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Student Dress Code - Pender County BOE Policy 4316

The board believes that the dress and personal appearance of students greatly affect their academic performance and their interaction with other students. The board requests that parents outfit their children in clothing that will be conducive to learning. The board prohibits appearance or clothing that does the following: (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.

All students must adhere to the following standards.

1. Students may not wear sagging pants or pants worn below the hipbone.

2. Shirts and tops must be long enough to meet the waistband of pants, shorts or skirts at all times. No midriffs, cleavage or underwear shall be visible at any time. See-through clothing is prohibited.

3. Students may not wear sleeveless shirts, tops or dresses that do not cover the top of the shoulder (i.e. tank tops, spaghetti straps, halter tops, tube tops, strapless tops, etc.).

4. Excessively short or tight garments are prohibited. Skirts and shorts may not be shorter than mid-thigh length.

5. Head coverings are prohibited inside school buildings.

6. Adornments that could reasonably be perceived as or used as a weapon, such as chains or spikes, are prohibited.

7. Students may not wear attire with messages or illustrations that are lewd, indecent or vulgar or that advertise any product or service not permitted by law to minors.

Before being punished, a student who is not in compliance with this policy or a school dress code will be given a reasonable period of time to make adjustments so that he or she will be in compliance. Disciplinary consequences for a student who fails to comply after being offered this opportunity shall be consistent with Section D of policy 4300, Student Behavior Policies. The superintendent or designee shall list in the Code of Student Conduct the specific range of consequences that may be imposed on a student for violation of the dress code.

Principals and designees shall exercise appropriate discretion in implementing this policy, including making reasonable accommodations on the basis of students’ religious beliefs or medical conditions. This policy represents the minimum dress code standards in Pender County Schools. Principals have the authority to mandate more restrictive dress codes in individual schools as deemed necessary and reasonable.

Electronics Policy - School Board Policy 4318


Pender County School Board Policy 4318: Students are permitted to possess such devices on school property so long as the devices are not activated, used, displayed or visible during the instructional day or as otherwise directed by local school rules or school personnel.  Wireless communication and portable electronic devices, two-way radios, hand held computers, PALM devices, MP3 players, iPods, CD players, digital and video cameras and similar devices) are prohibited during the instructional day (8:30- 3:35pm), unless it is being used for instructional purpose by the classroom teacher. Please also refer to PCS School Board Policy 3220 (C) regarding Bring Your Own Technology and Wifi access. Instructions available at school.


1st Violation     Lunch Detention for 2 days        Confiscated and returned to student after school

2nd Violation    Lunch Detention for 4 days        Confiscated and returned to parent only

3rd Violation       ISS for 1 day           Confiscated and returned to parent only

4th Violation       ISS for 3 days                          Confiscated and returned to parent only

5th Violation       OSS for 1 day                           Confiscated and returned to parent only

Refusal to turn in a requested electronic device when asked by a school employee will result in out-of-school suspension (OSS).  Please also refer to School Board Policy 4342:  Student Searches.



Students are expected to be in their classroom when the tardy bell rings.  Teachers will close their classroom doors when the tardy bell rings and students will not be permitted to enter the class without a pass.  If you are tardy you will receive a lunch detention.  Excessive tardies will result in more severe disciplinary consequences.

·         1st and 2nd period tardy—lunch detention that day

·         3rd and 4th period tardy—lunch detention the following day