
  • Pajama pants and lounge pants are not permitted.
  • Some type of shoes must be worn at all times. Shoes must be appropriate for the specific classes taken. (Bedroom shoes are not permitted at any time.)
  • Decorative jewelry or clothing that could reasonable be perceived or used as a weapon, such as chains, spikes, and fish hooks, are prohibited.
  • Head coverings are not permitted in the school building. This includes, but is not limited to: hats, bandanas, do-rags, head wraps, scarves, headbands, and visors. Decorative hair bands may not be wider than 2 inches.
  • Attire with messages or illustrations that are lewd, indecent or vulgar or that advertise any product or service not permitted by law to minors is prohibited.  Students are not permitted to wear or display items that represent, promote, or display drugs, alcohol tobacco products, gang membership, violence, or sexually explicit behavior.


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.